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How Do Authors Create Suspense in Writing?

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How to Write Nail-Biting Suspense in Fiction A reader has asked, “How do authors create suspense in writing? What’s the key to nail-biting tension in fiction?” I spent a long time asking myself the same thing. I also spent far too much time barking up all the wrong trees…

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How to Write Without Approval: Reasons to Keep Writing When it’s Tough

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  The Need For Approval For many of us, the quest for approval is one of the reasons to keep writing. I imagine once you’ve a horde of adoring fans hanging on your every word, and swathes of bookstore real estate burgeoning with your work – if you’re…

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The Origins of Urban Fantasy in the Literature of Classical Antiquity

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The Ancient Origins of Urban Fantasy I wonder how many readers of Urban Fantasy fiction, or any fantasy literature, know how ancient its origins are? In a previous post I suggested the genre began in the 1980s – nurtured by the writer and editor Terri Windling and inspired by…

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What is Urban Fantasy? Monsters, Transgression, and Kicking Ass

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It All Started in the 1980s What is Urban Fantasy? While fantastical stories set in urban environments appear in 19th century literature (think of Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula in London or Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein) and even as far back as antiquity (consider the adventures recounted in Apuleius’s Golden Ass),…

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Why Do Authors Use Metaphors? How Metaphors Ignite Imagination

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Igniting the Reader’s Imagination Why do authors use metaphors? I think it’s fair to say without metaphor most prose would be very poor, fiction far from fantastic, and poetry impossible. Most of us remember being taught about metaphor and other literary devices at school. A few of us…

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The Elements of Fiction: Is Conflict the Heart of a Story?

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Conflict is An Important Element of Any Story Conflict is one of the elements of fiction which no story can do without. It’s the driving force, the engine, powering and empowering drama. It doesn’t matter which medium is used – the written word, dance, music, film, a computer…

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Is Steampunk Science Fiction or Fantasy?

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The Trouble With Genre Definition I was chatting to a librarian friend the other day who was puzzling over where to place a book. Frowning, and waving the book at me in accusatory fashion, she said, “Austin, you write this stuff. Is steampunk science fiction or fantasy?” I…

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