Worlds Within Worlds – Part Three: Old Grey Beards
 

Worlds Within Worlds

Part Three: Old Grey Beards

 
Games Wizards Play by Diane Duane
 

Games Wizards Play

Review

 
The Witchwood Crown by Tad Williams
 

The Witchwood Crown

Review

 

Browsing all articles by Amy Rose Davis.

Romance in Fantasy – Part One

Romance in Fantasy – Part One 

I’ve said it before: I write romantic fantasy. I never start out a story intending to write romance, but somehow, romantic threads always show up. I used to fight this phenomenon, but I’ve grown to realize that I just like romantic storylines. Not romances, mind—I don’t read much romance that’s just romance for romance’s sake. […]

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The Dreaded Adverb Problem

The Dreaded Adverb Problem 

The poor adverb. No part of speech is more maligned than this little modifier. When authors want to insult each other, what do we do? We accuse each other of using too many adverbs. It’s the writer equivalent of “your mama.” But to say that all adverb use is lazy or a sign of bad […]

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Rhythm and Time – Part 1: Give Your Writing a Beat of Its Own

Rhythm and Time – Part 1: Give Your Writing a Beat of Its Own 

I took seven years of piano lessons growing up. I have a terrible ear, and I never practiced enough to become technically adept, but I was always pretty good at sight-reading and keeping time. My sense of meter and rhyme is pretty instinctive when it comes to music. Like music, writing has meter and timing […]

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Fantasy Relationship Building: From Real World to the Page

Fantasy Relationship Building: From Real World to the Page 

When I mentioned at the end of my last article that I was looking for some ideas for future columns, our esteemed Overlord suggested that I tackle romantic relationships in fantasy. Never content with confining myself to just one idea, I thought, “hey, why not look at some of the relationships we’ve come to know […]

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The Rulebreaker’s Guide to the Semicolon

The Rulebreaker’s Guide to the Semicolon 

When I started writing fiction again in November 2009, I just wrote. I didn’t care about what was okay, what was forbidden, and what was tolerable—I just purged my head of the story that had been stewing there for three years. It was raw and unpracticed and ugly, but there was something so authentic about […]

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Mom Always Liked You Best: Siblings in Fantasy

Mom Always Liked You Best: Siblings in Fantasy 

In the world of relationships, there may be no more complex, teeth-gnashing, frustrating, and glorious relationship than the one between siblings. If you have at least one sibling, you probably remember the thousands of “yes-you-did-no-I-didn’t” fights you had growing up. You also most likely remember the times you ganged up on your parents and pulled […]

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Parents and Children in Fantasy

Parents and Children in Fantasy 

Tis the Season for Novel Fodder: Parents and Children in Fantasy For many of us in the western world, December marks the annual party season that brings us in contact with all of our nearest and dearest. For some, this is welcome—a chance to catch up with friends and family. For others, it’s an opportunity […]

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The Last Hurrah: A Farewell to Fantasy Faction

The Last Hurrah: A Farewell to Fantasy Faction 

It is with a heavy heart that I write this, my final post for Fantasy-Faction. After much deliberation and consideration, I’ve come to the realization that in order to properly re-prioritize my life, a few things simply have to come to an end. I held out here as long as I could, y’all, but I […]

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The Fantasy Feminist – Part 4

The Fantasy Feminist – Part 4 

A comment from AE Marling on one of my recent blog posts about feminism in fantasy triggered some thoughts about another approach to bringing a feminist touch to our works—namely, what about the role of men in our stories? How can the men we write promote the idea that women are equal—not better, not the […]

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THE FANTASY FEMINIST: PART 3

THE FANTASY FEMINIST: PART 3 

I have two apologies to make to Fantasy Faction readers. First, I apologize for my last article. I sort of phoned that one in. I realized it after I re-read it. It was definitely not up to my usual standards. Second, I apologize for not submitting an article last week. While I hate to sound […]

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The Fantasy Feminist: Part 2

The Fantasy Feminist: Part 2 

I talked last week about what makes a strong character in general, but this week I want to be more specific about the kind of female characters I think we should see more of. I think it’s important to recognize that a female character doesn’t necessarily need magic, a sword, or a perfect (and willing) […]

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The Fantasy Feminist

The Fantasy Feminist 

In my last article, I mentioned that I needed some more ideas for my next several columns, and once again, Fantasy-Faction readers came through for me! I’m starting with a subject that’s near and dear to my heart: writing the strong female character. The question posed on Twitter actually asked how to write a strong […]

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