The clearest explanation of the differences between fantasy and surrealism I've yet to see comes from Ursula K. Le Guin's essay "The Critics, the Monsters, and the Fantasists."
Thankfully, the definition of speculative fiction simple: Speculative fiction is any storytelling possessing elements that aren’t feasible based on modern technology or elements that cannot be explained by modern science.
In early 2016, I was ask to participate alongside other small press editors as a panelist in the day long event "Get Published! 2016" at the Herrick District Library in Holland, Michigan, hosted by MiFiWriters. The programming mainly focused on the mechanics of publication, so that's what I'd prepped for. But there were a couple … Continue reading When To Kill a Character
Beginning writers are often given the advice "write what you know." It's not a rule, not by a long shot. It's advice. And it's not even advice that applies long-term. It's training wheels. When you're starting to write, you have a lot of brand new considerations to make. You're learning to balance craft -- storytelling, grammar, … Continue reading Writing What You Know and Researching What You Don’t