Category: fiction

Your characters’ memories and perception of time

How can you portray time as coming toward a person or as a person as moving through time?

How rapidly do events happen within your character’s timeline and how do they perceive that speed?

How does your character perceive and remember a sequence of rapid-fire events?

When the truth is revealed, does your character give up their false memories and false narratives?

A talk with Skye Yvonne, author of ‘Astraethea’

Today I talk with Skye Yvonne, author of the YA novel Astraethea, the first book in a planned series. She’s also known online as Laila Winters. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Amazon, and her website. – Tucker Lieberman T.L.: You provide a lot of…

‘Freshwater’ gives fresh language for body and spirit

4-panel digital art by Tucker Lieberman

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi (available from BookPeople) tells the story of someone whose identity has always been defined by multiple spirits, the ọgbanje. “So we were still caged inside the Ada, with the grainy memory of charcoal coating the back of her throat. She…

Can the truth-tellers win?

Conspiracy theories lost their place in fiction as the 21st century approached, says Alan Glynn in his Vulture article last week. First, it no longer seemed “shocking that those in power might be bad actors.” Second, Internet-fueled “information overload led to a sort of…

Can fiction writers benefit from falsificationism?

In “The Falsification Mindset: How to Change Your Own Mind,” Mike Sturm explains why a belief system or theory should state “what specific evidence would prove it wrong.” For one thing, as proposed by Karl Popper, the theory isn’t scientific unless you do this. It’s…