Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Setting

"Look at this place, isn't it neat. Wouldn't you think... ...a great fantasy story could happen here?" Okay, okay, maybe I fudged on the lyrics a little bit. But really, have you ever found yourself totally enamored with an idea of a world, but you don't have anything else figured out? Someone once told me … Continue reading Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Setting

Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Conflict

Conflict. The tension. The driver. The REASON for the story. But what if that's all you have? You know that you need some characters and they need to live somewhere, but all you can think about is "It would be so cool if... [insert awesome conflict here]". You're right. It WOULD be so cool, which … Continue reading Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Conflict

Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Character

Hey! Thanks for joining me for the next section of Pantsing Fantasy. Today, I want to dig into characters a bit. Characters are the reason anyone gives a crap about your book. If your readers don't feel connected or invested in your characters, it's going to be hard for them to enjoy the book and … Continue reading Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Character

Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Plot

These blog post titles are SO boring, aren't they? Oh well, I've always been function over fashion anyway. For a few weeks, I want to dive into how to generate or shape basic ideas into stories in a way that doesn't involve outlines or planning or any sort of additional forethought. Just sitting down and … Continue reading Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Plot

Pantsing Fantasy: An Intro

I've never been shy about sharing that I'm a pantser. That's how I write - totally by inspiration, almost never by planning (one time I was forced to. It was a contest. I didn't do well.). I don't plot. I don't know how I'm going to get from this scene to the next one or … Continue reading Pantsing Fantasy: An Intro

Trope Me This: The Hidden Prince

No, you didn't read that wrong. Last week, we looked at the hidden princess, and this week, I want to look at her brother, the hidden prince (see what I did there?). The Hidden Prince (sometimes called the Backup Prince) can be created in a number of ways - either by sending the boy away … Continue reading Trope Me This: The Hidden Prince

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 Hero’s Journey

The Hero's Journey encompasses tales where a hero leaves home, encounters overwhelming opposition to completing some quest, wins a decisive victory, and then returns home a changed person. Think Odysseus. Or Frodo. Or Shea Ohmsford. I love this image above (which I found on wikipedia, no copyright, search Hero's Journey) that really nicely outlines the … Continue reading Trope Me This: The Hero’s Journey