Plot Outline done for Green Magic One I had a couple folks ask how I would do headers on the plot cards. So I took a picture of the outline view of my plot card outline for Green Magic I. This is done in Scrivener; your results will look different depending on what you’re using to outline your book. But… The entire project is in a folder titled (ever so imaginatively) Draft. Following that is the title, and then the book divided into three beats. At the far left of every other title, C[#] marks off each chapter (you can see I’m doing two scenes per chapter), each card has a title that cues me in to what the main action of that scene will be, and the necessary word count I have to hit to come in on deadline at length, and within the specifications for the book. I can see the contents of each card as I roll the cursor over it, preventing me from ever having to click back into the plot-cards working view, but keeping all that information at my fingertips. Here’s the corkboard with card in place for comparison purposes.
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Ten Rules For Writing Epic Fantasy I'd seen a couple of "Ten rules for writing" around on the book blogs - such as "Ten Rules for Writing Historical Fiction", "Ten Rules for Writing Feminist Revisionist Historical Fiction", etc. etc. For the last ten years, I've been reading primarily epic fantasies (the big fat trilogies), and I've only just started reading "literary" fantasy. Hmm...either way, I do notice there are similarities in style with epic fantasies, and thought I'd provide some fun tips: Ten Rules For Writing Epic Fantasies 1. The red-headed pot/stable/farmer's boy is ALWAYS the long-lost Heir In Disguise. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction The Fantasy Fiction Formula "Rob Parnell is the World's Foremost Writing Guru" - Writers Digest Best Writers' Site - Critters #1 Best Writers' Info Site 2010 - 2011 Writers! Click here to get published free by Magellan Books. The Fantasy Fiction Formula Rob Parnell Now, most fantasy writers have been constructing their fictional world since childhood. I remember an interview with JK Rowling where she wandered her home town for the camera, recounting the points, places and people that influenced her Harry Potter world, right from when she was a kid. Similarly, JR Tolkein was an ardent lifelong scholar of "Middle Earth" languages way before he set pen to paper. But if you're new to the genre, where do you begin? Many professional fantasy writers will joke about 'the formula' for good fantasy because it does exist and good fantasy authors still use it - not because they're lazy but because the fans want it - in fact insist on it! It has been condensed thus: 'Hero, artifact, quest'. Get a very large sheet of paper.
Themes & Things To Keep In Mind When Writing Fantasy Stories and... This list is far from complete. It’s not even trying to be complete. It knows better than that. It just wants to be helpful and provide some inspiration here and there; you know, offer little suggestions that might lead to bigger ideas. (Especially by using the words offered as Wikipedia searches!) Feel free to make suggestions in the comments! Weather Natural: sunlight, rain, snow, hail, fog, humidity, moonlight, wind, smoke, clouds, shadows, overcast skies, clear skies, lightning, hurricanes, tornadoes, moon in sky during daytimeFantastic: summoned weather, unnatural coloration (eg. green fog) Terrain Changes Landmarks Natural: stone outcropping, lightening struck trees, large boulders, waterfallsArtificial: lone buildings (eg. towers, houses, barns), statues, signs/markers, border wallsFantastic: large skeletons (eg. dragons, giants) After-Effects of Events Tricks Cultures Mysticism Events Unfolding Harsh Situations fatigue, hunger, thirst, extreme temperaturesenemy territories (invading?
Thoughts on Creating Magic Systems at SF Novelists David B. Coe July 21st 2011 I’ve written before, on other blogs (including a site I maintain with several other fantasy authors) about creating magic systems and what I feel such a system needs to read as “real.” Let me start by saying that I approach the creation of a magic system with a fair amount of rigor. Over the years, when I have created magic systems, I have followed three basic rules. Recently, I have come to recognize one more component of a successful magic system. For my contemporary fantasies, I have tried to create magic systems that draw upon existing elements of our world. Those are the things I’ve been thinking about recently when creating magic. I’ll be away from my computer much of this week, but feel free to discuss this in my absence and I’ll check in when I can. Filed under For Novelists, our books, writing process.
How to write a great fantasy combat scene 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. A combat scene is something that may take up only a few minutes of your character’s time but will take up significantly more of your reader’s time. 1. 4. A Samurai sword is sharp on only one side but was that the only side of the weapon that the Samurai Warrior used? Just because you are writing fantasy doesn’t mean you can write implausible and over the top fight scenes.
How to write an epic fantasy novel How to Write an Epic Fantasy Novel – A No Nonsense Guide to getting the job done Here are some simple yet amazingly effective steps that will insure you start and finish your epic fantasy novel. You just need to understand what epic fantasy really is and why you want to write it. The key to writing a real epic fantasy novel lies in the word “epic”. So this is the first thing you have to do when writing an epic fantasy novel. Some common themes you may want to explore in epic fantasy include the examination of the nature of good and evil, the ultimate meaning of life, the quest to understand oneself, or the challenge of making the transition from childhood to adulthood. Alchemy with Words: The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy vol 1 (The Complete Guide Series) Writing a book can be joyous, yet hard work, and you may need some motivation to get you through the whole task and here is all the motivation you will need. I don’t recommend you set goals that are pinned to dates or word counts.