3 Replies to “First Cup of Coffee – October 29, 2020”

  1. The sound was clear and volume fine.

    Looking forward to the interviews with the anthology authors. Hoping the Nalini interview will still happen.

    I can see the surface similarities, and even some characteristics in common, but the overall characters, setting, and magic systems feel very different between the two series. Like music all has 7 notes, books all have 26 letters (in English). It’s how they are combined that matters.

    Jayne Ann Krentz often talks about how authors have a core story they write over an over. That the settings and time periods can be completely different but your core story fits in any landscape.

    I think both ideas (core image, core story) go a lot toward author voice and is one of things readers get attached to and why some authors become favorite autobuys we will follow to any subgenre. Whereas authors a reader doesn’t feel that sense of attachment to are not as trusted.

  2. I have a friend who writes the same story (Xena & Gabrielle, but SF) over and over again, and makes no apologies for it 😉

    I’m not sure what would be best for the masterclass. I think my biggest problems at the moment are story arc/plotting and showing the emotional states of the characters accurately, but that doesn’t necessarily mean either is what you should teach. I can say that what I’m most interested in, at this point, are classes that are both interactive and offer some amount of feedback, but I’m not sure how much of that you can do in a one-day class, regardless of the subject.

    What do you think is your biggest strength, or that you have a lot to talk about? The venue would also make a difference-is it SFF, Romance, both, or neither?

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