Newest Articles on fantasy subjects
New Article by Guest Author: Searching for the Romance In Speculative Fiction by Robin Hazeltine - Robin brings up some good points in this article. Why does speculative fiction tend to focus on the big picture of conquering worlds and slaying evil lords while the most important aspect of being human is often left out?
New Article by A Guest Writer: Archetypes in Fantasy Writing by Marilyn Peake - This outstanding essay gives us a look at some of the major archetypes in fantasy writing such as the hero, the child, the princess, and the mother. Read the Article here (And be sure to check out her website for more!)
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.
New Article: 5 Keys to the Kingdom - How to Conquer Any Online Game - Today’s online video games (MMORPG’s) are extraordinarily complex worlds that take a lot of time to master. Whether you play a couple of hours a week or a couple of hours every day there are some fundamental rules you should follow to maximize what you achieve within these online worlds. Read full article
The Fifth Wave of Epic Fantasy - How Epic Fantasy is soon going to change - Are you tired of the multi-volume thousand page epic fantasy series? Does it all seem to be the same? Well this is going to change... Read More
The Knights of the Round Table -
The Emblem of the Knights and the code of conduct and ethics that King Arthur demanded of his knights.
Free Audio podcast of a Fantasy Novel -
Listen to the chapters of the epic fantasy novel "Lion's Last Kill" 100% free and the book is also available for purchase at major online retailers
Designing Video Games sharpen your eyes and think like an artist - Good Video Game design is not just about fast action and challenging beasts and creatures. One of the most important, yet most overlooked aspect of video game design is the believability of the world the game takes place in. When designing a video game you don't have to be a great artist but you do have to think and see like one.
How to Draw a Dragon -
Nice tutorial on drawing a dragon. With lots of pictures to guide you through the process.
Make a shoebox Diorama - Here is a fun afternoon project for kids. It has complete instructions and a downloadable graphics page. Takes you step by step through the making of a fantasy shoebox diorama. The scene is a dragon battling with a knight. This makes a nice change form the usual underwater or jungle scenes of the typical shoebox diorama.
Mianthroperspection - stepping out of the human in your fantsy 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.
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.