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Summary: Are you a fantasy author who wants to create more vivid worlds or give them greater depth? If so, this is the book you have been waiting for. Subjects covered include: - How to create complex characters and an epic cast - Detailed lists of intelligent fantasy beings from myths and the world of fantasy, including celestial and paranormal species - How to create a celestial world and an underworld - Planning a novel - Ideas for plots, sub-plots, plot twists and book themes - Twenty-seven individual sub-sections on creating every aspect of a fantasy culture, from its history and jobs to its level of technology - Another five sub-sections on creating a planet, from geography to different realms to the effects of the sun(s) and moon(s) on the planet - Seven sub-sections about every aspect of creating a magic system - A list of fantasy creatures and how to create your own - Find inspiration and add an extra layer to your writing by using real myths, legends, folktales, historical events and stories of the paranormal - Eighteen detailed sub-sections on fantasy subgenres - Ideas to help you market your books - Twelve templates that you can use again and again every time you begin a new fantasy novel or series, that let you take the ideas in the book and turn them into something unique of your own In addition to all this, the paperback version of “Writing Fantasy” also contains over 100 illustrations to give you extra information and even more ideas. This is the perfect book for writers of fantasy. Get your copy now so that you can take your writing to a whole new level.
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Summary: From the back cover: Tiffani Angus (Ph.D.) and Val Nolan (Ph.D.) met at the 2009 Clarion Writers’ Workshop in California and since then have collaborated many times as fans and scholars on panels for SFF conventions and writing retreats. Working together on this book and combining their experience as SFF writers and as university lecturers in Creative Writing and Literature made perfect sense! Every year they see new students who want to write SFF/Horror but have never tried the genres, have tried but found themselves floundering, or, worse, have been discouraged by those who tell them Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror are somehow not “real” literature. This book is for all those future Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror writers. Tiffani and Val are approaching these three exciting fields by breaking them down into bite-sized subgenres with a fun, open, and contemporary approach. Each chapter contains 10 subgenres or tropes, with a quick and nerdy history of each derived from classroom teaching practices, along with a list of potential pitfalls, a description of why it’s fun to write in these subgenres, as well as activities for new writers to try out and to get them started!
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Summary: Do you write horror, speculative fiction, dark fantasy, paranormal romance, or fairy tales? Are you an author who wants to take your career to the next level? The Spooky Writer's Planner helps you get it done! The planner includes:
- 13 undated monthly and weekly calendars
- monthly goal and recap sheets
- weekly check-ins and note pages
- writing challenges
- trackers for submissions, published works, and contacts
- planners for marketing, newsletters, and blog posts
- check-off sheets for website maintenance, social media profiles, and expenses
- Also included are fun sheets to generate writing ideas, track your favorite TV series, or to be read and watched lists.