On Writing


When I think about the term ‘Noblebright Fantasy’, I tend to imagine knight-in-shining-armour type characters. Think Brienne from Game of Thrones – who, for myself at least, was one of the dreariest POV characters in the books. I found her constant preaching about nobility boring and out of place with […]

My Favourite Character in Fantasy


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When I wrote the first post about noblebright fantasy, I got a comment from author L. Jagi Lamplighter (isn’t that a wonderful name?!) about the superversive literary movement. I’ll post more about that later, but I thought I’d start with this lovely essay about why she writes fantasy (reprinted with […]

Why I Write Fantasy: All About the Wonder


Tension. It’s that thing that all stories need to have to propel the reader forward. Without it, you have dullness. Drabness. Blahhhhh. But what most people don’t realize until they think about it is that there are two kinds of story tension, and they’re not all that similar. In fact, […]

Anticipation Versus Dread: The Two Types of Story Tension