Trope Me This: The Hidden Princess

This can be kind of a fun trope, actually. Just imagine. Hero receives The Call To Adventure, but since Hero is just ordinary Citizen X of city/town/kingdom/realm, Hero doesn't believe in herself, BUT just at the right moment, Hero discovers an ancient lineage that turns her into royalty and the next Queen or Whatever-High-Ruling-Rank, and … Continue reading Trope Me This: The Hidden Princess

Guest Post: Crystal M M Burton – 6 tips for writing a fantasy short story

I'm super excited to have Crystal back on here helping us out with writing some fantasy short stories! Great info below. I'm feeling inspired already!    A short story is, by definition, short. It is not a mini-novel and won’t have a lot of the intricacies that a novel has. You want to bring your … Continue reading Guest Post: Crystal M M Burton – 6 tips for writing a fantasy short story

Trope Me This: The Wise, Old Mentor

Gandalf. Obi-Wan Kenobi. Zeddicus Zul'Zorander. Dumbledore. Old, white wizards who know more about the world than everyone else combined, BUT they're not very good at communication, are they? They are pretty secretive, it seems like they're using everyone else for their own benefit, and somewhere in there, they disappear for a long time or die … Continue reading Trope Me This: The Wise, Old Mentor

Trope Me This: The Chosen One

Aragorn. Richard Rahl. Harry Potter. Katniss Everdeen. Bella Swan? (okay, okay, don't get so mad) What do all these people have in common? Yes, the title gives it away. They have all been chosen, in some manner or another, to avert or subvert the LOOMING DISASTER UPON ALL THINGS, but there's no real clear reason … Continue reading Trope Me This: The Chosen One

Trope Me This: Good vs. Evil

Tropes are everywhere, as I discussed in my last post. They can be very useful tools to build a world that readers can settle into easily, but they can also be crutches that leave your story totally crippled.  So, how does one use a trope effectively so that the story is enhanced?  I want to … Continue reading Trope Me This: Good vs. Evil

Writing Fantasy: Using Tropes

Ah, trope me this: use them or avoid them (like the plague)? Is that terrible to start a blog post with a terrible trope (also known as a cliche)? Yes, probably. But it stays.  In my writing and researching about writing journey, I've seen lots of discussion on this particular topic and, after reading dozens of … Continue reading Writing Fantasy: Using Tropes