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Fantasy Writing Community

Magic on a Boat – Telling a Story Without Writing It
21-Aug-16   By: Featured Author

This article is by Sheila Wisz Ellayn. It was a beautiful summer evening on July 4th, 1862, when Reverend Robinson Duckworth began to row a boat on the Thames to take the Liddell sisters home, after having enjoyed a picnic earlier that day. The three young girls were the daughters of Henry Liddell, the Dean […]

Let’s Talk About Theme
13-Aug-16   By: Brian DeLeonard

Listen up fantasy writers: We need to talk more about literary themes. I know that themes are hard. In English class my teachers and probably yours talked about themes in a way that felt overthought, random, and forced. Some literary writers describe themes as a regimented dictum that defines every page of our novels like […]

Finishing That Endless Manuscript
08-Aug-16   By: Philip Overby

I’ve been working on the same story for months now. It’s the slowest I’ve ever written a single story in my whole life. What started out as a one-off short story evolved into a long short story, then a novelette, and now it’s looking like a novella by the time I’m finished. In some ways […]

Why You Should Care What Others Think
24-Jul-16   By: Kassan Warrad

So, you’ve completed your manuscript. Everything is clean. Pacing is solid. Tension is present. The plot is bulletproof. And, unlike my opening, you’re writing is mostly active. You’re ready for the big time. Ready to submit your work to agents or publishers, or both. Let’s do this! Hold up, young grasshopper. Rein in your enthusiasm […]

Your World in Ruin — Worldbuilding Without a Story
12-Jul-16   By: Kassan Warrad

In a recent trip to Palestine, I encountered a ruin. Playing amongst the ruins were two children. They were indifferent to the blocks of shaped stone worn down by time and wind. Indeed, by the growth of weeds and the trash strewn about, most were indifferent to it. But a story lay within. I ventured […]

Lessons of the Last Witch Hunter
10-Jul-16   By: Kassan Warrad

When The Last Witch Hunter first hit the theaters, the reviews were a mixed bag of complaints and acceptance. Many often stated that the movie entertained, but lacked the depth of a blockbuster offering. I have to admit, such reviews prevented me from watching the movie on the big screen. A recent international trip offered […]

Sparks and Clicks: A Guide to Sparkly Storytelling
03-Jul-16   By: Featured Author

This article is by Sheila Wisz Ellayn. Ever since I can remember, the impulse for imagining stories has been inside of me. At first I had little interest in writing about the characters and images in my mind, and I limited them to personal enjoyment. As a child it was great fun to imagine my […]

Parasites — A Primer for Writers
27-Jun-16   By: Codey Amprim

There are creatures whose hunger knows no satisfaction. These creatures intend to fulfill this hunger with insatiable abandon. Once they acquire someone – or something – to host them, the party is sure to go long, and make a nasty mess. And, no, it isn’t your 20 year old son living in your basement. But […]

The Scientific Method of Writing
19-Jun-16   By: Kassan Warrad

Browse any writing forum and you’ll notice a pervasive question manifested in a myriad of forms. How do I keep the reader engaged? What is the correct ratio of adverbs to words? What plot structure works best? When should I use passive writing? What should be the make up of my cast? The kernel of […]

Understanding Tolkien
12-Jun-16   By: Featured Author

This article is by Keitha Sargent. To get the most out of Tolkien’s works, it is important to understand a little about the man, his life, passions and views. Several things shaped the imagination from which Middle Earth emerged: his childhood in England, his experiences in the First World War, and his love for ‘Northern’ myth and literature. Tolkien was born […]

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