Saving the World One Word at a Time – Writing Cli-Fi

Available on Amazon Discover how writing fiction can make the world a better place. This book offers instruction, inspiration and prompts for writing cli-fi; speculative fiction that focuses primarily on the ways that climate change is transforming our world. Explore how plot, place and character development can make climate change personal. By anticipating and elaborating … Continue reading Saving the World One Word at a Time – Writing Cli-Fi

hottest year #clifi

The New York Times reports that 2014 was the hottest year on record surpassing 2010 "planetary warming...poses profound long-term risks to civilization and to the natural world."  photo: US Fish and Wildlife Service It's ten years from now. Deliver the news, as it will be if no remedies are put in place, to Bettles Light and Power … Continue reading hottest year #clifi

pollution is personal

Pollution involves the introduction of waste or contaminants into the natural world, causing adverse and potentially catastrophic changes. Often pollutants are a result of processes or behaviors that generate benefits to some, without regard for consequences to all. Call the act of polluting 'short-sighted' or 'selfish', but changes of heart (and thus behavior) are not inspired by name calling. … Continue reading pollution is personal

the world is flat

Belief is more easily shaped by emotions than by facts. This is why the facts of climate change are so hotly contested. Write to make change.  photo: LosHawlos Writing prompt: Here is a conductor's bag with money changer - create the world ten years from now in which whatever you believe about climate change proves true. Discover … Continue reading the world is flat

all askew

Einstein was so much more than what they taught in school. His theory of relativity articulated a fundamental link between space and time -  the 4 dimensional space-time continuum, having three space dimensions: up/down, left/right, forward/backward, and 1 time dimension. Though I still don't understand him, I am enchanted.   "Lights All Askew in the Heavens", write a 200 word story, … Continue reading all askew

crepuscular

adj: resembling twilight. or: birds, insects, or animals active at twilight.   This is a word that doesn't sound like what it means. Crepuscular sounds faintly menacing or like a medical condition. Forget the definition, in a 10 minute free-write respond to what this word evokes, and discover the foundation for a speculative fiction story.

truth to fiction

Translating life into fiction can be a way to externalize our inner apocalypse...  photo: Jon Sullivan ...and reading our fiction can lead us to an understanding of what we have locked away. Write about a Thanksgiving that became a turning point in your life, locate it in an exaggerated world of your creation, and animate it with people who enact … Continue reading truth to fiction

the password games

Password was the name of a television game show which first aired in the 1960's. Non-celebrity contestants, teamed with celebrity partners,tried to guess passwords based on clues given by their partners. The game was timed, and if the clue-giver broke the rules by saying part of the password, they lost that round. Winners received cash … Continue reading the password games

thanksgiving in orbit

Speculative Fiction is at its best when based on enough factual details that it feels not only possible, but likely. So imagine, instead of 'over the river and through the woods',living in a world in which traveling to grandmother's house meant leaving from a spaceport to attend Thanksgiving dinner in orbit. Read Ted Talks about … Continue reading thanksgiving in orbit