Writing Tips: Creating And Describing Your Setting

Writing Tips: Creating And Describing Your Setting

ROBERT ROTH Author Page My Blog Writing Tips: Creating And Describing Your Setting In science fiction and fantasy writing, and speculative fiction in general, the setting plays just as important a role as the characters. Whether your location is a real place, an...
Friday Flash Fiction: Missed Connections

Friday Flash Fiction: Missed Connections

ROBERT ROTH Author Page My Blog Friday Flash Fiction: Missed Connections Story Prompt An alien species comes to Earth, and, due to a clerical error, their ambassador shows up on the doorstep of a low-level government employee, who welcomes them in for snacks. The...
Checking Your Biases In Your World-Building

Checking Your Biases In Your World-Building

ROBERT ROTH Author Page My Blog Checking Your Biases In Your World-Building On a recent episode of Star Trek: Discovery, Captain Saru admonished Admiral Vance that the crew of the Discovery should be kept together by relating to him the analogy of how Giotto’s use of...
Storytelling: Don’t Forget The Why

Storytelling: Don’t Forget The Why

ROBERT ROTH Author Page My Blog Storytelling: Don’t Forget The Why One of the keys to writing an excellent story is to fill it with fascinating characters doing interesting things–the who and the what. But one of the easiest ways to write a boring story is to...
Friday Flash Fiction: A Recipe Goes Very Wrong

Friday Flash Fiction: A Recipe Goes Very Wrong

ROBERT ROTH Author Page My Blog Friday Flash Fiction: A Recipe Goes Very Wrong Story Prompt: A recipe goes very wrong. Characters: Bartrum Snell, a crotchety, robed, elderly wizard, and Edric, his young, eager apprentice Edric stood on his tiptoes as he stretched his...