Fantasy Tip Book List of Topics

The Godfather

This is the last day of break for many, so I didn’t want to do anything complicated.  Still, I’ve been meaning to make this post for a while.  I haven’t come up with titles for most of these topics and the ones I have are iffy.  Don’t even have one for the book, which is looking more and more like a 2021 release since I have my hands full with War of Nytefall.  Anyway, here are the topics for that fantasy tip book that I mentioned a few times:

The Intro

The Author:

  1. Prologues and Epilogues
  2. Choosing Tense
  3. Plan or Pants
  4. Cliches
  5. Be You (Using your own author voice)
  6. Admit Your Inspiration
  7. Can’t Please Everyone
  8. Revel in Your Quirks

The World

  1. Setting as a Character
  2. Does it Have to Be Medieval Europe?
  3. Magic Systems
  4. Using the Classics
  5. Interspecies Relations
  6. Religion and Politics
  7. Painting the World
  8. Importance of Notes
  9. Monsters
  10. Passage of Time
  11. History
  12. The Wilderness
  13. Relics
  14. Necromancy (Necrocasting in Windemere)
  15. Accepted Levels of Violence
  16. Multiple Series in One World
  17. Riding Beasts!
  18. Dragons!
  19. Great Cataclysms
  20. Short Story Worlds

The Characters

  1. Starting Weak or Strong
  2. Evolution
  3. Importance of Supporting Cast
  4. Comic Relief
  5. Gods!
  6. Flawed is Perfect
  7. Damsels and Princess Generals
  8. Names
  9. Signatures of Characters
  10. Monsters as Heroes
  11. Types of Casters
  12. Villains
  13. Minions
  14. Fan Favorites and the Despised
  15. Holy Characters
  16. Ensemble Casts
  17. Biographies
  18. Rivals
  19. Archetypes
  20. Short Story Evolutions

The Quest

  1. Always a Goal
  2. Synergy of Heroes and Quests
  3. Rollercoaster Plot (This is where I’m at with outlining as of the writing of this post.)
  4. Good or Bad Endings
  5. Fight Scenes
  6. Final Battles
  7. Times to Shine
  8. Power of the Caster
  9. Adventure vs Politics
  10. How Dark Do You Go?
  11. Big Battles
  12. Destiny vs Free Will
  13. Romance
  14. Food and Eating Scenes
  15. Traveling Sections
  16. Distractions, Deviations, and Side Quests
  17. Killing Characters
  18. Training Without Losing Flow
  19. Next Generation
  20. Short Story Quests

The Outro

There you have it at 70 ‘chapters’ that will all be written in a casual, blog-style way.  I’m not going to use jargon or talk like it’s my way or the highway.  This is going to be something fun and informative, so I’m keeping it light.  Tried to get a good variety of topics and hit on things that people have asked me about.  Hope it works and I’m aiming to get the planning stage done before the summer.  Might make this my summer project then and push for beta readers in the Fall.  Anyway, that’s really far down the road.  Best to take it easier here.  Need a title too . . . ‘So, You Want to be a Fantasy Author?’  Ugh, everyone I think of sounds too smug, pompous, and overly professional when I’m going for laid back and casual.

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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25 Responses to Fantasy Tip Book List of Topics

  1. Fantasy Guidelines for Beginners
    Fantasy Facts
    Fantasy Writers Compendium
    Fantasy Writing for Fun
    Writing Fantasy? Tips Within!

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  2. How about “You and Me and Fantasy.” It looks like a super informative book.

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  3. This looks like a great project. How about The Grimoire of Charles Yallowitz, with a sub title like suggested above.

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  4. Reblogged this on Author Don Massenzio and commented:
    Check out this post from Charles Yallowitz’s blog with a Fantasy Tip Book List of Topics

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  5. It seems like a good, comprehensive plan. For your title, how about a pun — “The Write Fantastic.”

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  6. Looks good. You could also go with Fantasy Writing for the Fainthearted; Where to Go After the Tavern: A Writing Guide for Fantasy Authors; or Tips, Tricks, and Taverns: The Inns and Outs of Fantasy Writing.

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