Priest by Matthew Colville – Fantasy-Faction’s SPFBO Winner
 

Priest by Matthew Colville

SBFBO Review

 
Terry Pratchett attacked by Guardian Journalist Jonathan Jones…
 

Terry Pratchett

Wasn't writing throwaway Fantasy...

 
The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker
 

The Scarlet Gospels

Review

 

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Writing Fight Scenes – What an Editor Wants to See

Writing Fight Scenes – What an Editor Wants to See 

As an editor, something I’ve discovered when I’m editing books for other people is I’m making the same comments over and over again in relation to action scenes. I thought I’d summarize them here in the hope that someone may find it useful for their writing. As always, this is just how I’d do it […]

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Setting as a Character

Setting as a Character 

One of the joys of writing second-world fantasy is the ability to create your own world. You can set up spectacular vistas, ancient empires, mysterious ruins, or whatever else you’d like without worrying about real-world geography and history. You can organize it into places that the protagonists must visit, and in doing so, highlight the […]

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Killing Ten Rats – Why A Writing Career Is Like Playing An MMO

Killing Ten Rats – Why A Writing Career Is Like Playing An MMO 

As a fantasy fan it’s hard to avoid MMORPGs. Even if you’re not personally a fan of Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games, it’s likely you’ve heard of games such as World of Warcraft, Everquest or Lord of the Rings Online. Those not already based on beloved franchises have spawned books and collectibles. Many a writer […]

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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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How to Write Good Dialogue: Courtesy of Mass Effect

How to Write Good Dialogue: Courtesy of Mass Effect 

Here’s a question for you. You’re reading a book and the pace starts to drag, but you’re still curious to know what happens next. What do you do? The answer for me is obvious: you skip to the next section of dialogue. Good dialogue takes the story forward and shows character. Good dialogue crackles on […]

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Writing Contest Winner: Science Fiction

Writing Contest Winner: Science Fiction 

We’re as far in the future as we’ve ever been – what a good reason to write a science fictional story. wikipedia: Science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with imaginative content such as futuristic settings, futuristic science and technology, space travel, time travel, faster than light travel, parallel universes and extraterrestrial life. It […]

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Writing Contest Winner: Religion

Writing Contest Winner: Religion 

December. The darkest month with the longest night of the year. Harsh and cold days and mankind struggling in winter’s iron grip. Separated through walls of snow from others, one feels tiny and alone. What better time to remember that there are gods looking out for you? Gods, who may help you through these hard […]

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Writing Contest Winner: Joker Month

Writing Contest Winner: Joker Month 

We had a lot great contest themes this year and I know that some people didn’t manage to finish their stories on time for some of the contests or didn’t take part for other reasons, so this month I decided to revisit the themes we already had. November (because of NaNoWriMo) is a special month […]

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A Look At Points Of View

A Look At Points Of View 

What point of view to write from is one of the most significant decisions a writer can make about their work, yet with so many aspects of writing craft to consider, characterisation, plotting, pacing, it often gets regulated to the background after a quick, early decision. Giving a little thought to what point of view […]

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Writing Contest Winner: Abandoned Places

Writing Contest Winner: Abandoned Places 

We’ve been getting such good feedback for the short stories our members have submitted in our Monthly Short Story Competition that we have decided to post them on the main site at a rate of one a week. The task this time was to write a story using pictures of abandoned places as inspiration. Abandoned […]

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Writing Contest Winner: Fantasy Clichés

Writing Contest Winner: Fantasy Clichés 

We’ve been getting such good feedback for the short stories our members have submitted in our Monthly Short Story Competition that we have decided to post them on the main site at a rate of one a week. The task this time was to write a story containing the most clichéd fantasy tropes manageable. Nearly […]

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Worldbuilding: Creating Bestiaries and Fantastic Monsters

Worldbuilding: Creating Bestiaries and Fantastic Monsters 

A well-defined bestiary is a must for every fantasy world, unless the creator plans to stick to mundane animals identical to realistic fauna, or there are no animals or creatures at all. In any fantasy world, it is perfectly acceptable to have mundane animals; it actually helps make a world relatable and provides perspective. But […]

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