Category Archives: Writing fantasy

Types of research material for the fiction writer

Copyright © 2013 Jerry Dunne This post briefly describes the main types of research material available to the creative writer with some pros and cons offered on each type. What are primary and secondary sources? These terms are common to … Continue reading

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Research and the fiction writer

Copyright © 2013 Jerry Dunne This post looks at why the fiction writer benefits from research, the best way of handling research, and ends on a warning of how researched material may easily drown rather than enhance the story. Why … Continue reading

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Part 2: Why the study of history is relevant for the fantasy writer: creating a blueprint from the historical drama.

Copyright © 2012 Jerry Dunne This is a follow on from the post Why the study of history is relevant for the fantasy writer. It should not be read before that one. Below is a very brief account of a … Continue reading

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Part 1: Why the study of history is relevant for the fantasy writer

Copyright © 2012 Jerry Dunne The past is a strange land Over the last five hundred years, we have had social, cultural and economic changes on a large and continuous scale in the western world, spurred on by massive and … Continue reading

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Tolkien’s the Hobbit shows what is meant by original genre fiction.

Copyright © 2012 Jerry Dunne Derivative fiction is fiction that in content and style reads very similar to other such types of stories. Nothing about it really sticks out. An original story will have something that makes it different, even … Continue reading

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How to develop an original fantasy idea

Copyright © 2012 Jerry Dunne In this post, I show you how I developed an original fantasy idea for novels for the middle child reader, though the techniques work just as well for fantasy aimed at older readers.  Because of … Continue reading

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