Tag Archives: cliches

Perspectives of Tropes

We all know this topic since I touch on it from time to time.  For those who don’t know, tropes are things that are used very often in a genre.  They are similar to clichés, but not always seen as … Continue reading

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Throwback Post: These Are Not Rules of Fantasy

I’m drawing out a popular post from July 4, 2014.  I’m still standing by this, but a year hasn’t even passed.  As usual, I don’t edit these when I put them back up for another look.  I might be doing … Continue reading

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These Are Not Rules of Fantasy

A big headache for genre writing is that nearly every reader has their own set of rules about how that genre should work.  They have their favorite authors and all others get compared to those ‘elite’.  Any deviation is met … Continue reading

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So You Want to Write Fantasy (A Pessimistic Approach?)

So you want to write fantasy.  Well, let me load you up on everything you need to get yourself started.  Have some elves, dragons, dwarves, gnomes, magic, warriors, spellcasters, medieval weaponry, orcs, trolls, griffins, political intrigue, religious intrigue, thieves, and … Continue reading

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