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Typical elements of a good story.

1. Must have characters that you love AND hate. Of course some of these came change with the story, but not too many. Otherwise, why care what happens!

2. There MUST be unexpected plot reversals.That is why we follow the story!

3. Have a point to make, but not too many. Life is about lessons and the best, most memorable experiences teach us lessons.

4. Must be believable. This includes the characters, the events and the setting. In SciFi this means we have to work harder to set things up. And I never liked dumbing down characters to make the action flow.

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Writing Tips

5 Practical Tips for a Better Story

Without a doubt I come from an unconventional, non-writing background. I have degrees in quantitative Economics, Business and Religion and a CPA license despite not holding an Accounting degree. At the time I became a CPA because I could.

When I began to write I brought the intensity birthed in other fields. I wrote a lot by most standards, penning four novels in my first two years after committing to write.

My preferred genre is science fiction but has nothing to do with the gee-wiz graphics of a modern block buster movie.

4 Tricks to Becoming a Prolific Writer

I have described myself as prolific, and after looking at my early track record no one could disagree. I waited many years before taking up the pen to write. But once I started I took off by most standards, writing four novels in two years.

Without hesitation it is impossible to be a prolific writer if you are always getting stumped by writer’s block. In fact it is tough being a writer at all if you keep getting stumped by anything, especially if you are just beginning.

No one but a writer is permitted the luxury of throwing up their hands and saying they can’t work for days, if not months!

Basis for the book Brainstorm

Science Fiction must be believable. We must therefore begin with a kernel of truth to tell our story. In Brainstorm I chose neuroplasticity (process by which mature brain changes), the sinoatrial node (the heart's human pacemaker) and some characteristics of an actual but obscure genetic syndrome. To that I added interesting characters and let the conflict spin.

Development of Characters

All stories are about characters. Characters can be people, animals or whatever is needed to tell the story. Regardless of the choice, characters must be believable and connect to the reader. Normally someone is likable and someone is detestable.     

Latest Novel

Last Defenders - "one of a kind war story; one that you read now but remember for years to come.” Faridah Nassozi for Readers’ Favorite (2014, 5 Stars) These six women are no ladies!

Non Fiction vs. Science Fiction

Science Fiction allows you to tell what you think without having to say what to do about it. I can either tell what I think ought to be done or just say here is a problem and just leave it at that. Of course Science Fiction lets me craft a reality that sets up the worst outcome.

Organic Stories

My stories must come alive so they write themselves. The key is to set the stage through the characters and events then allow the story to unfold. The big trick is know when to toss in a plot twist or at least move things along to keep the reader involved.  
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