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How to Write Fantasy - Essays, information and tips

Do you want to write Fantasy? Dream about writing a novel like Lord of the Rings? Have visions of Goblins, Dragons and Ogres? Want to make your vision a reality?

I have material here that will help you get writing. There is a tutorial, a few stories and lots of materials that will get you going.


How to write an epic fantasy novel - A no nonsense approach to starting and completing your novel

How I started writing his first novel. How I started writing my first novel is an interesting story. It will encourage you to write your novel!

Will's sure-fired, guaranteed, four-step method that will get you writing. Looking for some advice? I have some sure fire advice that will get you writing today!  The most difficult thing about writing is well, writing. So many people think about, talk about, even dream about writing but never seem to find the time to do it. This tutorial will help you overcome whatever stands in your way and get you writing.

Writing Epic Fantasy - Taking a Courageous Approach to the Genre Epic fantasy is a genre about heroes taking on challenges of epic proportions and overcoming obstacles that are seemingly impossible to overcome yet the genre puts out (safe) multi-volume cookie cutter novels that follow a specific formula laid out by Tolkien and Campbell. Break this trend in your own writing.

Epic Fantasy - It’s Really About the Meaning of Life Epic fantasy has long been considered escapist literature and something that adolescent’s read to pass the time. It brings to mind muscle-bound heroes who fight dragons and rescue princesses. But Epic fantasy is really much more than that. It is about the search to find meaning in our lives.

Finding a Technique of writing that is right for you Everybody is different and every novel is different. So it is safe to say that every writer is different and every writer has a different approach.

Writing Fantasy - A creative Approach to World Building One of the most appealing things about fantasy is that it usually takes place in a fantastic and imaginative world. The mention of the Names Middle Earth, Midkemia, or Narnia brings up vivid images in a reader’s mind. But building a rich and vivid world takes a level of visual creativity that can be daunting to a writer. How do you get your reader to feel the stones of your New World? How do you get him or her to feel the landscape and the world as if it were a real thing? How do you show your reader the world when all you have is words to explain it with?

Everybody wants to write - But Why? The craft of writing has taken on a revered position in our society. Why is this so? It isn't writing itself that we admire. It is the mystique of writing that we admire. When a person thinks of a writer specific images come to mind. Maybe you think of Ernest Hemingway braving the natural world or Jack Kerouac braving the midwest -hoboing his way from railyard to railyard. Maybe you think of Tolkien and the wonders of Middle Earth.

It's All About the Cover - Advice for self publishers With only a few seconds to catch the attention of a potential buyer the cover is the most important tool you have when trying to sell your book. You have spent hundreds of hours working on your manuscript. You should also put a fair amount of energy into the cover. Here is some solid advice on what to do.

Forget about the Grammar and your writing will improve - The number one reason why writers don't write is the fear of poor grammar. The red pencil marks of an editor pointing out dangling participles and passive sentences strikes enough fear into a person that it can prevent him from writing. Writing grammatically well is desirable, and necessary, but it is something you don't have to worry about. I will explain why but lets first take a look at what writing is.

Books on Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy

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How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy -- by Orson Scott Card, Orson Scott Card; Paperback

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Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy -- by Crawford Kilian; Paperback

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Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Science Fiction by Cory Doctorow, Karl Schroeder (Paperback)

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Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction (Writing Handbooks) by Lisa Tuttle (Paperback - March 2002)

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World-Building (Science Fiction Writing Series) by Stephen L. Gillett, Ben Bova (Hardcover - January 1996)

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Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury (Paperback)

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The Writers Complete Fantasy Reference by Writer's Digest Books (Editor), Terry Brooks (Introduction) (Paperback - November 2000)