May 08 2012
If you’re interested in becoming a guest blogger for SN, I’m looking for writing advice for current and/or prospective authors (for example, on some element of writing craft, marketing/sales, promotions/publicity, agents, the publishing industry, or anything else many novelists and/or comic book writers would find helpful). Please send me a 1-2 sentence query at superheronation-at-gmail-dot-com.
As always, these articles do not need to be about superheroes specifically.
Not sure what to write about? Here are some ideas on my board:
- Anything on how to write child protagonists, particularly ones that are significantly younger than the target audience.
- Anything about how to write superhero teams, particularly conflicts within the team. I think this friction between members was absolutely essential for the Avengers movie to work out as well as it did.
- A list of common pitfalls for superheroines and possibly suggestions about how to avoid them.
- Speaking of young protagonists, I’ve had a few writers request help on creating interesting schools in young adult works. If you wanted to take this in a more superhero-specific direction, how do you create a superhero academy without it coming across as a second-rate knockoff of Xavier’s academy?
- I’m always looking for writers’ reviews of novels and movies, particularly ones about superheroes. Show us what worked, what could have been more effective and how, and anything else writers should take away from a particular story.
- Search engine marketing tips for fiction authors–what sort of things can fiction authors do to build online traffic for their work?
- Anything on action scenes, particularly superpowered fight scenes.
- Anything about writing satisfying gun battles. Assume for a second that an author’s only exposure to firearms is through video games and/or Hollywood. Could you give him/her a list of things he should know about firearms? Or maybe X things a competent shooter would do in real life that you wouldn’t see in many video games or movies (E.g. TAKE COVER, DUMBASS) and/or vice versa (Wild West movies sometimes have shooters try to count how many rounds the enemy has left in a gun, but that’d be crazy in a modern setting because clip sizes vary).
- A lot of superhero authors struggle with giving their characters interesting things to do outside of action. I think this is where 90% of horrible superhero romances come from. Two possibilities come to mind: 1) What are some possibilities besides romance? 2) Do you have any ideas on how to execute romances well, particularly with a superhero and/or superheroine involved?