The A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post 26 articles on a themed topic. It’s supposed to be every day except Sundays during the month of April but I did this last year, found it way too busy for the likes of me, and decided to post mine ‘about’ once a month. Yes, it’ll take me a couple of years. Sigh.
My topic, like the last two times I did the conventional approach, will be writing genres.
fantasy fiction set entirely in secondary or parallel worlds, contrasted with books set in the ‘real’ world that simply have magical objects, creatures, characters or events
- Include a strong sense of peace in the setting.
- Make characters complex and not cliche.
- Focus on a lone protagonist who makes his/her way through a secondary world on a Hero’s Journey.
- Have your protagonist pulled into battle with the antagonist.
- Include an all-knowing mystical mentor or teacher, a wizard or a warrior if you’d like.
- Start the hero as a childlike figure who matures rapidly.
- Tell the story from the viewpoint of one main hero.
- Often make the hero an orphan or unusual sibling with an extraordinary talent for magic or fighting.
- The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
- A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula LeGuin
- Lord Foul’s Bane by Stephen Donaldson
- Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
- The Hobbit by J. R. Tolkien
- Lord of the Rings by J. R. Tolkien
- The Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind
- Xanth by Piers Anthony
- Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
- Dragonlance by Tracy Hickman
If you write this genre, I’d love your thoughts on tips and favorite books.
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, In the Footsteps of Giants, Winter 2021.