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Myth and Magic

Folklore & fantasy themes aimed at creative writers: to start writing stories and challenge your brain with exciting ideas, dip into this kitbag.

Learn how fantasy worlds draw on real world history, mythology, and folklore. And there's weekly news from the world of fantasy fiction too... plus fabulous creatures, studies on folk tales, nature fables and lots more mythical, magical fun.

Jan 23, 2020

How to conjure a truly three-dimensional fantasy character for your novel. Go out on an Apple Wassail in rural England to meet The Apple Man. Investigate the Pantheon of the Roman Gods as we continue exploring the foundation of the Roman civilization. Also, who is Numa? Did he have a water nymph as a girlfriend?

Jan 15, 2020

Look at seven fantasy plot-lines and discuss the plotter approach to compare it with the pantser approach. Decide which plot you will use for your next writing project. Begin a study into classical Rome by asking: who was there before the Romans arrived? Also, consider the possibility that we still live in "Roman...

Jan 9, 2020

This special New Year edition has tips for starting your own fantasy fiction project — I provide you with thematic suggestions to get you started. What is your big idea?  Also, I look into Hogmanay, find out who Enki was and discover the ancient origins of January.