A Fantasy Writers' Handbook
"Written in a friendly, uncluttered style, Billing has managed to accumulate and present a huge amount of useful information in a way that perhaps a favourite lecturer might do." Readers' Favourite
"This is an ideal, accessible source for tips and advice and practical resources for the aspiring fantasy author." Steph Warren, Vine Voice Amazon reader
"I loved how Billing incl...more
Richie Billing wrote this in such a conversational, upbeat way, that I didn’t really remember that I was reading a “how-to” book. It was more like have a chat with a friend on writing, and it was really unique.
I love how this flows from chapter to chapter. Sometimes, books like this are dry, bu ...more
I wasn't sure what exactly to expect from this since this is the first book I've read on writing for any genre. Su ...more
Anyone about to embark on a fiction writing career should, i ...more
Billing starts off with a look at the factors that would make readers abandon a book. This is an analysis which should help writers look closely at their work and ask themselves pertinent questions, and is ...more
This book is a really good starting point for anyone wanting to write fiction in the fantasy genre.
Split into three large sections, each broken into smaller chunks for easier reference, the book covers everything from the basics of writing a good story through to the after-work of publishing and marketing.
Richie Billing introduces the subject by first talking the reader through some ...more
Then he swings into what to do with it after you've finished your manuscript along with an explanation of the new and upcoming industry standard, ...more
But it turned out to be far more useful than I initially thought. Far from being just for fantasy writers, authors from all genres would find this interesting. He goes into character, plot, premise, and even prose. Each of these categories turns out to be a fairly deep dive.
It is detailed about how to construct characters, with many examples that tight their particulars to the story, (good, bad, villains and saints etc. – motives). It explains about structure and plots, (series of events, characters’ motivation and conflicts) and it quotes from successful authors ad ...more
If I had to recommend this book with one word, it would be ‘Scope.’ If you’re trying to find your way writing fantasy, this book should be in your toolbox.
Richie Billing has managed to write a book that almost certainly touches upon one or more of the topics that every burgeoning fantasy writer needs to learn more about. He has done his homework and walked the walk, and this book condenses his study and experience into a no-nonsense guide.
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The sections are well thought out, research is explained, shared and credited and overall is written in a way that is straightfor ...more
Wow! This book is a MUST HAVE for all fantasy writers! This book is a complete guide to fantasy writing. It covers everything from writing styles, POVs, writing rules and when to break them, types of fantasy, types of fantasy elements and subjects, how to market yourself as an author, and even lists of fantasy publishers! There’s many diagrams and lists to aid you and it’s thoroughly written, so much so that I can ...more
I received a free advance copy, but my thoughts are my own.
The parts about creating tension and using friction and detours were tools I needed to read for my current WIP.
The rest of the book focuses on Fantasy genre specifics. But no matter what type of ficti ...more
It covers a wide range of topics that any writer will use.
I like that it is easy to understand and comprehend - not like a texbook. The author's witty comments also help it not feel like a teaching text.
I can't wait to apply what i learned from it and get on with writing my own fantasy novel!
Written in a no-nonsense style, accessible, to the point, it is packed with precious information on characters, world building, premise, etc., information that is useful to all writers, whether you write fantasy or not.
For reviewers, this book helps you understand the work that goes in writing a book, it makes you see the mechanics behind and it helps you see your reads in a different way. Personally, it definitely made ...more
Written in a friendly conversational style, A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook offers advice on characters, world building and even editing.
Don’t be put off by the title A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook because there are plenty of practical tips on things like characters and plotting that are h ...more
This book is well written, thoughtful, and at times funny. Richie gives great advice on writing in general in part one and excellent fantasy specific advice in part two. Part three was also great but I haven't finished a manuscript yet so....
I always find it a little disconcerting when I read writing advice that is peppered with typos. I know the key is the message, but I think good advice needs to be well proof-read at the very least. How can we trust an author who can’t be bothered?
I received a free copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
First impressions: I don’t write much fantasy, but I love reading about writing, so I was excited.
Content: There’s a little bit of everything from writing to editing to marketing. The author compiles some useful resources such as a list of publicat ...more
Richie Billing writes fantasy fiction, historical fiction and stories of a darker nature. His short fiction has been published by, amongst others, Kzine, TANSTAAFL Press, Bewildering Stories, Liquid Imagination, The Magazine of History & Fiction, Aether and Ichor, and Far Horizons. His debut novel, Pariah's Lament, will be published by Fiction Vortex in Summer 2020. He co-hosts the podcast The Fan...more