Adventures in World-building: Devising Magic Systems

A complex fantasy world isn't built in one day or seven days. In fact, fantasy writers may find that their secondary-world isn’t complete until after their story comes to an end. This is a daunting concept to consider, particularly for writing-perfectionists with a tendency towards completeness. Even more daunting is the process of creating a… Continue reading Adventures in World-building: Devising Magic Systems

What’s a Portal?: Gateways and Their Place in Fantasy Fiction

The portal-quest fantasy is one to love and one to be confused by. Surprising to many readers, who believe The Lord of the Rings is what Farrah Mendelsohn calls an immersive fantasy, Tolkien wrote what really functions as a portal-quest. The truth is, Frodo passes through a gateway of sorts: he leaves his idyllic Shire… Continue reading What’s a Portal?: Gateways and Their Place in Fantasy Fiction