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Fantasy for Writers



NEW: Viking Books and Series
I have a new section on the website that is all about viking books both historical viking and norse fantasy.

NEW HBO Series: A Game of Thrones
HBO is producing a series based on the George RR Martin A Song of Ice and fire series of books. To be released early next spring and starring Lena Headey and Sean Bean.

The Massive list of Fantasy Series
Looking for a series to read? Here is the biggest list of fantasy series on the web.

Award Winning Children's fantasy books
Awards are a sure fire way to find the best books in Childrens Fantasy.

The Heroes of Fantasy
Learn about some of the top heroes in fantasy also find one by theme such as assassin, wizard, anti-hero or orphan turned hero.

The Top 50 Science Fiction and Fantasy books of the Century
As judged by the Science Fiction Book Club. Nice explanation and list of the books. Good Guide for the best reading in SF&F.

The Top Selling Fantasy books at
Take clues from what others in the fantas community are reading and buying

Fantasy For writers

taking on the challenge of writing fantasy? Already have a published novel or hoping to write one? Here are some resources that will help

And are you a writer? Want to be on my spotlight page? Send me an email. I would love to write a bit about you and your writing. And, if you have a published novel I will create a separate page for it. Send me a bio, synopsis and summary of the book and any other press release materials that would be relevant. WRITERS SPOTLIGHT MAIN PAGE

Alchemy with Words: The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy vol 1 (The Complete Guide Series)



Articles about Writing Fantasy

The Internal Conflict is more important than the Dragon – Advice for Epic Fantasy Writers - When writing fantasy it is very easy to let your imagination soar and to create amazing worlds and incredible creatures; and while you may give your reader something to enjoy you won’t really make a connection with him or her. The thing that will make the connection with your reader is the internal conflict your protagonist has to go through. This is what makes him or her human and this is where you have a memorable impact on your reader.

How to Write a Great Combat Scene – Advice for Fantasy Writers - A great combat scene is a memorable event in your reader’s life. It is a microcosm of the struggle that is contained in the book itself. And good combat scenes are often dog-eared by readers and returned to over and over again. You can give your reader a great combat experience if you follow a few simple guidelines.

How to Find Interesting Words and Names for Your Fantasy Writing - Tolkien was a Philologist which made him an expert at linguists and the history of languages so it easy to see why his writing is filled with wonderful names of characters, creatures, and places. You don’t have to be a philologist to also find words that fit into your fantasy writing and accentuate the feel of your created world. Here are some tips and hints on how to do it.

The Dark Tower's Last Stand: Stephen King & Epic Fantasy An article about Stephen King and the Dark Tower series - IT is the rare writer that can transcend genres and Mr. King is that rare writer.

Use Your Journal to Dramatically Improve Your Writing - The Easy Way - If you are keeping a journal on a regular or even semi-regular basis, you have made a great step toward developing your skills as a writer. But, you are probably only using a small part of what a journal can be. You need to take the next step in journal writing and make your journal work for you. Here are some practical tips on how to do that.

Writing Epic Fantasy - Taking a courageous approach - Solid advice for the writer or would be writer of epic fantasy. In a genre of heroism writers often play it way too safe.

Making Magic Real in your fantasy writing - Magic is often an integral part of fantasy stories but it is not something that should be used to solve your character's problems. It should bring up as many problems as it solves.

Forget About the Grammar and Your Writing Will Improve - Advice for Writers
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.

Think Big when writing Epic Fantasy - Advice for the writer
Epic Fantasy is just as much about the "Epic" as it is about the "Fantasy"

It's All About the Cover - Advice for Self Published Authors - 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.

Why don't Fantasy writers have courage? - IfThere is a basic irony about the fact that the novels are about heroes that overcome all odds yet the writers turn out cookie-cutter novels based on the same formula. Break this trend in your writing

Analyzing a self made cover for your novel - Feel the need to design your own cover but you aren't a graphic artist? Here are some guidelines for a great cover. A sample cover is used.

Mianthroperspection - stepping out of the human in your fantasy writing or "How does a dragon really feel?" - Mianthroperspection is art of writing from the viewpoint of an animal or an inanimate object and it is something that fantasy writers have been doing for a very long time. But until now it has gone unnamed or mislabeled as anthropomorphism.

Looking for a writers group to join? Here is a great list of links to writers groups that focus specifically on science fiction and fantasy

Scifi & Fantasy Publishers Interested in getting Published? Here is a list of publishers that specialize in science fiction and fantasy


Books for Fantasy Writers

Books on Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy
How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy -- by Orson Scott Card, Orson Scott Card; Paperback
Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy -- by Crawford Kilian; Paperback
Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Science Fiction by Cory Doctorow, Karl Schroeder (Paperback)
Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction (Writing Handbooks) by Lisa Tuttle (Paperback - March 2002)
World-Building (Science Fiction Writing Series) by Stephen L. Gillett, Ben Bova (Hardcover - January 1996)
Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury (Paperback)
The Writers Complete Fantasy Reference by Writer's Digest Books (Editor), Terry Brooks (Introduction) (Paperback - November 2000) Has a section of their site that is devoted exclusively to writing science fiction and fantasy. There are a lot of great books there. take a look and see if there is something that is right for you.

Amazon Site devoted to Writing Science Fiction & Fantasy


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