Writing tip - a note on speculation

A quick note on Speculation in creative writing...

The writer speculates about a scenario, researches everything about that scenario, and then puts their characters in that scenario and gets them out dead or alive, scarred or unscarred, better or worse etc.

Pure speculation is best left for situations where writers don’t have the evidence to support the theories underpinning their story. i.e fantasy, futuristic, off world, 2 thousand years ago.

To purely speculate about “what it is was like…” in spite of supporting evidence, can be misleading to the reader who is seeking a genuine connection with a character. (It can also lead to backlash from people who have experienced it). It can not only weaken the story, it can cause the writer to lose credibility. When there is so much evidence available to a writer, there is no reason to rely on pure speculation alone.

There is only one last place a writer might wish to purely speculate. And that is whether or not to touch the electric wire.


D L Richardson is the author of speculative fiction. She has three teen novels and one short story anthology published. Her first novel reached number 2 at OmniLit and number 38 at Kobo Books. Her second reached number 1 at OmniLit. Little Red Gem is her third novel and recently won 2nd place Best Books of 2013 Paranormal Cravings. She lives in Australia on the NSW south coast with her husband and dog.

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