F is for Fantasy

Fantasy is my genre of choice as an author, even though I do, at times, experiment in other genres. One of my most notable divergences from fantasy would be the hard sci-fi novella D.N.A., set to be released this December in Writers’ Anarchy III. So, while I don’t like to limit myself, the genre I will always come back to is fantasy.

There is so much to love about the genre, besides its virtually endless possibilities. Magic, super powers, unnaturally long life spans––if you’ve ever wondered about something, you can make it happen in fantasy. That isn’t to say there aren’t any rules at all. No, of course not. Your world is limited by the boundaries you set for it. And perhaps one of the hardest things to retain is that the more your world diverges from the natural, the harder it becomes to make your characters still behave in realistic ways, while still having realistic limitations. You wouldn’t want it to be too easy, after all. (And you need to be mindful of other trope traps in the genre, such as the wise old wizard who in general decides to omit any pertinent information that could have saved your protagonist an entire quest.)

While I love fantasy, I’ve never been big on Sword & Sorcery, or Authurian High Epics. There are a few that I really, really enjoyed, but for the most part, I like unusual locales; modern or classical, even futuristic, timelines. I like multiple cultures and multiple viewpoints in a single work. If your fantasy attempts to go against the grain, I’ll probably check it out.

What are some of your favorite fantasy stories? What do you think isn’t done enough in fantasy?

Tomorrow: G is for Gold!

E is for Editing

Most authors will tell you that editing is the scourge of their writing existence. Much like the marketing or platform-building stage, it is tantamount to pulling every hair out of their head with a single pair of tweezers, or making them comb through the source code of their websites. Me? I actually enjoy editing. For me, it’s actually my favorite stage of writing. To use an analogy, editing is sort of like wood-carving.

We all start with an idea. An idea that needs to mature; needs to become rooted and strong.

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How many times has this idea been refined?
How many times has this idea been refined?

Some ideas turn into kindling…

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But some we harvest, and prepare to work our craft upon them. Our first draft is the shape. That outline of the real idea we can already see in our minds.

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And editing is when we get down to the fine details, using screwdrivers, drills, sanders, nails, and saws to change our manuscripts into art.

Do you enjoy the editing process?

Tomorrow: F is for Fantasy!