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Writers' Corner / Why you write what you write - Your inspiration.
« on: August 13, 2014, 02:35:14 AM »
Many fantasy lovers can accredit their passion for fantasy to the works of Tolkien, Martin and other individuals of influence (that I don't know) . It's not often that these concepts and ideas stem from, probably like the first writers of fantasy, the strife of something different and mysterious. Our modern tales are mostly products of the old generation. What I'm trying to explain is not a petition for a new course, because it is in all right, perfectly acceptable to use the resources that we have, and learn from the works before us.
However, should fantasy be our sole inspiration for fantasy?

The thought hit me that most of our modern successful fantasy works did it right in two ways:
  • They did it like the forerunners did it, bringing back some of the original ingredients but changing the recipe.
OR
  • They took elements from other genre's of fiction - changing the ingredients and using the same recipe.
 

Martin can be an example of the first, and the second - I think it was Mark Lawrence who drew elements from a dystopian fiction, A Clockwork Orange. Those elements had quite a positive (though some critiques thought otherwise, lol) impact in his trilogy.

Edit:When we try to make new with old we sacrifice some sort of originality. The works of fantasy that never make it to the top are the ones that strive to be too much like the old. Too much elements are recycled that media has already exaggerated. Great works exaggerate the infamous and underrated.

What do you think?
Where do you fall?
What is your inspiration?
Have you chosen to adapt any 3rd party elements?

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / (Bad vs. Evil) VS. (Good vs. Evil)
« on: January 09, 2014, 01:28:18 AM »
I made a post on my blog... http://enygmatickid.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/bad-meets-evil/

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I’ve noticed that in modern fantasy ,our best-selling authors seem to abandon the traditional Good vs. Evil scenario, and instead explore the selfish intents of mankind. To mirror our current world. (Because, to be honest, morality has greatly depreciated.) Betrayal, Vengeance, greed, lust and love are now major themes. Carnality is the centerpiece.

I wanted to know whether you guys prefer the classic fight between good or evil, or when the protagonist is an anti-hero...
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Links, Competitions and 'Stuff' / You Like Art? Do me a favor :3
« on: December 04, 2013, 01:45:29 AM »
I think this is the most appropriate place in the forums to do this.....
Okay!!! *wipes sweat*
I'm asking you guys...all of you really awesome people,(I sound desperate when I'm asking for favors) to help me boost the supports for my uncle. https://desmondmcfarlane.see.me

He's an artist. A really good one. He needs help getting his work recognized SCOPE Miami Beach 2013....which starts TODAY! http://scope-art.com/shows/miami-beach-2013/about/
 His works are based in a Caribbean theme....

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"Mr. McFarlane's uses resonating color that runs the gamut of the spectrum. His startlingly strong portraits include a full palette of pure color palette of yellow, orange, green, and vermilion in glar¬ing juxtaposition, worthy of Paul Gauguin. His backgrounds are divided into the bright patterns of kinte cloth and lush banana foliage. In his art, McFarlane speaks of the deep concern of African Americans (including Caribbean islanders.) regarding not only their heritage but also the very meaning of their existence. He also cel-ebrates in colors that pulsate with ferocity and fire, the communal joy that island people experience in their religion."


All I ask is that you guys click the little Support Me button, that is linked to facebook and/or twitter. It means a lot to me...and him. https://desmondmcfarlane.see.me
 

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Writers' Corner / I need a blog...
« on: November 13, 2013, 10:22:27 PM »
I need somewhere to throw my thoughts so my mind isn't that messy. It seems everybody is using wordpress....guide me through that; where do I start?

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Writers' Corner / An alternative name for a magician.
« on: August 23, 2013, 08:48:53 PM »
I'm searching for a couple names that would describe a person who uses dark magic, apart from the common words such as magician, necromancer, witch, wizard, etc.

Right now Im using "magic men" as a substitute. I'd be grateful whatever I can get.

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Writers' Corner / World Building : Map Work.
« on: July 10, 2013, 12:54:56 AM »
So Ive started to focus on fantasy world building, trying to know and discover 'my world.' But its a tedious process- as it relates to drawing the map-considering I have no resources or experience on it. How do I make up the geographic representation, where do I start, how do I draw it? Can it be as random as possible?

P.S : I am already making use of these resources: http://www.sfwa.org/2009/08/fantasy-worldbuilding-questions/ https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WS8w9OGPKQTxWUPFXQEIf_e_HQw6_vi5-UYf3MVc3B8/edit?hl=en_US&pli=1

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Writers' Corner / The first words... How to start...How to plan?
« on: July 08, 2013, 03:57:27 AM »
I'm a new member of this Forum. I'm a young author, and I have a lot to learn. I have an aspiration to write a novel, and am basically at the bottom of the writing pyramid; the "wanna-be's."

I've been told that I'm a talented writer, excelling over others at my age. However, I can't seem to organize my ideas to put on paper. I am a perfectionist, and it seems that every sentence I write is insufficient.

I struggle to connect the fragments of the fictional world I wish to create. I find myself tearing out leaves and leaves, or deleting paragraph after paragraph on Microsoft Word.

It seems my mind is too crowded, since I cannot properly develop the plot. I think about the end of the novel before I begin. I reminisce on the thoughts of the best moments that would take place in my novel. I'm eager to start writing those moments, but grow weary writing the sections before the thrill, or the advancement of the plot.

My questions are:

1. How can I properly develop and organize my thoughts, so as to create the ideal world in which the ideal characters divulge in?
2. I seem to lose interest after the few paragraphs that mark the beginning of the novel, should I start with a bang? Should every chapter be thrilling?

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