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The Will to Battle by Ada Palmer

Other Story Ingredients beyond World, Characters, and Plot

by Ada Palmer

The more I talk to other authors about craft the clearer it is that novelists use a huge range of different planning styles. People talk about “Planners” vs. “Pantsers,” i.e., people who plan books and series in advance vs. people who plunge in and write by the seat of their pants. Each category contains a spectrum, for instance people who plan just the major plot points vs. people who plan every chapter. But even then, authors who are improvisational about some parts of storymaking can be very much plotters when it comes to others.

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Mad Hatters and March Hares edited by Ellen Datlow

Me and Alice

by Ellen Datlow

There have been many books written about Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its companion volume Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found by Lewis Carroll: exploring their meaning--psychological, political, mathematical--and about their author, Charles L. Dodgson (1832-1898), a mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon, and photographer--and his relationship with the model for his heroine, Alice Liddell.

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Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren

Unfinished: Writing Through Grief

by Kari Maaren

When you’re a debut author, everyone assumes you’re writing like mad. You should be writing like mad. You defeated the odds and got your work accepted by a publisher, right? So where’s your follow-up? Have you hauled out six trunk novels and polished them? Are you working on a sequel? Two sequels?

I haven’t finished a novel in seven years.

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Would you survive pulling a heist like the one in Steal the Stars?

Steal the Stars by Mac Rogers and Nat Cassidy

In the Tor Labs podcast Steal the Stars, former soldiers Dak and Matt try to pull off the ultimate heist. To escape their powerful employers and fund their life together, they’ll have to steal the alien body they’ve been guarding and escape to parts unknown. Do you have what it takes to get away with grand theft extraterrestrial? Take our quiz and find out!

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