“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”~Roald Dahl British novelist, short-story writer, poet, screenwriter, and wartime fighter pilot Roald Dahl was born on this day in 1916.
“Enjoy a ‘world’ where the fantastic is fact and magic really works!”~Gary Gygax American game designer and author best known for co-creating the pioneering role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D [with Dave Arneson]) Gary Gygax was born on this day in 1938.
If you are writing fantasy, chances are your story has magic. A few of the questions that arise should include: What kind of world are you building? Does your world have magic? What kind of magic is available? Is the environment permeated in magical energy? Or does the magic only work under certain conditions? Does … Continue reading DIY MFA: The Limits of Magic
As a fantasy writer, how do you unfold your world in a way that is interesting and makes sense to the reader? Some writers fold elements of their worldbuilding into the action and setting as the protagonist moves through their environment. Others describe the surroundings, then launch the action, not always explaining how some elements … Continue reading DIY MFA: Imagining a Magical World