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The Writer s Complete Fantasy Reference An Indispensable Compendium of Myth and Magic Fantasy writing must be grounded in both truth and life experience if it is to work It can be as inventive and creative as the writer can make it a whirlwind of images and plot twists but it cannot

  • Title: The Writer's Complete Fantasy Reference: An Indispensable Compendium of Myth and Magic
  • Author: David H. Borcherding Terry Brooks Daniel A. Clark Sherrilyn Kenyon Allan Maurer P. Andrew Miller Michael J. Varbola Renee Wright
  • ISBN: 9781582970264
  • Page: 164
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Writer's Complete Fantasy Reference: An Indispensable Compendium of Myth and Magic By David H. Borcherding Terry Brooks Daniel A. Clark Sherrilyn Kenyon Allan Maurer P. Andrew Miller Michael J. Varbola Renee Wright, Fantasy writing must be grounded in both truth and life experience if it is to work It can be as inventive and creative as the writer can make it, a whirlwind of images and plot twists, but it cannot be built on a foundation of air The world must be identifiable with our own, must offer us a frame of reference we can recognize Terry BrooksThis is your complete guide toFantasy writing must be grounded in both truth and life experience if it is to work It can be as inventive and creative as the writer can make it, a whirlwind of images and plot twists, but it cannot be built on a foundation of air The world must be identifiable with our own, must offer us a frame of reference we can recognize Terry BrooksThis is your complete guide to the realm of the fantastic Whether you write science fiction, fantasy, horror, romance or historical fiction, here you ll find the factual information you need to construct a fantasy world full of wonder, imagination and spellbinding detail.From fabled creatures to occult religions, every page of this intriguing guide reveals the hidden realities of all things mystical, mythical and supernatural.Featuring charts, lists, illustrations and timelines, each chapter focuses on a different facet of fantasy, including Pagan orders, secret societies, witchcraft and the rites and rituals of magic Detailed profiles of fantastic societies and ancient civilizations, from the Incas and Aztecs to Egypt and the Far East Medieval trades, occupations, laws and punishments Dragons, naiads, kelpies and other creatures of myth and fantasy Legendary races, including elves, dwarfs, giants and A comprehensive look at the anatomy of a castle, describing the forms and functions of everything from barbicans to trebuchetsThis guide also goes well beyond standard reference books, offering sound advice on the writing styles and structures of this complex genre, with important tips on how to weave the elements of fact and fantasy into an absorbing narrative.Fascinating and authoritative, The Writer s Complete Fantasy Reference is the resource you need to create fiction that is compelling, fresh and wildly fantastic.

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    1. Not wide enough to be a general overview, not detailed enough to help with the minutiae and disorganised in its layout There s some useful stuff in here but ultimately it s a disappointment.

    2. This is an outdated title that sells on brand recognition, if my experience is common I bought it because of the Writer s Digest brand, but better info can be had online A set of Dungeon s and Dragon s books might teach you For the 18 price you could get about six used TSR books like a DMG, PHB, and several MM s or you could go on RPGnow and buy PDF books specific to your needs 4 or less each.What it does go into, it doesn t go far enough I needed to know about horses than what was here, so I [...]

    3. The Writers Complete Fantasy ReferenceThe title of this book makes a bold statement can this truly be the definitive reference book for fantasy writers I have my reservations This book is a mere 262 pages long, I find it impossible to claim a book of this length to be the complete reference guide for fantasy writers.The Fantasy Reference guide can be a good tool at times but it could also be so much , perhaps this book should have been released in separate volumes, this being volume 1 If this we [...]

    4. There certainly is a ton of information in this book, and I especially plan on making use of some of the historical information in creating my own graphic novel But I will admit that some of it, especially the sections on Magic and Pagan Traditions, came across as rather jumbled An avalanche of information on various traditions, paths, and beliefs, little snippets of data that often didn t make much sense from section to section or even sentence to sentence Teaching someone about paganism like t [...]

    5. I think I went into this expecting and came out disappointed This really doesn t help writers of fantasy write it gives of a history of cultures which is interesting but not enough details to make it all work Basically it is a bunch of fantasy writers got together and did 3 to 4 pages of culture information that anyone who knew how to work a library could do on their own.I did like that it was a jumping off point but that was all I would only suggest this to authors who need bare facts to star [...]

    6. Uneven and confined entirely to high fantasy, but, within its limits, it s not without its useful points It does provide a decent overview of fantasy standards and stereotypes, and it offers some good foundational info about historical archetypes and inspiration for drawing from little used cultures.

    7. Neither broad nor detailed enough to be truly useful unless you ve never read a resource like this before.

    8. Not much good unless you re doing generic sword and sorcery It s a how to bluff your way around the pseudo middle ages book I have now given it away as I don t think I ll use it.

    9. This book would be invaluable to anyone writing in the fantasy genre It s not necessarily a fun or entertaining read, as it reads like a textbook, yet the amount of information it covers is astounding A non fiction reference guide at it s core, The Writer s Complete Fantasy Reference is filled with topics ranging from ancient to medieval cultures and their warfare tactics, myths and legends, politics, wardrobe, and commerce Cultural history provides lots of inspiration to draw from One of a fant [...]

    10. Mostly full of historical information about medieval Europe, with a few factoids about other cultures thrown in Very superficial coverage with a lot of technical detail about weapons and castles I was able to glean some useful information from it, but I guess I was hoping for something inclusive of all the fantasy genre.

    11. Here s some perspective I ve never read a book on creating fantasy worlds before, I ve never attempted to create my own, and the ideas I ve had on creating my own fantasy world have been incoherent at best So if you re a complete newbie to worldbuilding like I am, you might find The Writer s Complete Fantasy Reference a thought provoking and useful introduction to the topic I m using this book to lay a rough outline for a fantasy world.The book contains brief introductions to traditional fantasy [...]

    12. A dry presentation of basic Medieval European concepts and objects, without much fantasy , and without any tips about how to put the pieces on the board i.e tips for world building, for creating a culture It describes medieval society, ranks, trades, arms, clothing, and so on you already know about most of these if you paid attention in History classes, or read a couple of historical novels if you did not, a short Google search can set you straight Even the chapters about magic talk only about m [...]

    13. This has been a great source of inspiration when world building during the writing process of my epic fantasy novel Unfortunately, the information was not as detailed as I would have preferred However, since I am not well versed in this genre, I ve found it indispensable when I run into a problem and needing to identify a generic term The book included chapters on Medieval Life, fashion, castles and religious rites and beliefs A female centered Goddess religion plays an important role in my piec [...]

    14. I can understand why so many people disliked this book, but personally I ve actually found it really helpful It s not hugely detailed, and there probably is a lot missing, but it s useful for things like language and terminology, especially for things like clothing and buildings It s also got decent lists of various fantastical creatures It s main focus does seem to be high fantasy, but there s a lot of useful stuff in here for most forms of fantasy based fiction Yes, it s basic, but it s a dece [...]

    15. I keep seeing the same complaint in many of the other reviews for this book its too narrow or broad, depending on your perspective , the information is too basic and or unoriginal, etcetera But this is a reference book, and, in my opinion, a pretty good one You don t have to write cookie cutter fantasy to utilize this material, but you do have to have your own creative foundation for your actual story If you are looking for someone else to give you original ideas to create a plot from, I agree t [...]

    16. A decent source of information on both historical medieval societies and popular fantasy tropes The most useful parts, in my opinion, are the diagrams labeling the different pieces or armor and parts of a castle, as well as extensive vocabulary of siege weapons and society classes of those times.The cover of this book highlights an introduction by Terry Brooks, which, while this is true, is incredibly disappointing The entire introduction is three pages long, and can be summed up in the followin [...]

    17. This is a book for those who wish to start writing a fantasy set in a medieval type world and don t know where to start This book gives you the basics and where to start It is very broad but I believe it s meant to be As I said before, it s a starting point From there you decide what you should research further, depending on your story It also gives you lists to uses as a reference from medieval terms, to monsters, different fantasy races etc Over all it was a good read

    18. Did not care for this book at all, please, do REAL research if you want to write about these subjects, or just some research Any art history book of ancient art is informative and inspirational and WAY accurate on almost all these subjects This made me feel I was reading a crib sheet put together from what looks like other skimpy crib sheets I really felt the author s did not know the subjects at all.

    19. I didn t find this as helpful as I expected I ve found other Writers Digest guides much helpful for writing, and other non Writers guides eg, nonfiction magic and mythology books much helpful for finding fantastic inspiration This one felt like there were some interesting essays, but overall it didn t get me charged up to go write fantasy.

    20. This had a good overview of not just patterns of how to construct a fantasy world, but also a basic overview of several cultures and many of the common fantasy trappings such as jobs, clothing, etc that you might find yourself inclined to using.

    21. Again, writers should stick to their genre instead of reading craft books but this is a good generic refernce for the fantasy writer that gives general outlines on society breakdowns, jobs, clothing, etc.

    22. A decent starting place for those who need help with basic stuff in fantasy writing The book is, as its title states, a reference book, and so it goes over the fundamentals of various mythologies, medieval economic systems, armor, and medieval terminology.

    23. The book is very useful if you re writing something set in the pseudo medieval world that s prevalent in the fantasy genre Beyond that, though, the book is extremely limited as it touches only briefly on a few other world cultures a writer can draw on for inspiration.

    24. There are some good descriptions and outlines of fantasy It s a great starter, you can see what has been traditionally done, and decide how you want your book to be different If you are a fantasy writer and find it at a used bookstore, I would pick it up.

    25. A comprehensive guide to all things fantasy I like the way sections are organized, very easy to navigate and lots of information A book I wish I would ve discovered sooner Five stars.

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