The Dragon’s in the Details: Establishing Setting in a Fantasy World, Case Study #2–The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson is without question my favorite fantasy author. He excels at creating gorgeous worlds and detailed magic systems. In this article, I examine how Sanderson establishes the physical setting in his epic fantasy The Way of Kings.

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The Dragon’s in the Details: Establishing Setting in a Fantasy World (Part 1)

Over the last year, I’ve repeatedly disagreed with a critique group member about how much setting description is necessary in our novels. He favors long descriptions, while I prefer my prose more sparse. Truthfully, both are valid and will appeal to different audiences. But I also know with my own writing that my view of…

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6 Tips for How to Process Line Edits.

So, you’ve hired or begged someone to go through you book and suggest line edits, and now you have a document splattered with suggestions. What do you do? This is exactly the situation I find myself in as I get Death Warden ready for submission this month. I’ve learned a lot through the process, and…

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Writer’s Blog Roundup (June, 2018)

Here are my five favorite posts from the last month: 1 . Art’s Highest Purpose: to Complicate Our Feelings by Peter Selgin url: https://www.janefriedman.com/arts-highest-purpose/ I thought this was interesting. For me, evoking emotion is a hallmark of great writing, but I like the idea of creating a dissonance within the reader’s personal reaction. 2. How…

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A Case Study in Twist Endings: How I Met Your Mother

For nine seasons, the television show How I Met Your Mother followed Ted Mosby’s tale to his children of how he found his soul mate, their mother. In a twist ending, the finale reveals that the mother in question has in fact been dead for this whole story, and that Ted is really asking his…

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