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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.

Oct 28, 2020

In preparation for National Novel Writing Month we discuss building a basic structure for your new novel. And how to avoid using the orphan protagonist trope in fantasy fiction

Oct 21, 2020

This week the fantasy writer's podcast chats to Wisconsin based Jean Lee, author of the "Fallen Princeborn" series of young adult novels. Jean is a busy mother, so how does she find time to write? What can she tell us about magical portals?

Oct 14, 2020

Will goddess Freyja help you create new things in October? How does a storyteller write acoustically? How will acoustic writing help in the development of your novel? How does a novelist compare to a recording...

Oct 7, 2020

The staleness of the Dark Lord trope and why you should use the “banality of evil” theory to create a truly realistic antagonist for your next fantasy fiction project. Also, a handy list of dark-lord flaws and a list of traits associated with psychopaths.

Oct 1, 2020

What is a chronicle? What makes a good chronicler? How to write a chronicle and why you should be careful when choosing to write a dead chronicle. Also, what are cup and ring markings? And how are cup markings related to cosmic worlds? Visit the Badger Stone to study cup marks and think about cyclical...