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Stepping through the Fun House Mirror

Most genre fiction exists in an alternate world. Genre world-building can be largely metaphorical and extrapolative, or simply fanciful. Alternate reality is a tricky genre that borrows from our history just enough to establish the world, and then tweaks it.

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Posted in Alix E Harrow, Tor.com

[Analysis] Looking at “said-isms”

I don’t know of a single writer who has made it who hasn’t heard the rule about “said-isms”, those verbs writers use to avoid “said.” During the last Orycon, one panelist (whose attribution escapes me) said “‘said’ is punctuation” and

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Posted in Isabel Yap, Tor.com, Word Crunching
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