The fantasy fiction formula

By Deborah Chester

The fantasy fiction formula


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9706-5
  • Pages: 336
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: January 2016
  • BIC Category: Contemporary Literature, Literature, Creative writing & creative writing guides, LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Composition & Creative Writing, Language / Creative writing & creative writing guides


There's more to writing a successful fantasy story than building a unique world or inventing a new type of magic. From the writing of strong, action-packed scenes to the creation of dynamic, multi-dimensional characters, fantasy author Deborah Chester guides novices and intermediate writers through a step-by-step process of story construction. Whether offering tips on how to test a plot premise or survive what she calls the dark dismal middle, Chester shares the techniques she uses in writing her own novels. Examples drawn from both traditional and urban fantasy illustrate her nuts-and-bolts approach to elemental story design. With a foreword by New York Times best-selling author Jim Butcher, who studied writing in Chester's classes at the University of Oklahoma, The fantasy fiction formula delivers a practical, proven approach to writing fantasy like a pro.


Listen carefully to what Debbie has to say about telling stories, aspiring writer. She knows exactly what she's talking about.
Jim Butcher, New York Times bestselling author of The Dresden Files


Foreword by Jim Butcher
Author preface
1. Formulating a story plan
2. Character design
3. Viewpoint
4. Dialogue
5. Scene structure
6. Scene conflict
7. Conflict maneuver
8. Ending scenes
9. Sequels
10. Dilemma and decision
11. Entering the dark dismal middle
12. Surviving the dark dismal middle
13. More dark dismal middle
14. Unmasking true nature
15. Pacing
16. Ending the story
17. Story climax
18. Writing the resolution
19. Revision methods
20. The road to publication
21. Final suggestions


Deborah Chester is the John Crain Presidential Professor at the University of Oklahoma, teaching Professional Writing

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