Writing Fantasy Heroes

Whether you're an aspiring writer or simply a reader who loves great fantasy and strong characters, this book is for you.

Writing Fantasy Heroes

Fantasy heroes endure. 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. King Arthur and Robin Hood, Macbeth and Sherlock Holmes, Conan and Luke Skywalker. 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. From Batman to Gandalf, Harry Potter to Tyrion Lannister, the heroes of fantasy speak to-and for-whole generations. But what makes a fantasy hero? How do the best writers create them, and bring them to life on the page? In WRITING FANTASY HEROES some of the most successful fantasy writers of our time--Steven Erikson, C.L. Werner, Brandon Sanderson, Janet & Chris Morris, Cecelia Holland, Alex Bledsoe, Jennifer Brozek, Ian C. Esslemont, Orson Scott Card, Ari Marmell, Cat Rambo, Howard Andrew Jones, Paul Kearney and Glen Cook--pull back the curtain to reveal the secrets of creating heroes that live and breathe, and steal readers' hearts. Whether you're an aspiring writer or simply a reader who loves great fantasy and strong characters, this book is for you.

Writing the Fantasy Film

It spans all genres, times and locals, and has contributed to the folklore and literature of every culture around the world. Writing the fantasy film guides you through the fantasy script process, without having to sprinkle the fairy dust.

Writing the Fantasy Film

From it's a Wonderful Life, to Star Wars, fantasy is not bound by a specific formula. It spans all genres, times and locals, and has contributed to the folklore and literature of every culture around the world. Writing the fantasy film guides you through the fantasy script process, without having to sprinkle the fairy dust.

The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction

There are books on writing science fiction and fantasy, and then there’s this book--the only one you need to create strange, wonderful worlds for your own universe of readers!

The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction

Science fiction and fantasy is one of the most challenging--and rewarding!--genres in the bookstore. But with New York Times bestselling author Philip Athans and fantasy giant R. A. Salvatore at your side, you’ll create worlds that draw your readers in--and keep them reading! Just as important, you’ll learn how to prepare your work for today’s market. Drawing on his years of experience as one of the most acclaimed professionals in publishing, Wizards of the Coast editor Athans explains how to set your novel apart--and break into this lucrative field. From devising clever plots and building complex characters to inventing original technologies and crafting alien civilizations, Athans gives you the techniques you need to write strong, saleable narratives. Plus! Athans applies all of these critical lessons together in an unprecedented deconstruction of a never-before-published tale by the one and only R. A. Salvatore! There are books on writing science fiction and fantasy, and then there’s this book--the only one you need to create strange, wonderful worlds for your own universe of readers!

Adventures in Fantasy

Your student writers will embark on a hero's journey; their very own write of
passage. With chapters such as “Threading the Theme,” “Forming the
Fantasyland,” “Setting the Surroundings,” “Crafting the Characters,” “Plotting the
Path,” “Wording ...

Adventures in Fantasy

Adventures in Fantasy offers an exciting approach to teaching narrative and descriptive writing that stimulates a student’s creativity and imagination. Filled with mini-lessons, reading projects, and hands-on writing activities, the book shows teachers step-by-step how to introduce students to the “magic” of creating a complete story in the fantasy/adventure genre. Before fleshing out their stories, however, students are asked to construct actual maps of their ‘fantasyland’ – and then to write a travelogue describing the setting in vivid detail. This initial fantasizing encourages students to be wildly inventive in creating the drama, ogres, villains, heroes and heroines featured in their story, and on the way they learn about the mythic journey.

Genre Screenwriting

How to Write Popular Screenplays That Sell Stephen V. Duncan. Develop
Science-Fiction-Fantasy Heroes & Villains Choose Your Hero Give Your Hero a
Strong Goal Choose Your Villain Make Your Villain Three-Dimensional Give
Your ...

Genre Screenwriting

It's simple: films need to have commercial value for the studios to produce them, distributors to sell them, and theater chains to screen them. While talent definitely plays a part in the writing process, it can be the well-executed formulaic approaches to the popular genres that will first get you noticed in the industry. Genre Screenwriting: How to Write Popular Screenplays That Sell does not attempt to probe in the deepest psyche of screenwriters and directors of famous or seminal films, nor does it attempt to analyze the deep theoretic machinations of films. Duncan's simple goal is to give the reader, the screenwriter, a practical guide to writing each popular film genre. Employing methods as diverse as using fairy tales to illustrate the 'how to' process for each popular genre, and discussing these popular genres in modern television and its relation to its big screen counterpart, Duncan provides a one-stop shop for novices and professionals alike.

Resenting the Hero

In a realm beset by natural disasters, only the magical abilities of the bonded Pairs—Source and Shield—make the land habitable and keep the citizenry safe.

Resenting the Hero

In a realm beset by natural disasters, only the magical abilities of the bonded Pairs—Source and Shield—make the land habitable and keep the citizenry safe. The ties that bind them are far beyond the relationships between lovers or kin—and last their entire lives… Whether they like it or not. Since she was a child, Dunleavy Mallorough has been nurturing her talents as a Shield, preparing for her day of bonding. Unfortunately, fate decrees Lee’s partner to be the legendary, handsome, and unbearably self-assured Lord Shintaro Karish. Sure, he cuts a fine figure with his aristocratic airs and undeniable courage. But Karish’s popularity and notoriety—in bed and out—make him the last Source Lee ever wanted to be stuck with. The duo is assigned to High Scape, a city so besieged by disaster that seven bonded pairs are needed to combat it. But when an inexplicable force strikes down every other Source and Shield, Lee and Karish must put aside their differences in order to defeat something even more unnatural than their reluctant affections for each other…

The Heroes

This enhanced eBook contains: # An introduction from Joe Abercrombie # The full text of THE HEROES # A critical afterword from the editor Plus: # THE FOOL JOBS short story, featuring characters from THE HEROES # A 20,000 word 'planning' ...

The Heroes

This enhanced eBook contains: # An introduction from Joe Abercrombie # The full text of THE HEROES # A critical afterword from the editor Plus: # THE FOOL JOBS short story, featuring characters from THE HEROES # A 20,000 word 'planning' document which contains all of Joe's behind-the-scenes notes, plans and timeline for THE HEROES # A before-and-after chapter showing the first draft, the last draft, and many stages in between if one of the most critical chapters of the book # 'Blog archive' - all of Joe's blog posts from the period when he was writing THE HEROES. This is half-diary, half book progress updates, and includes illustrations, links to interviews, events, award ceremonies and reviews of games and books from Joe as well as incidents from his life # A full author biography, and an author photo gallery

Writing Fantasy

If you're looking to attract rabid fans and become a trusted author, then be sure to save yourself a lot of heartache and trouble by reading this book first! Here Is A Preview Of What You'll Discover.

Writing Fantasy

Bring Your Fantasy Stories to Life! Writing fantasy stories is a fun and exciting way to really put your creative skills and imagination to the test and bring your readers into an exciting and enchanting world of your own making. Not only is writing fantasy fun, but millions of people love reading it! If your story is good enough, you might even find yourself published. Like writing any genre of fiction, fantasy writing is a craft and requires a great deal of practice and precision to get it right. Since fantasy stories are usually very unique and original, it takes an extra amount of hard work and dedication to master the art of fantasy writing. In this book, you will discover everything you need to do in order to write a successful, captivating, and well-structured fantasy story that people will love. Fantasy writing contains elements such as heroes, magic, and unique story worlds that require a great deal of thought and preparation. In this book you will learn all about the best techniques, strategies and ideas that you can utilize to successfully plan out and write a great epic fantasy story. You will also discover how to organize and write a compelling plot, dynamic characters and everything else your readers crave. Finally, you will discover how to write a killer ending that will keep your readers coming back for more. If you're looking to attract rabid fans and become a trusted author, then be sure to save yourself a lot of heartache and trouble by reading this book first! Here Is A Preview Of What You'll Discover... How to Prepare Yourself for Writing Fantasy The Most Important Story Mechanics to Include in Your Book How to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing How to Create Your Story Goal and Story Questions Ultimate Tips and Strategies for Writing Fantasy How to Fully Develop Your Fantasy World and Creatures Exciting Fantasy Story Ideas How To Develop Legendary Characters How To Writie a Killer Ending Much, much more! What are you waiting for? If you are still reading this you are obviously motivated to get all the benefits this book has to offer. Stop thinking and take ACTION. Buy It Now

The Hero Strikes Back

In a realm beset by natural disasters, only the magical abilities of the bonded Pairs—Source and Shield—make the land habitable and keep the citizenry safe.

The Hero Strikes Back

In a realm beset by natural disasters, only the magical abilities of the bonded Pairs—Source and Shield—make the land habitable and keep the citizenry safe. The ties that bind them are far beyond the relationships between lovers or kin—and last their entire lives… Whether they like it or not. The weather in the city of High Scape is off the charts. It’s snowing in the middle of summer, and the townsfolk are desperate for Shield Lee Mallorough and Source Shintaro Karish to fix it—which they can’t do. But try explaining that to an angry mob… Meanwhile, there’s a crazed killer targeting aristocrats. Karish has forfeited the Dukedom of Westsea to continue working as a Source, but Lee fears that technicality won’t matter to the murderer. It certainly doesn’t matter to Karish’s mother, who’s bound and determined that he take the title. Only by working together will Lee and Karish be able to figure out the weather, catch the killer before it’s too late, and most importantly…get rid of Karish’s mother.

Hero

For the lone drow there is only a single final quest: a search for peace, for family, for home—for the future. Hero is the third book in the Homecoming trilogy and the thirty-third book in the Legend of Drizzt series.

Hero

The saga of dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden has become a fixture in the fantasy genre, with a string of New York Times best-selling novels going back to 1988. Hero is the follow-up to Maestro and Archmage, and final book in the Homecoming trilogy. Something akin to "peace" has come to the Underdark. The demon hordes have receded, and now the matron mothers argue over the fate of Drizzt Do'Urden. Even so, it becomes clear to one matriarch after another that while the renegade drow may come and go Menzoberranzan, the City of Spiders will crawl forever on. And so Drizzt is free to return to his home on the surface once again. Scores are settled as lives are cut short, yet other lives move on. For the lone drow there is only a single final quest: a search for peace, for family, for home--for the future. Hero picks up where Maestro left off, in a sweeping climax to an epic tale.

You Are The Hero

This is a fixed format PDF eBook, with all of the same stunning, full-colour artwork as the hardback and paperback.

You Are The Hero

Fighting Fantasy gamebooks have sold over 17 million books worldwide, in over 30 languages. But when Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone sat down to write The Warlock of Firetop Mountain they had no idea this one book would go on to spawn another eighty or more titles, and have an immeasurable impact on a generation of children growing up in the 1980s. Part history, part celebration, YOU ARE THE HERO chronicles more than three decades of Fighting Fantasy. Written by Jonathan Green (author of seven Fighting Fantasy titles), this mighty tome will appeal to anyone who ever wiled away a washed-out summer holiday with only two dice, a pencil, and an eraser for company. This is a fixed format PDF eBook, with all of the same stunning, full-colour artwork as the hardback and paperback. Best viewed on a colour screen of 7" upwards, as a daily reader to keep your precious hardback safe. “YOU ARE THE HERO is as read-under-the-covers immersive as its subject matter; great characters, amazing stories and a surprise behind every door. 5 stars!" -- SCIFI Now “The most comprehensive history of the Fighting Fantasy phenomenon I've ever seen. With its maps, notes, art and photographs it's not just a celebration but a fascinating resource." -- SFX “How many thousands of heroes did these books create? And how many lost their lives with a bad roll of the dice? A publishing phenomenon, without which computer games wouldn't be what they are today. About time these books were celebrated. Now go to page 45 and face your nemesis." -- Charlie Higson

Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy

Is the quest the same for a female hero as it is for a male hero ? Increasingly the
answer is yes . Traditionally , the female hero was just a symbol of the hero ' s
success : “ getting the girl ” meant winning . But in both SF and fantasy , women '
s ...

Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy

Covers heroes, subgenres, technology, sword, and sorcery.

The Medieval Hero Series

The tale continues on with more and more colorful characters coming and going throughout the story.

The Medieval Hero Series

For thousands and thousands of years, the Ten Kingdoms of Babashalon have been battling and at war. The god Traxias has grown tired of the death and destruction. He comes to a White Wizardress named Kelly AnTanis, telling her he believes he has found a solution to the problems. He has created what he calls the Peace Stone. He commands Kelly to form a well-balanced party to take the Peace Stone to Mount Charnel in the Quawear Mountain Range in the faraway Kingdom of Quentaria to place the Peace Stone on a white marble altar in a special cavern there, and peace and tranquility will begin spreading all across the vast Ten Kingdoms. The tale continues on with more and more colorful characters coming and going throughout the story.

May The Gods Smile Upon You

May The Gods Smile Upon You 2 Year (24 Months) Weekly Planner & Daily Gratitude Diary - 110 Pages 8" x 10" This absolutely breathtaking angel warrior has his sword ready to go to strike down any enemies in his way!

May The Gods Smile Upon You

May The Gods Smile Upon You 2 Year (24 Months) Weekly Planner & Daily Gratitude Diary - 110 Pages 8" x 10" This absolutely breathtaking angel warrior has his sword ready to go to strike down any enemies in his way! Perfect for any gamers or fantasy RPG lovers who appreciate mythical fantasy heroes like this warrior! Grab this awesome angel warrior gift for anyone in your life who loves drawing fantasy characters and writing hero storylines involving celestial warriors like this one! This awesome 2020 & 2021 weekly planner is templated to give you room for planning, journaling notes, working on a to-do list & taking the time to write down your gratitudes for the day! Perfect size for a backpack or to fit in your purse! Amazing Christmas present idea for both men & women alike!

The Writer s Handbook

... fantasy , horror , and mystery . Articles , 1 , 000 words , pertaining to writing and
art in those genres . ... Stories , from 3 , 000 words , and artwork for fantasy
enthusiasts : heroic fantasy , sword & sorcery . “ No ' cute ' stories or fantasies set
in a ...

The Writer s Handbook

"Manuscript market section", ed. by U. G. Olsen, 1941-44; by E. P. Werby, 1945-

Science Fiction Writers

During this period he began submitting stories to the British magazines Science
Fiction Adventures , Science Fantasy , and New Worlds . There was rather more
heroic fantasy than science fiction in Moorcock ' s early magazine stories .

Science Fiction Writers

On science fiction authors

Conversations with Texas Writers

Howard began writing fantasy tales while still in high school , selling his first story
, called “ Spear and Fang , ” to Weird ... introduced the muscle - bound character
who would soon overshadow all his other fantasy heroes in the December 1932
 ...

Conversations with Texas Writers

Larry McMurtry declares, "Texas itself doesn't have anything to do with why I write. It never did." Horton Foote, on the other hand, says, "I've just never had a desire to write about any place else." In between those figurative bookends are hundreds of other writers--some internationally recognized, others just becoming known--who draw inspiration and often subject matter from the unique places and people that are Texas. To give everyone who is interested in Texas writing a representative sampling of the breadth and vitality of the state's current literary production, this volume features conversations with fifty of Texas's most notable established writers and emerging talents. The writers included here work in a wide variety of genres--novels, short stories, poetry, plays, screenplays, essays, nonfiction, and magazine journalism. In their conversations with interviewers from the Writers' League of Texas and other authors' organizations, the writers speak of their apprenticeships, literary influences, working habits, connections with their readers, and the domestic and public events that have shaped their writing. Accompanying the interviews are excerpts from the writers' work, as well as their photographs, biographies, and bibliographies. Joe Holley's introductory essay--an overview of Texas writing from Cabeza de Vaca's 1542 Relaci�n to the work of today's generation of writers, who are equally at home in Hollywood as in Texas--provides the necessary context to appreciate such a diverse collection of literary voices. A sampling from the book: "This land has been my subject matter. One thing that distinguishes me from the true naturalist is that I've never been able to look at land without thinking of the people who've been on it. It's fundamental to me." --John Graves "Writing is a way to keep ourselves more in touch with everything we experience. It seems the best gifts and thoughts are given to us when we pause, take a deep breath, look around, see what's there, and return to where we were, revived." --Naomi Shihab Nye "I've said this many times in print: the novel is the middle-age genre. Very few people have written really good novels when they are young, and few people have written really good novels when they are old. You just tail off, and lose a certain level of concentration. Your imaginative energy begins to lag. I feel like I'm repeating myself, and most writers do repeat themselves." --Larry McMurtry "I was a pretty poor cowhand. I grew up on the Macaraw Ranch, east of Crane, Texas. My father tried very hard to make a cowboy out of me, but in my case it never seemed to work too well. I had more of a literary bent. I loved to read, and very early on I began to write small stories, short stories, out of the things I liked to read." --Elmer Kelton

Fantasy Newsletter

... a novella about Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser , two antique - fantasy characters
invented by Harry Fischer in our letters ... 6 , not only graciously but with youthful
enthusiasm , and there followed a three - month frenzy of letter writing in which ...

Fantasy Newsletter


Empires of the Imagination

His swashbuckling prose characterizes both the writing and the movies he
inspired . Although heroic fantasy cinema did not flirt directly with its literary
antecedents until the ' 80s , earlier movies tapped the same narrative vein .
Heroic fantasy ...

Empires of the Imagination

"The work examines fantasy as a cultural force in both film and literature and explores its relation to science fiction, horror, and fairy tales. Also considered is fantasy's expression of politics. This richly illustrated work covers every aspect of fantasy film"--Provided by publisher.