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Writers' Corner / Re: Gender-Swapping the Bad Guy®
« on: September 25, 2016, 11:30:04 AM »
Two of my main villain are women, I agree it works very well, as long as it is balanced between good and bad. For you to have changed a character's gender during production is impressive though, so kudos for making that work for the better  :)

If you can pull it off it sounds like a great twist- and a brilliant way to get the reader (as well as MC) sweating, thinking he's done for before the relief comes.

In response to the above, that is a good point. I can only imagine some clever magic of the MC could be used to cover his tracks. Not knowing the magic system I couldn't really say.

Non-Fantasy Books / Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« on: September 24, 2016, 10:12:37 AM »
The Stand by Stephen King is one of my all time favourites.

If that is still 'too fantasy', then I also love 'The Last Kingdom' by Bernard Cornwell. Historical fiction based on the viking invasions of England.

In Non-Fiction, The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins has made a pretty massive impression on my life and views, so that has to be up there.

Writers' Corner / Re: Chapters: Named or Numbered
« on: September 03, 2016, 02:10:28 AM »
Opinion seems pretty split here :)

I'm thinking I'll go with numbers to avoid giving anything away, though I may divide the book into 3 parts (which definitely works) and give those named titles as cupiscent said.

Thanks for your thoughts!

Writers' Corner / Re: Chapters: Named or Numbered
« on: September 01, 2016, 05:56:44 AM »

I found this particularly helpful: " It is worth noting that a titled chapter does add a tiny bit of narrative distance, because it reminds the reader they are holding a book and being told a story by an author."

That has never ever occurred to me before. I can't see how a chapter title is any more distancing than a chapter number.

Plus, every time I turn a page or click next I'm reminded its a book. I'm always aware its a book. Nothing on earth an author can do to change that. Maybe the rest of the world experiences these things differently but I really don't see the issue in the reader being aware its a book.

I don't think it was meant so literally. It's one of those minor details like 'Tom said OR said Tom' where some people, for whatever reason, prefer thinks to be as fluid as possible.

For me it doesn't matter either, I find chapter names interesting most of the time, but it makes no difference if there aren't any.

As for being reminded I'm reading a book- I'm one of those strange people who likes to flick the pages in front of my nose to get that 'book' smell every so often- so no way I can forget that  ;)
I think it is more to do with the immersion, perhaps in a minor way chapter names reduce the immersion, even if just for a second.

Writers' Corner / Re: Chapters: Named or Numbered
« on: September 01, 2016, 04:33:34 AM »
Thanks the responses.

I found this particularly helpful: " It is worth noting that a titled chapter does add a tiny bit of narrative distance, because it reminds the reader they are holding a book and being told a story by an author."

Do others feel this way?

On POV, my story is First Person. Other first person books I've read have tended to be numbered chapters only and from a comment above on POV changes, I suppose from that perspective numbers might be more suited in my case.

On have chapters but no chapters list, this is done in Way of Kings and I think it helps not 'give anything away' by having them listed at the start of the book. Of course LOTR does it without that being an issue.

I also agree that there is a risk if chapter titles are just not good  ;)

Writers' Corner / Chapters: Named or Numbered
« on: September 01, 2016, 02:57:08 AM »
So I am about the write the last chapter of my first draft of a novel. The revision process is looming (after a week or two break). I have a chapter list which I may revise too. But I just wanted to get people's thoughts on something.

Do you generally prefer chapters to have a number only (giving no clue about the chapters content) or do you prefer to have each chapter named?

If you prefer them named, would you list them on the contents pages (like The Lord of the Rings) or not (like Way of Kings)?

Just looking for general opinions here, thanks  :)

Same as the rest, characters.

My favourite series is Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' series. It is pretty random at times plot wise and imho disintegrates into a mess of too many ideas and lost vision in the last two books. Regardless, I could read about Eddie, Jake and Susannah all day long.

Introductions / Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
« on: August 30, 2016, 07:43:25 AM »
Hey everyone, good to make your acquaintance :)

I'm Frank, I'm a long-time fantasy nerd and writer.

I'm massively into writers like Mark Lawrence, Joe Abercrombie, Brandon Sanderson, Bernard Cornwell and Robin Hobb.

I'm also a huge tech and gaming dweeb, so hopefully there's a few others like you on here for me to talk to haha

Hi Frank, fellow newcomer here!

I just started reading Sanderson's Way of Kings and I'm hooked. Decided to look at his books after watching every one of his writing lectures on Youtube :)

Introductions / Re: Hi fellow fantasy fans!
« on: August 30, 2016, 07:40:47 AM »
Thanks, and thanks again for the congrats, close the finish line now :)

Writers' Corner / Re: Explain your magic systems
« on: August 30, 2016, 03:50:12 AM »
I don't have a complicated system.

Spirits come from the gods. With training and meditation, people can awaken to their spirits and exert control over it. They can then draw magic from it by which they can perform various feats.

-Enchant items to be more durable or carry a natural element.
-Increase strength, speed and durability.
-Create wormholes.
- Create and cast spells by enchanting words.
- Bind ghosts to items.
- Launch elemental blasts.

And so on. As plot demands really. As long as it's not an ass pull, I don't really care.

I'd say mine is similar, completely uncomplicated as although magic is important to the plot later in my story, it is mostly used to make the bad guy 'awe'some, with the 'good-guys' more limited in their abilities.

Weapons can be imbued with magic, this takes far less energy than 'productive' magic which can involve manipulating particles and elements to 'create' or transform things or move things.

An extensive magic system isn't crucial to my story so I haven't gone into massive details. Some of these are really indepth and impressive!

Introductions / Re: Hi fellow fantasy fans!
« on: August 30, 2016, 03:09:20 AM »
Thanks again!

Introductions / Re: Hi fellow fantasy fans!
« on: August 29, 2016, 04:08:37 PM »
Thanks for the greetings all!

I will give the next writing contest a go I think. Will be a welcome break from the story :)

Gem, Uhtred is such a fantastic character, even in age, the way he talks about the priests has me smirking from chapter to chapter- must say though, wish he'd get back to Bebbanburgh already!

Introductions / Hi fellow fantasy fans!
« on: August 29, 2016, 02:16:33 AM »
Hi fellow fantasy fans  :)

I am just in the process of completing my first draft of a novel (the first novel I will complete that I actually consider to be 'pretty good') and recently found this forum while preparing for the joy that will be the revision process. At 135,000 words of story it's going to be a tough job, but from what I've read so far this place is going to be very useful and informative, I'm already ultra appreciative of most of what I've read.

My favourite author is Stephen King (although I haven't read anywhere near all of his books and even some of the big ones, IT and The Shining for two), I also love Bernard Cornwell mostly for the Saxon Stories. Favourite books are the Dark Tower series, The Last Kingdom and Saxon Stories, The Talisman, The Lord of the Rings and perhaps less well known series called Captive Prince. 

Outside of writing, I love traveling and reading about history (most places, most times). My BA is in History and I am currently an English teacher in Thailand. The best things about teaching abroad I've found are 1) meeting all kinds of different people, 2) getting to travel so many amazing surrounding countries! and 3) gives a more careful eye for my own grammar fluffs and typos!

Although I live in Bangkok, I am from the greatest city in the world that is Manchester, England (no bias there).

Looking forward to meeting and exchanging ideas with some of you all.

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