Ursula K. Le Guin’s Show-Stopping Speech
 

Ursula K. Le Guin’s NBA Speech

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Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone
 

Two Serpents Rise

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Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron
 

Nice Dragons Finish Last

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Winner of the May 2014 Writing Contest: Portal Fantasy

Winner of the May 2014 Writing Contest: Portal Fantasy 

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. Today we will be looking at the winner from our May 2014 contest. In May we had […]

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Collecting Data On Your Writing

Collecting Data On Your Writing 

If you have any sort of science background, one of the most surprising things about trying to achieve success as a writer is the lack of metrics to gauge your progress. We live in a world of numbers, whether they be sales targets, exams scores, or measures of efficiency. Therefore, stepping into a world where […]

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Ten Tips For Short Story Writing

Ten Tips For Short Story Writing 

The release of the Fantasy Faction Anthology has got me thinking about short stories lately. Short stories can be great fun to write, but sometimes tough to get the knack of. For anyone who wants to try their luck at this form, I’ve come up with a list of useful tips to help you get […]

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Dictionary of Phrase and Fable by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

Dictionary of Phrase and Fable by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer 

In August of last year, I wrote about a variety of resources that might be useful to fantasy writers. Recently, I came across another resource that I found so amusing, so educating, so irresistible, that I had to share it: Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. This Dictionary was inspired by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer’s habit […]

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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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