The A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post 26 articles on a themed topic. It’s supposed to be every day except Sundays during the month of April but I find that too busy and decided to post mine ‘about’ once a month. Yes, it’ll take me a couple of years. Sigh.
My topic, like the last three times, will be writing genres.
realist portrayals of scientists and science as a profession
- The Lablit website says: “[Lablit] depicts realistic scientists as central characters and portrays fairly realistic scientific practice or concepts, typically taking place in a realistic — as opposed to speculative or future — world.” Good tips for crafting these stories
- Lablit is fiction but not speculative or futuristic.
- Make your science central to the plot and characters and the type of stuff that could be searched on the Internet.
- If you like writing real science as a central plot, you’ll want to visit the premiere website on this topic, Lablit.com.
- Don’t stereotype your scientists in white labcoats and glasses.
- The scientists in these novels are human, fallible, and prone to the same problems as anyone.
- Make readers feel like an observer at the lab door.
- Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux
- Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis
- Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
- Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
- Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman
- Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday
- A Whiff of Death by Isaac Asimov
- The Double Helix by James Watson–yes this is non-fiction but enthralling and gripping enough to be fiction
BTW: If the book you’ve written fits into any of these genres, let me know in the comments and I’ll include you, the book title, and where to purchase it.
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Man vs. Nature saga, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the acclaimed Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Natural Selection, Winter 2022