Acacia: The War with the Mein by Anthony Durham
 

Acacia: The War with the Mein

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Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb (spoiler free)
 

Fool’s Assassin

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Fantasy Worldbuilding – Build a Guild

Fantasy Worldbuilding – Build a Guild 

In worldbuilding, there are many pieces that are outlined and developed before being incorporated into the big picture. Maps are drawn, nations are sectioned out, and the culture and overall way of life is designed. A lot of consideration is given to religion, government, technological advancement, and militaries. But economies are usually glossed over in […]

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The Villain With A Thousand Faces – Part One: Cardboard Cut-Outs

The Villain With A Thousand Faces – Part One: Cardboard Cut-Outs 

About The Author: Her Holiness the Dragon Queen Zafir, Speaker of the Nine Realms, has played both pro- and antagonist roles in her career as a fictional character. She is either the aloof fist of authority to be respected and feared, a liberator of the oppressed and enslaved, or a dragon-riding genocidal psychotic tyrant bitch-queen […]

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Building A World: Basic Concepts

Building A World: Basic Concepts 

If you search this site you will find a variety of articles that encourage you to think about how you are going to build your stories fantasy world. You can learn about culture, science, religion, races, beasts, vegetation and, yes, landscapes. But how do these things fit in to the whole world? How did it […]

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Worldbuilding A Religion – Part Two: How Religion Shapes Culture

Worldbuilding A Religion – Part Two: How Religion Shapes Culture 

In Worldbuilding A Religion – Part One, we went over the basic differences between religions and cults, and some of the ways they can enrich your worlds and stories. Cults do not affect culture and society in quite the same way because they often rely on the isolation of their followers, and obviously if you’re […]

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Character Immersion And The Narrative Voice

Character Immersion And The Narrative Voice 

The protagonists in a story are the reader’s window into the world, and getting the narrative voice of your character right is one of the hardest techniques to master. If you can really ground the narrative in the character’s POV (point of view) the reader will by fully immersed in the story and it will […]

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Using Questions To Expand Your Story

Using Questions To Expand Your Story 

I think it’s safe to say that we are all daydreamers. Whether you only enjoy reading fantasy or you write your own stories, we all enjoy getting lost in our imaginations. But when we’re writing our own stuff it’s often hard to craft a story to go along with our collection of good ideas. Good […]

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So What’s The Fuss About Scrivener?

So What’s The Fuss About Scrivener? 

If you’re a writer, whether you are unpublished or a bestseller, it’s likely that you’ve heard of the writing software called Scrivener. It’s possible that you’ve heard some of your favourite writers sing its virtues. But it can sometimes be unclear just what is so wonderful about Scrivener. So here is an overview of the […]

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Is It Better To Be A Blank Slate Or To Have Some Character?

Is It Better To Be A Blank Slate Or To Have Some Character? 

In a recent blog post, Mark Lawrence commented on the trade offs of creating a blank slate character versus a more defined, idiosyncratic character. In the post (and I highly recommend reading the entire thing), Mark writes that for a number of fantasy readers, plot is of primary importance. For such readers, a vanilla protagonist […]

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Worldbuilding: Food For The People

Worldbuilding: Food For The People 

We all need food to live. Even in fiction, food plays a part in most stories, whether it is a simple supper at a boarding house or a grand wedding or coronation feast. In fantasy settings, most of the time it doesn’t matter where the food comes from or how it was prepared. What does […]

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Five Reasons To Cast Your Novel

Five Reasons To Cast Your Novel 

At the heart of every great novel are great characters. Love them or hate them, their escapades propel the narrative forward. Readers empathise with them, cheer them on and cry with them. Writers need to know how to make their characters as real as possible. Therefore, in your own writing it’s essential that you are […]

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Worldbuilding: Don’t Neglect The Landscape

Worldbuilding: Don’t Neglect The Landscape 

You have your story, your plot, your characters, sub-texts and themes. On a piece, or several, of paper you have sketched out a map, worked out the travel distances and know how long it will take the heroes to cover that distance. You’ve spent a bit of time making sure you know the types of […]

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Worldbuilding A Religion – Part One: Religion vs. Cult

Worldbuilding A Religion – Part One: Religion vs. Cult 

Those of you who have followed Fantasy-Faction for a couple of years (or pretty much since the beginning) will probably remember the Creating God series of articles by Amy Rose Davis. Creating God is an excellent introduction to creating religions in your worldbuilding, and if you haven’t delved into worldbuilding before, particularly worldbuilding a religion, […]

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