The Dreaded Adverb Problem
 

The Dreaded Adverb Problem

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Exploring Rural Landscape
 

Exploring Rural Landscape

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Plotting – What Happens Next?
 

Plotting – What Happens Next?

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Young Love

Monthly Short Story Winner: Young Love 

This month’s stories are about people experiencing true love (or what they believe to be love) for the first time. I know that writing about feelings – and especially love – is quite hard too but since love is an integral part of life, it was about time to try writing about it. If you […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Mighty Beasts

Monthly Short Story Winner: Mighty Beasts 

You know they’re out there. Lurking. Just out of your sight. Maybe immortal. Or so close that it doesn’t make a difference. Having survived for longer than human history exists. Because they’re tougher, smarter and meaner than anything else. Dragons, leviathans, kraken or other things from deep below – our mythologies are filled with gargantuan […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Known Title, Unknown Story

Monthly Short Story Winner: Known Title, Unknown Story 

The name of the short story must be that of a fantasy bestseller but the story isn’t allowed to have anything to do with the original book. So if your story’s title is The Name of the Wind it isn’t allowed to be about an orphan musician magician sex god king killer and the power […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Politics, Scheming, and Intrigue

Monthly Short Story Winner: Politics, Scheming, and Intrigue 

Scheming courtiers with different goals, layers of conflict, strings being pulled behind the scenes, power shifting, social climbers, too cocksure of themselves to be careful, poison… Political fantasy stories (think ASoIaF) usually have a lot of worldbuilding and complex plots. Intricate governmental hierarchies need to be created to make them believable. Backstory, motives, complex relationships […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Space Opera

Monthly Short Story Winner: Space Opera 

“Space opera is a subgenre of science fiction that emphasizes space warfare and often romantic, often melodramatic adventure, set mainly or entirely in outer space. It usually involves conflict between opponents possessing advanced abilities, futuristic weapons and other sophisticated technology.” – Wikipedia Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series, Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, and George Lucas’ Star […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Flash Fiction

Monthly Short Story Winner: Flash Fiction 

Postcard Fiction. Short, Short Stories. Micro Fiction. 500 words or less. This month, that’s all our entrants got. Wikipedia says that flash fiction ‘often contains the classic story elements: protagonist, conflict, obstacles or complications, and resolution.’ It adds that ‘the limited word length often forces some of these elements to remain unwritten – that is, […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Multiple Points of View

Monthly Short Story Winner: Multiple Points of View 

Multiple points of view can be tricky to write in full length novels. They are even harder in short stories. This month our entrants had to write a story containing more than one point of view. Short stories do not often have multiply POVs and it was quite challenging for our writers to fit more […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Fairy Tales

Monthly Short Story Winner: Fairy Tales 

Some are funny and silly. Some are dark and strange. But all of them have a morale, a (more or less fixed) narrative, and rules. This month’s short story contest features fairy tales. In fairy tales, numbers are important. It’s always three sons and the youngest is the smartest. There may be seven princesses but […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Mazes

Monthly Short Story Winner: Mazes 

Welcome back to our monthly writing contest winner post. This month our contest participants wrote stories about mazes. There were a lot of great entries, but before we look at the winner, here is the write up for the contest. Life can be very complex in the fantasy world. Characters are often presented with multiple […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Magic

Monthly Short Story Winner: Magic 

Welcome back to our monthly writing contest winner’s post. This month our contest participants wrote stories about one of the most common themes in fantasy: magic. There were a lot of great entries, but before we look at the winner, here is the write up for the contest. This month we’re going to head back […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Time Travel

Monthly Short Story Winner: Time Travel 

It’s time again to reveal the winner of our monthly short story contest. Each month we pick a theme and ask our members to write a story based on that theme. Anyone can join and anyone can vote for the winner. April’s contest theme was: Time Travel. This month we’re going to do something a […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: The City

Monthly Short Story Winner: The City 

Every month in the Fantasy-Faction forums we have a themed writing contest. It’s run throughout each month, and voting on the winner takes place across the month thereafter. Anyone can take part – it’s all a bit of fun, but as an added incentive, the winner will have their story posted here, on the main […]

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