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Re: So I'm creating a new Fantasy creature A spirit being that evolved from a thousand dreams? Poetic but vague. I like the four winged bird idea. It doesn't seem cliche to me (though I'm not nearly as well read as others here), but I agree that wings for carrying doesn't make much sense.

August 03, 2017, 05:04:11 AM
Re: Is it common practice to retype a book to improve prose and vocabulary? There are also many helpful books about the craft of writing. My local library has more of these than I could read. Also, there are many helpful blog articles. mythcreants.com has writing help articles that are directed at fantasy writers. I think your retyping Leguin idea would be a fun way to improve one's typing.
August 10, 2017, 10:35:41 AM
Re: Your Revision Process I also use Scrivener, and, after writing the first draft, then break it up into scenes and chapters. As part of my revision process, I try to tackle each scene individually, and ask myself a set of questions:

- are any other senses I can use to describe the setting?
- how are the characters feeling, emotionally, physically?
- how are the characters interacting with the setting and its weather?

If any of those sensory details or feelings are important to describe, I'll add them. I make sure that the scene includes a conflict that's relevant either to the plot or the main character's development. I make sure that each character's reactions are appropriate (in early drafts I often forget to have my POV character react to the actions or dialog of other characters, unless they were directed clearly to him.)

Also, I'll check for adverbs. Often these can be removed if you pick a better verb. I do a search for qualifiers, and check each one to see if I can remove or replace it. My worst offender is "just." Is "it was just getting dark" really better than "it was getting dark"? Most of the time, no. Or, "he was a bit hungry." If it's worth mentioning, he should be ravenous.

Also, I'll read it aloud, at a pace that I would use if were reading it to someone else. Catch a lot of mistakes or awkward phrasing this way.

I'm still trying to find a good way to revise at a higher level. Above the scene level. I've tried outlining after the first draft, and it helps some. I've tried writing a synopsis for each scene and using Scrivener's index card thing, but I feel this part of my process has plenty of room for improvement.

August 10, 2017, 11:08:53 AM
Re: History for Fantasy Writers, 2 Just wanted to say that I'm enjoying these history articles, and I appreciate the head's up posts here when they become available. I've been waiting for the merchant guild post and saw it here first.
These articles have saved me a bunch of research time. Thanks Skip.

July 05, 2018, 05:45:43 AM
Re: Science Fantasy Red Sister keeps moving up my TBR list.

I also find the interaction of science and fantasy to be a fascinating realm. So much of science reality feels like it might as well be magic, as far as my ability to understand it goes. I used to rebuild the engine in my Volkswagen because I understood how it worked, but now there's no chance of that. I used to yell at kids to get off my lawn, but they don't hear me now because of their Bluetooth earpods.

Was Mt. Doom the only accessible source of molten lava hot enough to melt the alloy, or was the Ring only going to melt on its home turf because magic? Hard magic systems like Rothfuss's, and soft sci-fi weapons like lightsabers blur the genre borders in fun ways.

I've had it explained to me by learned scientists, but I still cannot comprehend how something like Beethoven's symphonies can be communicated through two thin copper wires. Yes, I know you need speakers etc, but at some point that magic exists in wire. Yes, I know it's wire insulated with plastic coating, but that hardly makes it less mysterious (to me, I mean). As a reader, it feels to me like those old Reese's commercials, where the characters would get upset about the other character getting chocolate in their peanut butter, or vice versa. The two genres go well together, even though it may not seem so at first.

I'm curious to know what others find interesting about science fantasy. In my writing, there are times when the characters don't know which is which, or what to believe, and I find that connects with my real world experience. What do you like best about your favorite science fantasy?

November 23, 2018, 09:09:40 AM
Re: What did you read in March 2019 I read Traiter Baru Cormorant and was super impressed. I was compelled and devastated. Intrigued and immersed. Starting Monster as soon as I can.
April 13, 2019, 02:53:00 AM
Re: A nice tip for (budding) writers What works best for me is to write the first draft for me. Subsequent drafts become a combination of what I want and what the characters want. In the later editing and revising stages, I start to think more about making sense to readers.
May 22, 2019, 07:41:39 AM