Questions to Ask When Creating Magical Worlds
I am a total lover of fantasy. There are so many takes on it, from the more hard-core, almost 'traditional' fantasy, to the weird and wo...
12 Horrifying, Unbelievable Sea Creatures to Use in Your Writing
I'm currently in the middle of writing an underwater sci-fi story and wow. I've turned up some pretty interesting things during my research. And by "interesting" I mostly mean weird and kind of horrifying. So who wants to learn about some bizarre/scary ocean creatures? You can use them in any of your water-based stories. Or even slap some legs/wings onto them and put them in a land or sky-based story. Warning: This post does have pictures and some of these things do look legitimately creepy…
10 Writing Resources: Fantasy - Alyssa Hollingsworth
These ten resources will help you maximize your fantasy story's effectiveness. From worldbuilding to info dump, here's what you should and shouldn't do.
15 Borderline Genius Things about Creating Cultures in Fiction You Need to Know Now | Help Me, Naomi
Creating cultures in fiction is an essential part of world-building. Done well, and your world (and the characters living there) will come to life.
How to Design a Fictional Species
TweetPin6EmailShare So you want to make a fictional species. Maybe you want something unique to spice up your fantasy world. Maybe you don’t want to play by the books in... Read more »
Avoid these 4 Common Fantasy Writing Mistakes | Now Novel
Learning how to start a fantasy story imaginatively will help you pull readers into a magical world they want to get lost in. Learn more.
Fantasy World Building: How to World Build for Your Fantasy Novel
Fantasy world building can be the most fun and the most difficult to get through. We've got top tips for making it easy & world building you can't forget.
World Building: Creating Fantasy Creatures and Animals
You can writen fantasy creatues like dragons and unicorns. But, if you want to create you own fantasy creatues, this guide is for you.
Time Traveler Essentials Shirt
This shirt has how-to information on all of the low-hanging fruit of our modern age. Go back in time wearing this and you'll invent heavier-than-air flight! YOU'LL discover penicillin. YOU'LL be the first to isolate aluminum. Did you know aluminum used to be more valuable than gold? YOU'RE GONNA BE RICH. SPECIAL BONUS FEATURE: this shirt also doubles as an "holy cow if this shirt somehow got sent back in time EVERYTHING WOULD BE CHANGED" item. This one garment - YOUR SHIRT - can/definitely…
We Are All Sci-Fi Writers: Making Use of Time Travel in Writing - Helping Writers Become Authors
All writers--not just speculative fiction writers--use time travel in writing, and they use it constantly.
Witchcraft Glossary Altar An altar (not alter!) is a place where you perform rituals. It normally has the tools of the trade on it, like knives, wands or candlesticks. Think of the altar in a churc…
5 Fantasy Research Tips & Resources
5 Fantasy Research Tips & ResourcesBuilding a fantasy world is frankly one of the best parts of writing, if you ask me. You get to pull together all this eccentric stuff like Cornish mythology and...
How to Explain Technology and Magic in Speculative Fiction without Dragging the Story
One of the biggest challenges with writing speculative fiction is clarifying how your story’s magic and/or technology works. Once you’ve accomplished the monumental task of developing those systems…
10 Little-Known Weapons to Use in Your Speculative Fiction Stories
I'm not even going to bother writing an introduction for this post. Read the title and you'll know what it's about. I don't want to waste ...