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  2. Actually, I did some further research. Heroic fantasy fit the bill best.
  3. Character wise, their are several associated with water-rivers in particular-and at least one directly with fire etc. Weapons wise, there's a trident for starters. I dont know, but I assume the originals were bronze or iron. Otherwise, there's a sword of light and a spear that literally bursts into flame etc.
  4. One way to approach this is to consider what age group you are drawn to in life? Where do find yourself ministering (or offering advice and encouragement) easily? Another option would be to look at your manuscript and ask what age group would best relate with it. Or do a Google search for finding your target reader - there are plenty of good websites with things to think of and questions to ask in this arena
  5. Could you provide a little more detail on this? My science-tutor brain immediately kicked into gear and had me thinking metals etc. similar to what Brandon Sanderson does with Mistborn. And now I'm battling to get my brain off that train of thought
  6. I can definitely see this sort of idea for one of the characters. Thanks! Unfortunately, the rest may not be so easily reimagined. One character is very closely associated with fire, and another with rivers.
  7. I don't think there's necessarily anything wrong with using that trope - it's just how you present it. You may want to consider avoiding the word "elemental" when describing these powers and find something similar. Instead of a fire power (where an elf might blast a fireball or lava at someone) maybe call it "cleansing" i.e. like how a fire can clean away germs - a power that is incredibly potent and dangerous if misused - just like fire. Maybe it causes the elf's hands to glow red, and those that feel it, endure a burning sensation etc. Just a thought.
  8. Ok so next question. My novel is based on an old myth with a race of powerful "elf-like" beings. These beings have limited powers including illusion etc. Anyway, to the point. I was trying to avoid the elemental powers trope. I feel like it's nauseatingly overused. After a little more digging into the myth itself, I found that their powers, and even a few weapons, are rooted in the elements. So, I've been wracking my poor brain to find a new way to re-introduce an old trope that won't have the reader thinking Elementals again? How original...😒. But have come up blank so far. Any thoughts to help me jumpstart my processing on this would be most appreciated!
  9. Well, my aim is certainly more than plot and characters. I'm trying to convey the destructiveness of jealousy and what true love actually looks like -romantic and agape-versus the current/historical trend of pushing sex and emotional highs. Just hoping I can do it well. Any advice you, or others, can provide is most welcome!
  10. Word count matters when they budget for your book. I know that for a fact. Word selection also. I'm pretty sure that YA audiences aren't going to be running to a dictionary for a page filled with large words. That'll probably be a turnoff. That being said, my wife works in the library in an elementary school. She's telling me that fifth-graders are all into Lord of the Rings in her schools. It's the latest fad. So, that should say something. I know that when I was a kid, if there was a takeaway from any book I read, it was a book that said "something." I think that's why A Catcher in the Rye was (is?) so popular with disaffected youth. It addressed the uncertainty of the future, and the desire for a simpler life. I think, above all things, a message that aligns with the reader is more important than the character and the journey he or she takes. Because, deep inside every kid, there is always an eye on what is to come, and the uncertainty of what the future holds.
  11. Hm Never thought of that, though I should have. Thanks!
  12. I guess I do it backwards. I write the story I believe the Lord wants me to write. When I'm done I ask Him to show me the audience. He does all my marketing anyway. Like I said, that's a bit backwards I guess.
  13. Hi there! Hoping to get some opinions. I'm trying to decide what the target audience should be for my book, something I really didn't consider before I started writing. I also didn't know how important word count would be depending on the target audience. It's a classical fantasy, but also with a real world historical setting--main character enters portal to another world trope. I was thinking I would shoot for the middle ground between YA and A (forgot what it was called). Any tips? What should I consider when choosing a target audience? Thanks!
  14. OK. He starts at 12 in book one. She starts at the same age as he is, 5-6 years later. But it doesn't really matter.
  15. Not necessarily. They would have to be younger for that.
  16. Of course, it just occurred to me that the two lead characters are barely 21 winters old. So, I guess it's a YA Fantasy. That solves that. Huh?!
  17. Yea, I actually wrote a lot of the back story. I would call it spirit-filled fantasy but that might freak out too many going in. So, I guess I just call it fantasy then?
  18. If it has a medieval feel, then it is "classic" fantasy. If it has steam engines somewhere: steampunk. I'm still at a loss for a simplistic definition of "urban" fantasy aside from vampires that glisten in the sunlight, and a love triangle between a Mary Sue, a handsome, glittery vampire, and an equally hunky werewolf. Then there's dark fantasy, that usually involves lots of bodily fluids, constant swearing, and a bunch of amoral rationalizing. I personally like fantasy as a genera as it is a blank canvas you can literally pour anything onto. But it requires a lot of background work that generally goes unwritten because...well...it's ancillary backstory.
  19. My new series is hard to name. I see it as an urban fantasy, but it's a completely invented world with unique measurements, weights, currency, and calendar/time. It generally has a medieval feel, but there's some technology. There's one dragon, but nothing else fantastic. There's some nasty demonic stuff, but nothing Hollywierd. The Lord does the normal miraculous things He's known for in spirit-filled circles, plus one type of thing that's never been done that I know of. http://radiqx.com/2013/06/ferellon-gazetteer/ give you a feel for these things. But what genre do I use? For me, it's a fantasy. But I don't know if readers will find what they expect. And I don't know if the best readers will be attracted.
  20. That's almost exactly how I make my stories! A picture of characters (normally two) with a fantasy world in the background.
  21. Rasman, thanks for the comments. I wasn't completely clear in that the characters in each case of the dungeons are different, so your "recall" comment doesn't quite apply. But, it turns out they do get out in a very different way, so I did have fun with that.
  22. I agree with Zee on this and can only add that sometimes it's even advisable to simply start your story outside the fantasy world and have your protagonist lead your readers into it as they discover the world for themselves - i did this with my own story and I've seen it done really successfully in other authors' work - C.S. Lewis - Narnia did it, so did Stephen King's in "The Talisman."
  23. Dungeons can vary greatly from region to region - and of course the experiences your protagonist goes through in each can be vastly different as well. In the second dungeon you can even have her recall the challenges of her first dungeon delve, and then completely subvert her expectations in this new setting. Have fun with it.

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