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A Century of Fantasy: How the Genre's Changed Since the 1920s

October 3, 2017 - Perfecting your Craft - 5 Comments

Writing Fantasy Narwhal

The English word, "fantasy," sprang from Old French's phantasie, or "vision, imagination." But you wouldn't be entirely remiss if you'd thought that it came from the word, "fantastic." When you consider all the fantastic things in our world and our imaginations, it's no wonder there are so many different subgenres in fantasy—and dedicated readers of each subgenre. ... read more »


How to Kill Your Darlings

kill your darlings

This August, Simon Woodward published his fifth book, Dead Weapons. During the writing process, Simon faced a struggle familiar to many writers: should he follow his creative instincts or tailor his novel to enhance its marketability? In this article, Simon talks about the act Faulkner’s coined “killing your darlings,”  and discerning the difference between making ... read more »


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