Reaching Outside the Genre
 

Reaching Outside the Genre

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Blood of Assassins by R. J. Barker
 

Blood of Assassins

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J. P. Ashman Interview – Black Guild
 

J. P. Ashman

Interview - Black Guild

 

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Reaching Outside the Genre

Reaching Outside the Genre 

The fantasy genre is a curious beast, its wide reach covering a range of topics and themes. It has stories about growing up, stories about overcoming problems, stories about slaying dragons and monsters. It’s not limited by location, ideas, character types, or any of the other criteria we normally use to define a genre. In […]

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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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Locked Up Abroad: Lessons From the Streets of Fantasy – Guest Blog by K. S. Villoso

Locked Up Abroad: Lessons From the Streets of Fantasy – Guest Blog by K. S. Villoso 

You ever wonder if a fantasy novel can actually help you survive in a real life situation? I don’t mean teach you about sword-fighting and how to slay dragons, or brew your own magic potions to help you teleport out of dicey situations. I’m talking about something more realistic, such as how to survive in […]

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Don’t Show, Don’t Tell – Guest Blog by K. C. Alexander

Don’t Show, Don’t Tell – Guest Blog by K. C. Alexander 

We’ve heard it, right: “show, don’t tell.” A four-word reminder to make sure your work is rich with description, follow-through, actions rather than (in a non-literal sense) words. But what about “don’t show, don’t tell?” (Not to be mistaken for outdated military doctrine.) Stick with me, kid, it gets way more interesting. And it starts […]

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November: To NaNo or Not to NaNo?

November: To NaNo or Not to NaNo? 

To NaNo, or not to NaNo? That is the question! And the answer is – yes you should! Take a look around at the people near you this November. What are they doing with their time? How are they filling those dark nights now the clocks have changed? With romance, with TV, with that video […]

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Swinging the Scythe

Swinging the Scythe 

Death is an essential part of many of our stories, whether it’s just the threat of it to provide peril for our protagonists, or having some of the characters actually bite the dust for reasons of plot or drama. If written well a death scene can have a great impact on the reader, triggering a […]

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Keeping the Fun in Science Fiction – Guest Blog by Joseph Brassey

Keeping the Fun in Science Fiction – Guest Blog by Joseph Brassey 

Islands sit suspended in an endless heaven, drifting amidst clouds and storms, high above a distant abyss below. Cities crouch upon the edges of cliffs, their walls jutting out into the empty air, and enchanted skycraft hurtle through the heavens, their magnificent wings catching the light of sunsets as the blue-white glow of their exhaust […]

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How The Belgariad Taught Me To Write A Cyberpunk Dystopia – Guest Blog by Ferrett Steinmetz

How The Belgariad Taught Me To Write A Cyberpunk Dystopia – Guest Blog by Ferrett Steinmetz 

Full confession: I thought my new novel The Uploaded was a dystopian novel about the miseries that happen five hundred years after humanity perfects brain-uploading. But my publisher Angry Robot told me it was something different. “You wrote a cyberpunk family drama, Ferrett!” I looked up, baffled, from my chocolate milk – the only drink […]

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2,000 to 10,000 and 5,000 Words Per Hour – Reviews and Comparison

2,000 to 10,000 and 5,000 Words Per Hour – Reviews and Comparison 

I think it’s safe to say that most writers wish they could write more. We block out time to write before work, during our lunch hours, and before bed. But life often gets in the way: we have jobs, school, family to look after, friends to meet up with, gym sessions, or errands to run. […]

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The Pros and Cons of a Macro Timescale

The Pros and Cons of a Macro Timescale 

Most fantasy and science fiction series tend to be, by their very nature, large in scope. We expect stories about the fate of worlds, the rise and fall of empires, and history in the making. A book might still focus on a character’s personal, small-scale struggle, but it’s rare the focus will only be on […]

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10 Tips for Self-Published Authors

10 Tips for Self-Published Authors 

In publishing there are outliers who release a book straight to the top of the charts, but they are few and far between. Happily, you don’t need this to happen to be able to make a full time living from writing—the slow build to a solid platform is equally viable, albeit longer in the making. […]

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