Will Fantasy-Faction Shut Down?
 

The end of Fantasy-Faction?

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Society in Story
 

Society in Story

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The Kingfountain Trilogy by Jeff Wheeler – Spoiler Free Series Review
 

Kingfountain Trilogy

Spoiler Free Series Review

 

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Society in Story

Society in Story 

There are a number of elements fantasy writers focus on during worldbuilding, traditionally they pour over decisions like mapping locations, designing a magic system and setting empires/species against one another – big, obvious things that shape the story. Yet this can mean they overlook an important aspect that helps to bring all the different elements […]

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Romance in Fantasy – Part One

Romance in Fantasy – Part One 

I’ve said it before: I write romantic fantasy. I never start out a story intending to write romance, but somehow, romantic threads always show up. I used to fight this phenomenon, but I’ve grown to realize that I just like romantic storylines. Not romances, mind—I don’t read much romance that’s just romance for romance’s sake. […]

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Top Ten Books To Improve Your Writing

Top Ten Books To Improve Your Writing 

A likely first stop on the journey of any aspiring writer is the purchase of a writing book to teach them about the subject. Often they’re drawn to titles like “Write a Bestseller in Six Months,” or “Making Money from Kindle Publishing.” First and foremost though, the goal should be to master your craft, from […]

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Promoting Your Personality, A.K.A. Marketing For Authors In 2017

Promoting Your Personality, A.K.A. Marketing For Authors In 2017 

I stumbled across a Facebook status by an author friend who posted that he was about to start work on the ‘0.01% of being a writer’ that was building his personal brand (the other 99.99%, to his mind, being writing). Now, I hate to disagree with good friends. However, based on my experience, I’d say […]

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The Dreaded Adverb Problem

The Dreaded Adverb Problem 

The poor adverb. No part of speech is more maligned than this little modifier. When authors want to insult each other, what do we do? We accuse each other of using too many adverbs. It’s the writer equivalent of “your mama.” But to say that all adverb use is lazy or a sign of bad […]

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Exploring Rural Landscape

Exploring Rural Landscape 

The quest is a hallmark of great fantasy fiction and some of the best quests see our heroes traverse a variety of locations before reaching their goal. When done well, the environment can become a character in its own right. But all too often in writing fantasy, the environment can be bland, the landscape uniform. […]

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Plotting – What Happens Next?

Plotting – What Happens Next? 

“What happens next” is a question that has the power to freeze a writer’s hand over the keyboard, paralysing them with potential issues. Which route should your characters take? How would they respond to story events? Does it make sense? Does it slow the pace? Does it feel right? Creating a coherent and successful plot […]

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A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson: Or…A Search For Heroes

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson: Or…A Search For Heroes 

Everyone has a book in them. At least, that’s what they say. I’m not sure who they are, but it is a truism as much as anything else. What if you want to write more than one? Where do you get ideas from? What is your inspiration or muse? I’ve no idea. It is a […]

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Holidays In Fantasy Fiction

Holidays In Fantasy Fiction 

With the arrival of the Christmas season I’ve been thinking about the effects of holidays on our lives. The influence of Christmas is incredibly far reaching; I doubt most people can make it through the day without seeing some sign of the festivities or feeling its impact. Holidays are an important part of our lives; […]

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A Question Of Technology

A Question Of Technology 

When people think of the fantasy genre the concept of technology isn’t usually at the forefront of their minds. They’ll be thinking of the magic, the monsters, the castles and townships out of the past, so it’s understandable that thoughts of science and progress are pushed to the side. But so long as somebody in […]

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Ten Tips For Short Story Writing

Ten Tips For Short Story Writing 

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 started. 1. Keep the focus. One reason that short stories fail is the writer tries […]

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Surviving NaNoWriMo 2016

Surviving NaNoWriMo 2016 

Ah, National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo for short (or NaNo for shorter)). We meet again. For the…I don’t even know. How many times is it now? Five? Six? It’s hard to keep track after a while. Fortunately, NaNo is not my enemy. It’s something that I have willingly done every year for a while […]

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