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Fantasy Writing Discussions March 10, 2014
09-Mar-14 By: Mythic Scribes
Clothing descriptions Descriptions of clothes has for as long as I can remember have been an eternal plague to me. I can describe warriors well enough, because well I know… Planets, moons, satellites and stuff I have this SF/Fantasy project that I’m working on. A few months ago I started to do some world building...
Should You Write a Fantasy Trilogy?
09-Mar-14 By: Philip Overby
I recently came to a part in my Work in Progress (WIP) when I said, “Huh, this doesn’t look like it’s going to be a standalone after all.” While I believe there are a lot of important decisions to make about your book (awesome characters, coherent plot, enough giant roach mutants, traditional vs. self-publishing), one...
Fantasy Writing Discussions March 3, 2014
02-Mar-14 By: Mythic Scribes
Secrecy is self-destructive I recently listened to an interview with Andy Weir, who wrote The Martian, and lo and behold, he reveals that he never set out for money. Instead, he… Dwarves of your Worlds I am by nature, a very curious fellow. Besides magic being my most beloved part of fantasy, there are the...
4 Essential Tips for First-Time Con-Goers
02-Mar-14 By: Guest Author
This article is by Joseph Zieja. Cons are vicious, insane things, where emotions run as hard and fast as the alcohol, where dreams are made and broken at bars, and where George R. R. Martin sends people out for cheese steaks at three o’ clock in the morning. You will meet people dressed in costumes...
Fantasy Writing Discussions February 17, 2014
16-Feb-14 By: Mythic Scribes
When you read how much do you visualize characters? I don’t know if this should be in writing questions as its more of a reading question, but here goes. When you read, how much do you visualize the… Help Me Choose My Next Book to Read! I just finished Abercrombie’s The Blade Itself, and I...
Racial Diversity in Speculative Fiction
15-Feb-14 By: Guest Author
This article is by Anne Leonard. A current – and recurring – topic of conversation in the SFF writer/ blogger/ reader community is the lack of people of color (POC) writing and publishing in the field. (This is also an issue in the literary community in general; here’s a recent post on the subject that...
Fantasy Writing Discussions February 10, 2014
09-Feb-14 By: Mythic Scribes
How to write a flashback that goes with the flow of the story? I am writing a story with more than one protagonist. There is one character with past that reader needs to know about. I am not sure how to show… The Divine Right of Kings Call this “The Peasant’s Dictionary”: Tyrant: the guy...
Making Romance Epic – 5 Tips for Writers
09-Feb-14 By: Brian DeLeonard
Romantic relationships are a part of being human. Not every novel needs a romantic subplot. But given enough time and depth, most characters will develop that side of their lives. If we’re ignoring love, we aren’t writing fully realized characters. If we as writers can tap into the allure and mystery of romance, we have...
Fantasy Writing Discussions February 3, 2014
02-Feb-14 By: Mythic Scribes
Ellipses, dialogue, and capitalization This is another one that came up while editing that Swedish My Little Pony fanfic. I suggested a couple different forms the author could use to… Tense shift in conversation? While revising an early scene in WQ this morning, I noticed myself slipping from past tense to present and back again...
Is Fantasy Fiction Too Safe?
01-Feb-14 By: Philip Overby
The last dozen fantasy books I’ve read would be classified as epic fantasy. Some kind of hero or heroine goes on a quest, or there are world-spanning conflicts between kings and queens. I guess you’re expecting me to say, “Ugh, I’m so sick of epic fantasy.” Actually, no. I quite enjoy these kinds of stories...