A Writer’s Guide to Firearms: before the Modern Age

Lots of good info in here.

Nicholas C. Rossis

You may be excused if you have forgotten this post series by now, as the last installment was posted back in May. Then, life interfered with my good author friend’s, William R. Bartlett’s, best intentions, so this penultimate part is only published now. It continues his discussion of all things firearms. If you have missed the rest of this brilliant series on firearms, you can check it out here. As always, Bill includes some great tips on writing about older firearms and some common writing blunders. His next, final post will continue part 6 with Flintlock weapons. Enjoy and bookmark! 

A Writer’s Guide to Firearms by William R. Bartlett

Part 6: Firearms before the Modern Age

Prologue by William R. Bartlett

Thank you for all your kind responses. This is the final part in my Writer’s Guide to Firearms series and here I’ll discuss weapons for those who…

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About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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4 Responses to A Writer’s Guide to Firearms: before the Modern Age

  1. Thank you so much for sharing, Charles! I wonder if you could use any of the info here in Windemere.


    • I’ve always been hesitant to introduce firearms into Windemere. I have a plan for it in one series with a lot of magical restrictions, but even then I’m not 100% sure. From personal experience, adding guns to fantasy ends up turning into a Wild West mess.

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      • Lol–and why is that a bad thing? 😀

        I’ve been wanting forever to write up a book about a Westworld kind of park, only in a fantasy setting. The twist is that the orcs etc would be the good guys, trying to build up their civilization, and the humans visiting it just blood-thirsty killers out for the hunt. I haven’t started it yet, in part because it gets pretty dark pretty fast in my head.


      • Because you inevitably have people complaining that a spellcaster defeated a rifleman even though the fireball spell didn’t have to be aimed as carefully.

        That idea definitely works with the ‘humans are monsters’ aspect of Westworld. I don’t really know what else there is to that series even though I watched both seasons. Doesn’t hurt that it goes dark quickly. It sets the tone and makes the lighter parts much more impactful.

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