Bring Your Fantasy Stories to Life!
Writing fantasy stories is a fun and exciting way to really put your creative skills and imagination to the test and bring your readers into an exciting and enchanting world of your own making. Not only is writing fantasy fun, but millions of people love reading it! If your story is good enough, you might even find yourself published. Like writing any genre of fiction, fantasy writing is a craft and requires a great deal of practice and precision to get it right. Since fantasy stories are usually very unique and original, it takes an extra amount of hard work and dedication to master the art of fantasy writing.
In this book, you will discover everything you need to do in order to write a successful, captivating, and well-structured fantasy story that people will love. Fantasy writing contains elements such as heroes, magic, and unique story worlds that require a great deal of thought and preparation. In this book, you will learn all about the best techniques, strategies and ideas that you can utilize to successfully plan out and write a great epic fantasy story. You will also discover how to organize and write a compelling plot, dynamic characters, and everything else your audiences crave. Finally, you will discover how to write a killer ending that will keep your fans coming back for more.
If you're looking to attract rabid fans and become a trusted author, then be sure to save yourself a lot of heartache and trouble by consulting this book first!
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How to Prepare Yourself for Writing Fantasy
The Most Important Story Mechanics to Include in Your Book
How to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing
How to Create Your Story Goal and Story Questions
Ultimate Tips and Strategies for Writing Fantasy
How to Fully Develop Your Fantasy World and Creatures
Much, Much More!
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Probably someone with low standards. It might be a prime example of a "how not to write a how to book" so there is something informative to be had here.
In something else. Maybe anything else.
In a way, he does sound like if reading an infomercial. I'm wary of holding him responsible for the terrible content he had to give voice to.
Aversion for the most part. Add a bit of contempt for the lack of true, worthy content. Add a speckle of disgust for the trite examples and the woefully wrong pieces of advice such as "Deus-Ex machina is totally A-O.K. in fantasy settings".
Let me preface this by the fact that this is well... not as terrible an event as I might make it sound. Mostly, it's wasted money and time. Not that much time, but wasted it was.
Now, it wasn't so much money wasted. Neither too much time, clocking at a short length. What boggles the mind is how with such very little, precious time to craft some useful advice, the author decides to blather on about setting up aromatic doodads, relaxing with tea, and setting up music. It is no small wonder he has the time to write anything at all. Around the 1/4th mark of the whole turgid thing, he actually gets onto the topic.
And oh man, that's where it gets mediocre at best. The good advice I've heard before (and never anything really excellent as the writer has not the most keen of insights) and the terrible advice really does its best to set you astray on your writing career. Terrible in every possible way.
If you'd like some better writing knowledge for your time: Try anything by the great courses. Or better yet! Want quality sans cost? Podcasts like "Writing excuses" and "Helping authors become writers" deliver useful, solid, and quality advice at a regular pace and they do take so much less time than this unbelievable heap of mediocrity.
So yeah, not that much harm done and I won't be returning it. But by the good Lord is it terrible.
I was really interested learning something about writing fantasy stories: what are the specialities, and what are the elements that differentiate fantasy form other genre. The length seemed to be right to cover this subject.
I have to say I'm dissatisfied. Maybe quarter of the book covers writing advice that directly related to fantasy, and half of that is common knowledge, or you just learn it while reading fantasy books.
The rest was general writing advice and common task management knowledge related to writing in general. I found myself repeatedly tapping the +30 second icon (I was listening to the audio version) or jumping to the next chapter.
The book is not total waste of time, it gives sound advice for wannabe writers who just start to learn about the craft (hence the three stars). But it should be clearly mentioned in the summary that this book is about writing in general with some aspects of fantasy writing added.
The narrator did a good job.
I have been training to be a great writer for many years, taking courses and reading books with tips and hints on how to do it better. I recommend this book as one of those that has been well-researched for the best strategies that can be found in this particular genre. Writing fantasy isn't as easy as it sounds. Even though you can have almost anything happen, it has to fit, it has to make sense or there won't be any cohesion to the story and the brain will become confused. Readers don't want to be confused. They want to be transported to a fantasyworld they never could have imagined on their own. Fantasy is an excellent creative genre. I would get this book if you are considering boosting your fantasy writing skills.
This audio book has tips and tricks to help you become a more productive fantasy writer. This book isn't just about the fantasy style of writting because there are tools and software recommendations that are useful for any type of writting. There are structure suggestions that will make you a more disciplined and focused writter. Really good information!
I loved this book and can now make better fantasy stories after listening through it. The book goes into great detail on how and what to include in your fantasy book. Well the next one that you start to write anyway. Or make improvements to older books you have already written!
Among the top definitely. There is a lot of information in this book that can help you as a writer craft more detailed and engaging works.
There are no characters.
Yes, this one is on par with all other performances I've heard by Joshua.
"Fantasy: the realm of ideas."
This book is really helpful to writers who need help exploring deeper creativity and ideas in order to create fuller stories in their writings. If you are a fantasy writer who loves to capture the wildest ideas imagination could possibly bring you I would highly suggest giving this book a read to see all of the great tips and advice inside.
I was blown away by the amount of information presented in this book. From practical hints about your writing space and limiting distractions, to describing suspension of belief and developing the story line and characters, this book has it all. It would be a valuable resource not only for someone who wants to be a fantasy writer, but also for anyone who wants to be a writer period. The author does not promise the moon but instead describes the hard core set of skills needed to succeed. Considering the age that we live in, I was also glad to hear the author talked about some tech resources that can be used to the actual process of writing. Other genre specific items that are covered include: being able to get your audience to suspend belief, coming up with interesting and sometimes new terminology to describe things, and thinking up names for your often unbelievable characters. Before reading this book I might have wondered if I was brave enough to give it a try. Now I think . . . why not?
I think this book tops among the audiobooks that I have heard in the past. This guide has helped me with my writing and is one of the best among others I have followed.
The step by step practical advice.
Yes! I believe this one is very similar to others, but as always, it was great.
What I loved most was the information in the book. It has everything one will need when writing a fantasy book step by step. Its also easy to follow as it is straightforward so anyone can actually listen to the book.
Fantasy framework will be my memorable moment because its what I will use when writing my fantasy book. You have to outline step by step what you will write in your book.This framework is like a road map that ensures consistency in your writing.
Joshua is always fluent when reading and keeps you engaged throughout the book. He puts emphasis in the most important points which helps you understand the book better.
Yes it was. It has a lot of useful information.
With this book by Blaine Hart I can now actualize my dream to write fantasy books. I will use the information therein as my guidelines in writing my book. I would recommend this book to anyone.Become knowledgeable!
"Write fantasy stories – tips and techniques"
I especially liked the author’s ideas on how to create a plot twist and reflect your theme in the ending. There is great advice to be followed such as the way to grow your protagonist while they become a better person.
I have enjoyed listening to the Writing Fantasy book by Blaine Hart. Writing fantasy books can be very exciting but challenging as well and this book offers great tips and advice. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to become an author. The book not only offers tips on writing fantasy books but it gives valuable advice on general writing as well. You can find useful tips on how to prepare your book, fantasy elements usually used in this genre and techniques on writing fantasy stories.
''Keep your details consistent and make your story too'' was a great advice!
"Good insight into the fantasy genre"
I have always enjoyed writing but fantasy is a genre I’m not particularly familiar with and so I was interested to see what helpful suggestions this guide would have. It is very helpful in giving an overall insight into the genre, how to develop a meaningful plotline, interesting and relatable characters and a killer conclusion. It is particularly useful for beginners like me that know very little about the fantasy world as it talks through a number of common creature types and how us them in your story. Interesting guide!
"Was I listening to a different book?"
I'm astonished by some of the reviews of this audio book. I made the mistake of buying this book on the basis of those reviews. I should have looked at the author's fantasy output before deciding whether he/she had the credibility and track record to be providing advice to others. Looking at Hart's books on Amazon, I find the reviews suspect - the mainly 5-star ratings in stark contrast with reviews of the same books on Goodreads (generally 2 star). Frankly, I think an author who doesn't know the difference between "its" and"it's" or whose hero is expect to "bare" pain rather than "bear" it, should focus on his/her own craft before advising others.
This audio book follows a similar vein. The advice is mainly generic, and could easily have been ripped out of any "write a novel" guide. I got bored an hour in and decided I had better things to do with my time than listen to the rest. "The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction" by Philip Athans is much better.
On the other hand, if your ambitions are limited to writing 50 page "epic" fantasies with amateur covers and copious spelling mistakes/word misuses/grammatical errors/cliches etc then be my guest.
solid advice in here for an aspirational author. some extraneous stuff too though at the start. also the voice actor got on my nerves at first but he grew on me after I realised he sounds like the voice of a video game tutorial, except he was giving me tips on how to write. some advice like how to organise your workspace is pointless but apart from that it gives good advice for any aspiring author in an easily digestible manner.
"Definitely worth reading, especially if you write"
Blaine Hart; His depth of knowledge and insight are on display on every page of this book. Though a lot of the advice is foundational and suitable for beginners, as an intermediate writer I found plenty to learn. Occasionally, it feels like a collection of thoughts around a theme rather than an argument that flows throughout a section, but each portion contains valuable gems.
"Writing fantasy - valuable academic book"
‘Writing Fantasy’ by Blaine Hart is a very useful guide how for creative writing fantasy. ‘Writing fantasy’ can be used as an academic book, that has a very professional advice for your writing fantasy genre. Hart's book shows you how to organize your writing process, how to manage your time during writing, how to set up scenery, times of action and choose twist plot and surprise ending to attract reader. Also describe how to choose theme, protagonist and antagonist. ‘Writing fantasy’ is full off example of different characters and magical elements like witches, dragons, elves, ghost and spirits, aliens, magical power, swords, dungeons, apocalypse and much more. ‘Writing fantasy’ show how very reach traditions of mythology, Bible and most popular fantasy authors build up the fantasy genre and give all writers clue how to keep this tradition. Hart explains what is the best techniques of writing fantasy like: show don’t tell that focused on emotional, live expressions that create certain atmosphere.
"Just What I Needed to Start Writing Fantasy Books!"
This book has given me so much information about how to start writing fantasy books that it has inspired me to write one (or maybe a few)! I used to think that fiction writing is hard and impossible as you need to extensively use your imagination in order to come up with something interesting which is something I am not good at. I never knew that this book is all I needed to kickstart my journey to being an author!
This book contains a lot a of tips and strategies to give you a good start such as how to be a successful writer, how to create the basics of a fantasy story, picking your sub-genre, deciding on a theme, the story goal, and many more!
If you are thinking of writing fantasy books, then this book is definitely for you!
"Perfect For Those Interested in Writing Fantasy"
I really enjoyed how clear and concise the information was in this book as it delved deep into the heart of how to be better at writing fantasy, making it seem like something that's within my grasp. I've always dreamed of being an author and this book was perfect for laying the groundwork and getting me moving in the right direction. The book also gave some helpful tips on writing in general which are incredibly useful for everyday life.
The voice performance was engaging and I would not hesitate to recommend this book to anyone.
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