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Fantasy Writers

Fantasy Writers

A place to share thoughts and ideas about the fantasy writing life.
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Bill Bittner
Weta Holics: Updates and News about what's happening @ Weta - An Unexpected Party Chat transcript now available! - http://www.wetanz.com/holics...
Here it is. Thanks to Sergio. - Bill Bittner
Eric Dorsett
I am curious how many of you all agree/disagree with my take on teen lit and the problems I see with adult lit - Eric Dorsett
It's hard for me to comment with really understanding what is considered teen lit. Is it teen protagonists and teen subject matter? Or, literature that can be read and enjoyed by a teen, which would, in fact, include a billion classics such as Huckleberry Finn or Tarzan (my favorite books I read as a young teen..before I discovered LOTR at 14) - Bill Bittner
I think there is an easiest way to answer what it is: it is the books stores put on the "young adult" shelves, which includes Harry Potter series, His Dark Materials series and the like, sometimes including the Hobbit. It is a marketing term that, like most genre names determined by the industry, has little in the way of discernible qualities. A commenter on the blog mentioned that the kids she knows are buys books from all over the store. - Eric Dorsett
My central question is: Are there enough quality books in the genres these new writers are reading being published to keep them reading? (I am only talking about new titles, not the classics) - Eric Dorsett
Just to play devil's advocate, does there have to be "quality" titles to keep them reading? When I was a teen, I'm sure I read a lot of trash, but was too young of a reader to know the difference. But, on the whole, there's probably a lot of mediocre clones, all in the same vein as those that you mentioned. Teen Lit Fatnasy is big because of those big hits. What it probably needs is big breakout novels in other genres. For example, what about just plain adventure with nothing impossible or supernatural. - Bill Bittner
So the Harry Potter kids are growing up, essentially. I was actually in the YA section at B&N today, and noticed that there were a lot of books re-branded as YA. Other than YA fantasy (there's a lot of crossover) there's a lot of this trendy crap out there, sort of Sex and the City for teens. From what I've read, the biggest delineation between YA and adult lit is often length rather than content (some Teen and YA stuff is really graphic, violent, sexy, etc... which is why B&N has a separate Teen section). - Natania
Part of me is irritated that some publishers may be trying to make a buck by offering literature that panders to teen libidos. But at the same time, if teens are going to consume works with sex and other graphic content, I'd rather them get it from a book, than just passively watching it on TV or in a movie. But if they're going to read about sex, why not classic sexual authors such as D.H. Lawrence? - Bill Bittner
Bill Bittner
The Domesday Book - Medieval Demographics Made Easy - http://www.rpglibrary.org/utils...
A cool tool for calculating demographics of a city/town/kingdom/country based on certain factors, such as area, climate, etc. Even tells you how many apothecaries your would have. - Bill Bittner
My inner medievalist just squeed. - Natania
Speaking of medievalists, check out the Darkon movie I posted. It's a documentatry about a group of live roleplayers. - Bill Bittner
Bill Bittner
sergiooo
Hi everyone, just joined. :)
Welcome. I liked that Unexpected Party chat link you posted. I should probably just re-share it here. - Bill Bittner
Fantasy Writers
Eric Dorsett
How To Write A Novel Using The Snowflake Method - http://preview.evernote.com/pub...
I am going to have to try this on my next project - Eric Dorsett
I as well. - Bill Bittner
Bill Bittner
How 'bout the new logo?
What did you have in mind? I am doing a bunch of graphic design right now, I will see if I can get one done. - Eric Dorsett
I'm saying, look at the one I just did. The FW on parchment. - Bill Bittner
Eric Dorsett
BESTIARY - Monsters & Fabulous Creatures of Greek Myth & Legend with pictures - http://preview.evernote.com/pub...
I am sharing my Evernote Openbook on writing, This is a great resource for greek and roman mythical creatures. - Eric Dorsett
Cool. I've never seen that view on Evernote. And I'm always looking for any resources dealing with greek myth. - Bill Bittner
Eric Dorsett
It is good to remember that every story that can be told has been, these also make for a create spin the bottle, write a short inspiration list. - Eric Dorsett
Eric Dorsett
"QUICKIE" CHARACTER ARCHETYPES: - http://preview.evernote.com/pub...
Short, sweet and to the point, a good way to categorize secondary and tertiary characters - Eric Dorsett
Natania
Stupid Plot Tricks - An Oldie but Goodie - http://www.sff.net/paradis...
Every time I read this I end up crumpled on the floor as a result of riotous laughter. Lots of it is geared toward SF, but certainly plenty works in favor of fantasy writing, too. - Natania
Wow. That stuff is great. - Bill Bittner
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"The Mirrored Heavens" by David J. Williams - http://fantasybookcritic.blogspot.com/2008...
Bill Bittner
Fantasy Worldbuilding Questions Part 1 - http://www.sfwa.org/writing...
Found a list of questions that help in worldbuilding - Bill Bittner
Bill Bittner
How to Unleash Your Creativity: Scientific American - http://www.sciam.com/article...
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GIVEAWAY: Win a SIGNED ADVANCE READING COPY of Ekaterina Sedia’s “The Alchemy of Stone”!!! - http://fantasybookcritic.blogspot.com/2008...
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Winners of the Andrzej Sapkowski / The Last Wish Giveaway!!! - http://fantasybookcritic.blogspot.com/2008...
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GIVEAWAY: Win a SET of Jay Lake's "Mainspring" & "Escapement"!!! - http://fantasybookcritic.blogspot.com/2008...
Bill Bittner
Launching a Blog Dedicated to My Writerly Life - http://thepromethiad.wordpress.com/2008...
I've found this sort of blogging extremely helpful in my writing process. While some authors argue against it (that you spend more time blogging about writing than actually writing) I find that putting my work somewhere concrete (inasmuch as a website can be) inspires me. Plus, connecting with other writers is always a good way to go! I look forward to your posts. :) - Natania
Andrew Wooldridge
Tor website is doing some really cool things - like free ebooks - http://www.tor.com/
Thanks for the pointing this site out. Always glad to find good ebooks for reading on my phone on the way to work. - Bill Bittner
Bill Bittner
I created a wiki on Google Sites to gather notes, plot, develop characters, world-build, and write. - https://www.google.com/account...
um ok what is it? or do you mean that folks should do that for their own books? - Andrew Wooldridge
Yes. Great way to keep track of characters, places, terms, factions, etc., as well as write. I especially like being able to have a layout of two equal columns on chapter pages. I put a chapter outline, notes, ideas, and brainstorming in the right column, and write the chapter in the left. - Bill Bittner
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"Mind the Gap" by Christopher Golden + Tim Lebbon - http://fantasybookcritic.blogspot.com/2008...
Bill Bittner
A pretty decent blog by a fantasy author. - Bill Bittner
Thanks for the link! - Natania
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GIVEAWAY: Win a COPY of James Rollins' "The Judas Strain" and his new book "The Last Oracle!!! - http://fantasybookcritic.blogspot.com/2008...
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GIVEAWAY: Win a COPY of Dean Koontz's "In Odd We Trust"!!! - http://fantasybookcritic.blogspot.com/2008...
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"Severance Package" by Duane Swierczynski - http://fantasybookcritic.blogspot.com/2008...
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“The Hounds of Ash and Other Tales of Fool Wolf” - http://fantasybookcritic.blogspot.com/2008...
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