The Dreaded Adverb Problem
 

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Exploring Rural Landscape

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Plotting – What Happens Next?

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Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Six: Historical Accuracy

Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Six: Historical Accuracy 

This final part of our extended series on gender and stereotypes in fantasy and science fiction will be both a conclusion and a sweeping reflection on what we’ve already examined, but in the context of that one thing many who fail to see the lack importance (and, indeed, those who oppose diverse and inclusive representation […]

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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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Human Stories

Human Stories 

I’ve been working my way through the Honorverse by David Weber, a military science fiction series focused on the life and career of Captain Honor Harrington. The books centre on her actions during a war between two great empires, the Star Kingdom of Manticore and the Republic of Haven. There’s adventure, politics, love, loss, friendship, […]

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A Different Kind of Hero

A Different Kind of Hero 

The heroes in our novels come in all shapes and sizes. Their nature and actions are crafted at the whim of the author. Some heroes are larger than life, giant personalities with immense powers, while others are regular people thrust into grand events. Some are born great, chosen by destiny and circumstance, others make their […]

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Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Five: Bisexuality

Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Five: Bisexuality 

When we talk about queer character representation, there’s letters of the LGBTQIA+ spectrum that get left behind, for whatever reason. With Bisexuality Visibility Week’s focus directing the spotlight, now seemed as good a time as any to explore the characters in SFF who identify (or are clearly identifiable) as bisexual. But first, a working definition: […]

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A Cast of Roles

A Cast of Roles 

Through the course of a novel, the author will create and introduce a wide array of different characters to the reader. Often they might do it on automatic, smoothly introducing a new character that fits the scene without any conscious decision or over-thinking, letting the writing flow. Other times an author will muddle over background […]

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Making A Connection

Making A Connection 

Most people think of reading as a purely intellectual pursuit, but the best books are the ones that inspire emotion in the reader. While you can appreciate a novel on an intellectual basis, the ones you remember are the ones that made you feel something; a tragedy that evokes a sense of sadness and loss, […]

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Character Group Dynamics

Character Group Dynamics 

One of the most important tasks of a writer is to get the reader to engage with their characters, but almost as important is how your characters engage with each other. Their interactions are what make up the narrative and drama of the book, bringing the story to life. How can your hero show off […]

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When Good Turns Bad: The Reversed Hero’s Journey

When Good Turns Bad: The Reversed Hero’s Journey 

The typical “hero’s journey” is a structure that can be found not only in fantasy fiction but also in many other genres. You can analyse the twists and turns of this journey in great detail – even break it down into archetypal elements like ‘the mentor’, ‘the helper’ and ‘the threshold’. In essence, however, the […]

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Harry Potter Should Have Kissed Some Boys: An Argument For Queer Characters In Main Stream Fantasy

Harry Potter Should Have Kissed Some Boys: An Argument For Queer Characters In Main Stream Fantasy 

Harry Potter should have kissed some boys. Or Hermione should have kissed some girls. Even just some passing lip-action between any of the main cast would have been sufficient. Even just an obvious and mentioned crush would have been better than the great hunk of nothing we were dealt. Not fantastic for representation of a […]

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New Models for Magicians

New Models for Magicians 

In many fantasy stories, magicians often follow one or two traditional models. Many are often portrayed as guides or teachers that assist the protagonist. Often this mentor is described as an old man, with a long, white beard. They wear robes and carry walking staffs. Merlin and Gandalf cast long shadows over the genre. Alternatively, […]

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Diverse Fantasy Is Better Fantasy

Diverse Fantasy Is Better Fantasy 

I recently I submitted a story to my writing group for critique. It was a secondary-world fantasy set in a pre-industrial port city. Of all the comments I received, the one that stuck with me complained that it was unrealistic that the people of my world didn’t have a problem with my lesbian protagonist and […]

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