Writing and Fantasy

  • The Spine of the Story

    February 20, 2020 by

    For me, one of the key concepts of writing is the spine of the story: what the story is about, or the theme, if you’re an English major. William Goldman the author of The Princess Bride, named the concept in Adventures in the Screen Trade and Which Lie Did I Tell? He was referring to… Read more

  • Defeat the Bad Guys: Portraying Colonization in Fiction

    February 17, 2020 by

    A group of scrappy rebels from an underdog nation bravely fighting back against their oppressors is a staple of fantasy and science fiction, to such an extent that in some cases, our views on colonialism and imperialism are shaped more by what we’ve seen in fiction than what we’ve experienced in real life. Let’s face… Read more

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