The Fantasy Writer's Companion
Dragon Moon, October, 2004.
Paperback, 280 pages.
The Fantasy Writer's Companion is a terrific book for aspiring fantasy authors. It provides information about world-building using Asian cultures and Arthurian legends. There are chapters about incorporating elements from other genres into the fantasy: horror, romance and mystery elements can be folded into the fantasy short story or novel. A chapter on writing fantasy for young readers is also provided. The Fantasy Writer's Companion is a sequel to The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy (published in 2003), which is another wonderful book for fantasy writers. The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy includes information about building fantasy worlds and all the elements of those worlds: magic, weapons, medieval life, mythology, religion and combat. In both of these books, the chapters are detailed and practical. They are written by established and respected fantasy authors. Together, these two books will help jump start any aspiring fantasy writer's career. With all the excellent ideas for creating exciting stories set in original fantasy worlds populated with unique characters and creatures, all the writer has to provide is the hard work of writing. Highly recommended.
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This review was published in the January-February, 2005 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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