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They are embedded in our cultural fabric, dwarfing other literary figures and the mere men and women of history. Achilles and Odysseus, Gilgamesh and Beowulf. They dominate our legends, and tower over popular culture. The stories we tell each other begin and end with fantasy heroes, and the 21st Century is as thoroughly captivated with them as ever.
But what makes a fantasy hero? How do the best writers create them, and bring them to life on the page? Whether you're an aspiring writer or simply a reader who loves great fantasy and strong characters, this book is for you.
Customer Book Reviews "Secrets" to Writing Great Fantasy Revealed By Keith on Apr 16, If you're looking for a technical manual on the nuts and bolts of writing, things like basic story structure, you won't find it here. Well, not much, anyway. This book is designed more for the aspiring writer who is looking to hone his or her craft and take it to the next level, which preferably would involve publication, rather than the novice writer just learning to put a story together.
The "secrets" to writing great fantasy, if you will. I read Writing Fantasy Heroes from cover to cover, albeit in pieces between other books, but I think the book's values rests in its use as a reference that one picks up and consults as needed more than as volume to read straight through.
The reason I say that is that each chapter addresses a different aspect of heroic fantasy, and not all aspects will appear in all stories or novels. Paul Kearney explains what it really takes to move a large army and to fight a major battle. Alex Bledsoe contrasts the older, wiser hero with the young pup and delves into how to write maturity in a way that's consistent with the reality of that stage in life.
Ari Marmell talks about using tropes effectively and how to avoid cliche in doing so. Glen Cook deals with adding a dash of the unexpected. Werner discusses things from the monster's perspective.
Brandon Sanderson blocks out several fight scenes, taking them from boring to engrossing. Esslemont demonstrates the difference between showing and telling. One of the added bonuses is that Jason Waltz required each contributor to use examples from his or her own work.
I found several authors whose work I want to hunt down and read through this process, so thanks, Jason. I learned a lot from this book. More than that, some of the chapters helped me to bring together concepts or techniques I'd been more or less aware of and helped me either to see them in a new light or to see new connections or applications of them.
It was the same kind of A-Ha moment I get when I gain new insight into a physical system after studying a scientific problem. One of those Oh-of-course! There's a lot of good advice here, and while I'm not the brightest bulb in the chandelier, I like to think I've acquired enough wisdom to realize that there things in this book I'm not ready for yet.
What that means is that I haven't yet tried to write the story where I need that piece of counsel. The list of contributors is impressive, with some of the major names in the field weighing in on various aspects of the craft. The glimpse into their minds is fascinating at times.
As I stated at the beginning of this review, this isn't an introductory writing manual.
It's delves into the deeper, more accomplished aspects of the craft. If you write heroic fantasy, or aspire to, then this book needs to be on your shelf.These are the opening words to one of the best novels ever written: Elantris, by Brandon Sanderson.
I first read it in , barely more than a year into my career as an editor. I first read it in , barely more than a year into my career as an editor. Brandon Sanderson is an American writer.
He is best known for his Mistborn series and his work in finishing Robert Jordan's epic fantasy series The Wheel of Time. In , Sanderson published The Way of Kings, the first book in a ten book series called The Stormlight Archive.
Shadows Beneath is both an anthology of short stories and a glimpse into the writing process, created by the Writing Excuses podcast team: Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells and Howard Taylor. Each author provides one story, as well as a selection of extra ‘behind the scenes.
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