This story beautifully captured two things for me: depression and dissatisfaction with the futility of life. The main character, Quentin Coldwater, lives a lifestyle that he thinks will make him happy, but doesn’t. Drugs and sleeping around don’t bring him fulfillment, they only make him more miserable. One scene perfectly encapsulates this realization that his […]
2 words: MAGE GUNS Stranger of Tempest is an epic fantasy with a heavy dose of… modernish warfare? (due to guns). The mage-guns use element-based ammo forged by mages, who have been coerced into service by various religious military orders (think Knights Templars or other crusade-era religious armies). The protagonist, a middle-aged war veteran, is […]
Warbreaker is a wonderful stand-alone epic fantasy. There are 4 main POV’s, two sister princesses (one refined, one irreverent), a god returned from the dead, and a mysterious vagabond with a talking sword and a mysterious agenda. Brandon Sanderson does an excellent job building out his characters, who all sound unique and have their own […]
The last “just keep” you need to add to your writing habits is “just keep submitting” read more on my blog.
Write fiction where the next most LOGICAL thing happens, not always and only where the WORST thing happens.
In short, rid yourself of the mindset that you have a Creative Brain and an Analytical Brain. Create a new mindset where you have 1 brain: A well-trained, well-practiced, and highly-disciplined Creative Brain.
Is my fantasy European? Should I base it on another culture? My advice: Create new cultures from scratch.