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Browsing all articles tagged with setting.

Society in Story

Society in Story 

There are a number of elements fantasy writers focus on during worldbuilding, traditionally they pour over decisions like mapping locations, designing a magic system and setting empires/species against one another – big, obvious things that shape the story. Yet this can mean they overlook an important aspect that helps to bring all the different elements […]

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Exploring Rural Landscape

Exploring Rural Landscape 

The quest is a hallmark of great fantasy fiction and some of the best quests see our heroes traverse a variety of locations before reaching their goal. When done well, the environment can become a character in its own right. But all too often in writing fantasy, the environment can be bland, the landscape uniform. […]

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A Question Of Technology

A Question Of Technology 

When people think of the fantasy genre the concept of technology isn’t usually at the forefront of their minds. They’ll be thinking of the magic, the monsters, the castles and townships out of the past, so it’s understandable that thoughts of science and progress are pushed to the side. But so long as somebody in […]

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Havens And Hells In Fantasy

Havens And Hells In Fantasy 

When we talk about how we feel when reading we often refer to characters or plot. We vent about a villain we hate or gush about a hero we love. A devastating turn of events or an amazing plot twist might prompt us to express how moved we were. When it comes to setting, however, […]

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Two Characters Walk into a Bar…

Two Characters Walk into a Bar… 

What is it about bars, pubs and taverns that makes them so darn fun to read about in fantasy? I don’t know about you, but I get a gleeful little kick when authors create the perfect watering holes where characters can wander in and grab a drink. The right bar setting can become iconic: Mos […]

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Setting as a Character

Setting as a Character 

One of the joys of writing second-world fantasy is the ability to create your own world. You can set up spectacular vistas, ancient empires, mysterious ruins, or whatever else you’d like without worrying about real-world geography and history. You can organize it into places that the protagonists must visit, and in doing so, highlight the […]

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Symbols: A Vital Worldbuilding Tool

Symbols: A Vital Worldbuilding Tool 

A few days before writing this post, an old acquaintance reached out to me by text to wish me a happy new year. I texted her back, asking how her year has been so far. She replied with a poop emoticon. And I understood immediately. My acquaintance was able to answer my question with sentiment […]

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Underground Fantasy – Part Three: Tunnels and Secret Passageways

Underground Fantasy – Part Three: Tunnels and Secret Passageways 

So far in this series we’ve wandered through caves, dungeons, tombs and enclosed mazes to find out what makes underground fantasy settings so atmospheric and alluring. In the third and final article on this theme we will look at tunnels and secret passageways as a means of connecting all these subterranean settings together. Discussing their […]

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The Start Of All New Things

The Start Of All New Things 

With the New Year not long gone in our rear-view mirrors, it’s a perfect time to ponder “fresh starts” in fantasy. Usually, they signal a momentous turning point in the plot or in the development of our beloved characters. And those starts can come in many forms. Reigns Power switches or coups are popular in […]

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Underground Fantasy – Part Two: Dungeons, Tombs and Mazes

Underground Fantasy – Part Two: Dungeons, Tombs and Mazes 

The first part of this series on underground fantasy looked at caverns as settings and pathways to worlds below. Next we will explore dungeons, tombs and underground mazes to ascertain the root of their popularity. A dungeon is traditionally a room or cell where prisoners are held. Often associated with medieval castles, the setting is […]

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Fantasy Worldbuilding – Ideas for Designing a Civilization

Fantasy Worldbuilding – Ideas for Designing a Civilization 

The period in history between the fifth and fifteenth centuries, the period we call the Middle Ages, seem to go hand in hand with epic fantasy. Of course, there are many great fantasy stories that are based on different eras, from biblical times to modern urban fantasy, but the medieval era seems to be the […]

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Fantasy at the Fair

Fantasy at the Fair 

Over at the Fantasy-Faction Book Club we’ve recently finished our October read: Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury. This is a story about two boys and one father who find themselves facing an evil carnival. Reactions to the book were mixed, but there was one thing everyone seemed to agree on – the […]

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