Things we don’t talk about in Fantasy books, and how to do it right.

Cover art thanks to Pixabay. Thank you, Pixabay. When I was a kid, I read just about every book that Beverly Cleary ever wrote. Especially the Ramona books. Ramona was my girl. I would love a story about Ramona as an adult.  One story that stuck with me was Ramona and her little kindergarten classContinue reading “Things we don’t talk about in Fantasy books, and how to do it right.”

Tolkien Already Did That

Fantasy is the oldest recorded genre. We, as fantasy writers, are part of a great brother/sisterhood that dates back to the first ever recorded story, Beowulf. Centuries of Fantasy writers stand behind us. This means that everything’s been done already, mostly by Tolkien. This is terrible! How are we ever to say anything original whenContinue reading “Tolkien Already Did That”

God Bless the Fantasy Fans

I speak about fantasy fans from two points of view. On the one hand, I write fantasy, and some of the Annie Wilkes level stories frighten me. But I’m also a fantasy fan, and if I ever get to meet Tamora Pierce I might embarrass myself. So when I say that fantasy fans are theContinue reading “God Bless the Fantasy Fans”

Fantasy is in the details

Let’s assume you already agree with me when I say that writing good fantasy relies heavily on world building. I mean, would the Harry Potter series be half so amazing if the world built around the story wasn’t as detailed as it is? I don’t think so, and I don’t think I’m the only oneContinue reading “Fantasy is in the details”

Writing Fantasy Characters We Aren’t Sick Of Seeing

Everything I write starts with a character. There are other schools of thought, sure. Lots of writers start with a situation and work from there, and that’s fine and all. But I start with characters, and this is my blog, so that’s where we’re starting. The stories in a fantasy characters are not, generally, peopleContinue reading “Writing Fantasy Characters We Aren’t Sick Of Seeing”

Writing Prompt Saturday- Fantasy food world.

Remember how I like food? It’s kind of my thing, well one of my things. It’s not just me, though. Food tells you so much about a person, a culture, a life style. So for this week’s writing prompt, I want you to spend ten minutes free writing about the most popular food in yourContinue reading “Writing Prompt Saturday- Fantasy food world.”