August 7th, 2012

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Writing Excuses 7-32: Astronomy 101 For Writers

Writing Excuses 7-32: Astronomy 101 For Writers

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/08/05/writing-excuses-7-32-astronomy-101-for-writers/

Key points: knowing something about astronomy can help with world building. For example, tides affect fishing, the continents, and so forth. Habitable zones, the liquid water zone, are like Goldilocks -- not too close or you get steam, not too far or you get ice, just in the middle. Contrary to popular thought, the seasons depend on axial tilt, not orbit.
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[Eric] Writing prompt. Write about a world that your space colonists are going to that has a different axial tilt from Earth, and try and figure out how that affects the seasons for it.
[Brandon] Okay. Thank you very much, Eric. This has been Writing Excuses. You're out of excuses, now go write.
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