Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
 

Spinning Silver

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City of Lies by Sam Hawke
 

City of Lies

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Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks
 

Consider Phlebas

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Browsing all articles by Thomas A. Knight.

Writer’s Den: Describing the Indescribable

Writer’s Den: Describing the Indescribable 

Hoglers don’t exist. You’ve never heard of them, and I’ve certainly never heard of them. As an object of the imagination, they defy description. This is a challenge that faces all science fiction and fantasy writers. How do you go from an idea of an object, creature, race or place that only exists at the […]

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Lights, Camera, Action!

Lights, Camera, Action! 

The cornerstone of almost all great fantasy books is the action scenes held within them. This is also one of the skills that many authors of today have trouble with. A good action scene will draw readers in and immerse them in the author’s world. It will grip them so tight that the pages will […]

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Magically Systematic

Magically Systematic 

One of the keystones of the fantasy genre is magic. Whether it be dark and mysterious, lost and forgotten, or as common as forks and spoons, it is an ever-present theme in our favourite fantasy books. There doesn’t seem to be anything magic can’t do. When our heroes are in trouble, a well placed spell […]

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Writer’s Den: Inspiration’s Inspiration

Writer’s Den: Inspiration’s Inspiration 

I tried to figure out what to write about this month, but couldn’t find the inspiration. Usually something comes to me, but not this time. And then it came to me: Inspiration. It’s the word I dread most, not simply because of what it stands for, but also because of how it is used. When […]

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Writer’s Den: Plotters vs. Pantsers

Writer’s Den: Plotters vs. Pantsers 

There are two types of writers in the world: those who plot out their writing, and those who write by the seat of their pants. Plotters and Pantsers. (Yeah, yeah, I hear you shouting about hybrids, we’ll talk about that later.) But who has it better? Who has an easier time pumping out those novels, […]

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Writer’s Den: Using Game Worlds in Writing

Writer’s Den: Using Game Worlds in Writing 

As a fantasy author, I try to keep up with the trends in the industry. The dos and the don’ts are important to what I do. A discussion came up one day on one of the message forums I frequent about using game worlds in fantasy writing, and I thought I would talk about this […]

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Writer’s Den: What’s in a Name?

Writer’s Den: What’s in a Name? 

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Or so wrote the great William Shakespeare. But would it really? Names are important in fiction. It’s hard to identify with a character that has a long or difficult to pronounce name, and names that are too common or overused can have the same effect. […]

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Writer’s Den: Using Feedback to Better Your Work

Writer’s Den: Using Feedback to Better Your Work 

Writing a book is hard. Nobody told me this when I started writing my first novel. I went in blind thinking, “Hey, I can do this, it’s just words right?” Well, over time I’ve learned that it’s more than words. It’s prose. New writers may not have any idea what the word “prose” means, and […]

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Writer’s Den: Writing a Good Critique

Writer’s Den: Writing a Good Critique 

As writers, especially in this world of so many new indie and self publishing options, we take on many tasks. From writing and editing our books, to illustrating, creating trailers, and also marketing platforms. One must have many talents to succeed — or else know people with many talents. We should add another important task […]

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Writer’s Den: Developing Supporting Characters

Writer’s Den: Developing Supporting Characters 

No matter what genre you write in, or what kind of book you’re planning, inevitably the story will touch more than just your protagonist and antagonist. These supporting characters are what breathe life and reality into an otherwise two-person, or even one-person tale. If your main characters are the skeleton of your story, then your […]

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Picking a World

Picking a World 

So you’ve decided to write a fantasy novel, but the big question on your mind is: “What fantasy world do I set it in?” This is an important question to answer before proceeding with your book. Many writers start on their book without any idea of where they are setting it. And without a good […]

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