The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
 

The Darkest Part of the Forest

Review

 
Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan
 

Unmade

Review

 
Guardians of the Flame by Joel Rosenberg – Series Review
 

Guardians of the Flame

Series Review

 

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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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10 Reasons to Workshop

10 Reasons to Workshop 

People learn to write in many different ways, some by reading masterpieces, some by going to classes, some just pick up a pen and get on with it. You can find all manner of resources designed to help teach the craft of writing, there are guidebooks, websites, courses and much more. But of all the […]

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Arsenic and Old Leaves: The Art of Poisoning Your Fantasy Characters – Part 1

Arsenic and Old Leaves: The Art of Poisoning Your Fantasy Characters – Part 1 

So, you’re contemplating murder. Er, that is, your character is contemplating murder. Effective modes of death and all that. Bloodless versus bloodbath, public duel versus private confrontation, “accident” versus spontaneous sword through the gut. That’s all well and good, sure…but have you considered poison? In the Middle Ages, poison was a highly popular means of […]

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Attending Your First Convention As An Unpublished Writer

Attending Your First Convention As An Unpublished Writer 

So there comes a time early in every writer’s career when you make a very serious decision. You’ve been writing as a hobby for years, you enjoy it and your head is literally bursting with ideas for all the various stories you want to write. You’ve developed as a writer, either you or friends have […]

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Writing Fight Scenes

Writing Fight Scenes 

Writing fight scenes is often an important task for a fantasy author. Some writers find they come naturally. Others find them daunting, and can’t think of anything worse. Whichever category you fall into, it’s an important skill to master because audiences love to read them. Here are some techniques that I’ve learned over the years […]

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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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Reading Like A Writer: Why to do It, How to do It, and Why I Often Fail at It

Reading Like A Writer: Why to do It, How to do It, and Why I Often Fail at It 

In podcasts and interviews, I often hear authors lamenting the fact that due to deadlines and publicity efforts, they don’t get to read as much as they used to. Even worse, when they do get to have time to read, they often can’t simply read for pleasure. Oh, sure, they can enjoy a book immensely, […]

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