Ten-step Fictional Empire-builders’ Checklist

Fictional Empire-builders' Checklist; Rome Italy Roma - Creative Commons by gnuckx (3208740782)What goes onto our fictional empire-builders’ checklist? This is where essential world-building for culture and setting begins.

In the current fantasy-fiction challenge, our protagonist is in revolt against the Evil Empire de Jour.  With inspiration from the Mythcreants blog, here’s a ten-step questionnaire for creating detailed and credible Imperial powers.

Fantasy Genre Tropes We Love and Hate

Fantasy tropes we love and hateI’ve been challenged to write an epic fantasy genre story, so I’m reading a lot of current fantasy fiction. It varies from ‘meh’ to ‘aarrrgghh!’ not only for the quality of the writing, but the vast number of fantasy genre tropes we love and hate.

A trope is any type of figure of speech, theme, image, character, or plot element that is used many times. All genres have them, but the fantasy genre is piled higher than Khazad Dum (too geeky already?).

Unreal Reality in Fiction

Unreal Reality in FictionEver considered the unreal reality in fiction? Fiction isn’t reality. Contemporary stories and fantasy stories exist in different planes of reality but there’s a lot of gray areas. Philosophers and scientists debate the very nature of reality all the time. What is ‘real?’ …