Happy End, Sad End, or Cliffhanger?

Happy End, Sad End, or Cliffhanger?

The ending may only be a small part of your whole story. But it is crucial. It can make your audience re-read or re-watch your work. So, it is always good to think thoroughly your story’s ending well. You can choose one of three common ends: happy, sad, or cliffhanger. In the end, whichever ending you chose, make sure the main conflict in your story has been resolved. Continue Reading →

How to Create a Heart Touching Story

Heart touching story

To write a story that could make the audience shed tears is a challenge for many authors. In brief, the keywords are three: character, plot, and your insight. Introduce your main character. What is his dream, weakness, struggling, etc. Tell your audience in smooth detail. I mean, make sure they read/watch real people with real problem. Secondly, the plot. Start with an alright condition. When everything seems fine and suddenly something drastic happens, your audiences aren’t so prepared, they’ll empathize. Last, read as many sad movies or novel as you can to give you best insight about how to touch the audience’s emotion. Continue Reading →

5 Cents per Word for Speculative Fiction

Memory of the Future (by Raul Cruz)Feel like writing good speculative fiction? This is for you, then. Founded in September 2000, Strange Horizons is a weekly web-based magazine of and about speculative fiction. The term “speculative fiction” refers to what is more commonly known as sci-fi, but which properly embraces science fiction, fantasy, magic realism, slipstream, and a host of sub-genres. They want:

  • Stories that have some literary depth but aren’t boring.
  • Styles that are unusual yet readable.
  • Structures that balance inventiveness with traditional narrative.
  • Characters we can care about.
  • Settings and cultures that we don’t see all the time in speculative fiction.
  • Stories that address political issues in complex and sensitive ways. Continue Reading →