While waiting for the proof copy of 'The Spellbound Spindle', I thought I’d share what I’ve found online that’s been especially helpful. I’ll split them into 2 parts, with next week’s list focussing more on fairy tales and retellings.
First, Chuck Sambuchino on ‘The Worst Ways to Begin Your Novel: Advice from Literary Agents’, which covers sci-fi, fantasy, crime and romance. Also, prologues, voice, characters and backstory.
Then we have ‘13 Kick-Ass Tips for Writing Fantasy from Professional Fantasy Editors’, under 4 sub-headings – ‘Prep, ‘Plot and Theme, ‘Worldbuilding’ and ‘Characters’.
Next, a master of the craft, Patricia Wrede with her ‘Fantasy Worldbuilding Questions – Magic and Magicians’, which covers ‘rules of magic’, ‘wizards’, ‘magic and technology’ and ‘miscellaneous questions’.
Followed by ‘6 Tips for Writing Fantasy Weapons’, which includes firearms.
‘10 Fantasy Clichés and Ideas to Change Them’ definitely gave me things to think about going forward with my writing.
And finally, a list to have loads of fun with – ‘50 Fantasy Plot Ideas and Writing Prompts’ by list-maker extraordinaire, Bryn Donovan.
What links have you found helpful?