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Chapter 1, Orphans of the Celestial Sea

 

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Added by Mark Fenger on September 21, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Why Steampunk?



I first learned about Steampunk many years ago, when issue #4 of Girl Genius had just hit the stands. My brother is an avid comic collector and he encouraged me to read them. I found them really cool, but at the time I was busy with many other things, and the whole idea of Steampunk got put on a back-burner in my mind.



A little over a year ago, I… Continue

Added by Mark Fenger on October 6, 2011 at 10:53am — No Comments

Why aren't there more good steampunk movies out there?

I've been wondering this for a while. Is it because the few Steampunkish films released have done really poorly, like the Wild Wild West, and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, or because Hollywood just hasn't caught on to how cool a well articulated Steampunk film could be?



Bloodrunsclear created this fake Weird West movie trailer by chopping up other films.…

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Added by Mark Fenger on September 29, 2011 at 1:23pm — No Comments

Character Thoughts

Characters are the motive force behind any good story. You can have the most amazing plot, world building, write the snappiest dialogue and create prose that makes editors shrug and say, "I have nothing to say", but if the characters are flat and lifeless the…

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Added by Mark Fenger on June 20, 2011 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

Hey, What's the Big Idea?



I think the big idea, or high concept, of a story is one of the most important things for an aspiring writer to consider before setting pen to paper.



I believe there are two main ways a book sells to a publisher.



1) The author is a known quantity…

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Added by Mark Fenger on June 15, 2011 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

HOOKS



Hooks, for those of you who don't write, are the bits at the beginning of a book designed to reel in a prospective reader, agent or editor. If you've ever picked up a book in the store, read the first page and decided on the spot that you had to buy that book you've experienced a well written hook.

 

The hook is arguably the most important part of a book.…

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Added by Mark Fenger on June 14, 2011 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

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