Blog Posts - Fantasy Writing



Avoiding Fantasy Fatigue

If you’re reading this article you might be thinking two things: 1. Why would a fantasy website feature an article about being burned out with fantasy? 2. I’m burned out on fantasy, so I want to see what this guy rants about. Well, to put...
by Mythic Scribes on Jul 11, 2015

Forbidden Warrior Lore: Worlds Within Worlds #5

Worlds Within Worlds is the working title of a series of metaphysically inclined writings that are shaping themselves into a story without my conscious direction. These are essentially unedited first drafts that I have made no attempt to shape. The...

How to Obliterate Writer’s Block

“I’m stuck.” These two words ring in your ears. That blank page. The blinking cursor. After three hours of hard-work, all you have is this: The Knight of Moonberries by John R. R. R. R. Johnson The knight walked… And that̵...
by Mythic Scribes on Jun 23, 2012

Chapter 6

It took a while, but the dreaded chapter 6 is actually written. I am stunned that it ever got finished. Why? Because it had its own agenda. It kept going off in directions that were NOT planned. Chapter 7 has … Continue reading →...
by Chronicles of Illusions on Mar 29, 2011

A Twist to an Old Tale

I’m watching Face Off, the final challenge is a fairy tale theme with a twist. The twist being they had to pick a style: haunted, industrial, psychedelic, outer space, or post apocalypse. I thought it was an interesting way to re-create …...
by Word Grrls on Mar 17, 2011

What If? …

Create an alternate history for your day, today. Start with getting out of bed and then along the way, change something so that your day goes in another direction. The same things happen around you, unless they are changed by … Continue reading...
by Word Grrls on Jan 12, 2011

The Most Awesome Writing Genre

Have you started NaNoWriMo 2010? I try most years and never get very far. I did make it to over 5,000 words once. That was my personal best. I think it is a lack of planning ahead, a lack of … Continue reading →...
by Word Grrls on Nov 6, 2010

Things Must Happen

One of the things that can make or break a story is action. I don’t necessarily mean gunfights, high adventure and explosions, though they can be fun to read and write. What I mean is that things must happen in the story. There must be movem...

Emotional Engagement

No matter what you’re writing in fiction, be it a popcorn reading fantasy novel or the next Great American Novel, you must achieve some emotional engagement with the reader.  Without that emotional engagement, the readers will never walk aw...

Credibility In Fantasy Writing

One of the biggest challenges I face in writing effective fantasy is keeping the story credible. When you write about lives of “regular” people, your major credibility issues are with character consistency. Would this person talk this...

Writing the Sam Branch Sequel: Day 7

So I’m a week into the honeymoon period of writing my next Samuel Branch novel.  I’ve already been surprised by at least one major event that didn’t appear on my skeleton plot.  This is one reason why I love the organic writing pr...


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