The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan
 

The Great Hunt

Classic SFF Review

 
A Wizard’s Sacrifice by A. M. Justice – Cover Reveal and Excerpt
 

A Wizard’s Sacrifice

Cover Reveal & Excerpt

 
We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson
 

We Ride the Storm

ARC Review

 

Browsing all articles tagged with characters.

On Character Agency

On Character Agency 

What will a character do next? What can they do next? These are the questions that drive the narrative of a story forward and determine what direction it will follow. While they may follow a greater plot arc, the best characters have agency of their own that directs their narrative. Character agency is usually defined […]

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Worldbuilding Through Characterization

Worldbuilding Through Characterization 

When somebody mentions worldbuilding the first thing you’ll think of is probably a lavishly detailed map, something filled with interesting geography, the locations of important cities, and maybe a dragon in the far corner. Or perhaps what springs to mind is a family tree of noble houses that lists their connections and feuds. Maybe you’ll […]

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SFF and Queerness – We Need To Do Better

SFF and Queerness – We Need To Do Better 

We’ve just said goodbye to June, month of queer visibility and pride (and gender-nonconforming visibility and pride, too—which many people (but not all) feel belongs under the umbrella of “queer”, and for sake of conciseness, I’m going to group the terms together here), in 2019, and I’m still standing here, yelling into the void about […]

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Taking Comedy Seriously

Taking Comedy Seriously 

From Geoffrey Chaucer to Raymond Chandler—and a lot of people in between—all kinds of writers have used comedy to entertain and inform in their writing. Comedy can form a useful distraction from a darker story, or can take the form of a sly comment on the main action—or it can be the backbone of a […]

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Character Development: Writing Realistic Personalities & Flaws

Character Development: Writing Realistic Personalities & Flaws 

This is the second article in our Character Development series. Click here to read the first article: Character Death and the Ultimate Sacrifice. In writing a novel, many authors are concerned about their characters’ likability. Characters are often their creator’s darlings, and the last thing authors want is for the audience to dislike what they, […]

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Character Development: Character Death and the Ultimate Sacrifice

Character Development: Character Death and the Ultimate Sacrifice 

Killing a character in your novel is a tried and true method for advancing your plot. Allegiances are torn, revenge is sought, kingdoms fall apart. Character death feels as essential to the fantasy genre as magic—perhaps more-so. But in a narrative sense, is death really the “ultimate” sacrifice? The most effective character deaths are those […]

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Crafting A Fall: Turning Heroes to the Dark Side

Crafting A Fall: Turning Heroes to the Dark Side 

Who doesn’t love to see a character go bad? A man pushed too far pushing back? A loyal but ambitious servant helping themselves for a change? A noble hero broken down into the blackest villain? To watch a character fall into darkness is a fascinating journey, seeing a character’s values crumble and twist, watching their […]

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Blurring The Lines

Blurring The Lines 

So I started reading the Dragon Prince trilogy by Melanie Rawn. It’s part of the classical fantasy cannon, and the books have been on my TBR pile for ages. While I am enjoying the books, one aspect that stands out to me is the obvious tone implicit in the “sides” of the story and their […]

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A Streak of White Hair: Fantasy or Reality?

A Streak of White Hair: Fantasy or Reality? 

I was recently reading a fantasy romance novel where the main character pushed himself to the limits of his magical abilities and nearly died. Afterward, he was left with a streak of white in his long black hair (if you don’t mind spoilers, this is the book). I’ve seen this before many times in fantasy, […]

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Taming MICE – The MICE Quotient and Storytelling

Taming MICE – The MICE Quotient and Storytelling 

Fantasy is a genre of strange and diverse stories covering countless themes, concepts and ideas, in order to gain a better understanding of how our stories work and the nature of their structure, it can be useful to look at the ways they are categorised and study what traits make them what they are. The […]

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The Problem with Abandoning the “Strong Female Character”

The Problem with Abandoning the “Strong Female Character” 

Yet another descriptor has been caught in the verboten term net. Recently, several essays have appeared arguing that people should stop using the term “strong female character” (SFC) or “strong female protagonist” because a) The SFC has become just another trope in speculative fiction, providing authors with another cardboard token with which to people their […]

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Creating a Fantasy Race

Creating a Fantasy Race 

The fantasy genre is filled with an astonishing array of wildly different races that populate our stories. Some are drawn from older myths and legends like elves and dwarfs while others are brand new creations from the author’s imagination. Would-be worldbuilders might think it’s just a matter of slapping some limbs together and thinking up […]

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