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Great Writers – A Deeper Look

There is a certain formula to writing a book—anyone can do it, right?  Start with a solid plot, mix in a tortured hero, a few despicable villains, a side kick or two for comic relief, and don’t forget the expendable “red shirts” for when you need to knock someone off. The technical aspects have to be there too, of course.  Some basic command of grammar, punctuation, and spelling are necessary so that you don’t drive your editor to drink.  It all sounds pretty simple.  Follow the formula, and out comes a marketable product.

There are plenty of writers who make a decent living that way, churning out hundreds of books that are entertaining, if relatively predictable.  But what about the truly great writers?  They don’t have to be famous, either.  I’m talking about the ones whose books haunt your memory for years after you’ve closed the back cover and moved on.  What makes their work so unique, and impossible to replicate?

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Go Weird or Go Home

Fantasy literature provides a platform for the writer to do anything. Anything at all. The writer starts with the core of reality and builds. This core of reality is like an eternal—internal—spring and from its flowing waters, the writer can grow anything. And yet, so much fantasy looks like so much other fantasy. Whyyy?

Embrace the wide open openness of the genre. A writer has the power of world building, lore and legend, magic, and creatures galore. You can alter time and space, step into alternate dimensions, and challenge universal laws. You are beholden only to that which you yourself create. Go big. Dream weird. Be original.

Joshua Robertson

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Inspiration for works of fantasy can come from many sources, and each author has their own. Author Joshua Robertson draws on the mythology of his Slavic ancestry, while Renee Scattergood uses shamanism as a source of magic for her book series.

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