10 Tips for Writing Fantasy10 Tips for Writing Fantasy10 Tips for Writing Fantasy by JosephBlakeParker
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Chapter 1 “Genres” – Section 2 “Fantasy”
With Links to Supplementary Material
As you might have noticed from the Outline, my section on Story Genres is rather bare. And so during the following few weeks, I will be remedying that—starting with fantasy. I have written quite a bit of fantasy—especially mixed within other genres. But more than that, I have read both excellent and profoundly horrible examples of fantasy. Today, I'm going to talk about some of the major elements that make them so. If you don't write fantasy, I still advise reading because many of these topics expand across and array of genres—a
What Is An SJW?What Is An SJW?
The words "Social Justice Warrior", or term "SJW", is a common word that was coined for ironically mocking the people that it was coined to describe. The SJW by now is a modern equal of creationism- Being easily offended, being obviously presuppositionalist, not willing to concede error and a friend of censorship and claiming to speak as an authority when they have none. Like creationists claiming to speak for God, the SJW claims to speak for women, non-whites, and the LGBT, even when those in said groups oppose them. But what are the core ideas of the SJW's ideology?
First off is the idea of intersectionality. In the SJW worldview, society disadvantages people based on being LGBT, certain races, genders, etc. And all these oppressions combine into one another, or intersect, to make one more marginalized by society. By this reasoning, white, straight, cis, able-bodied males are not oppressed and are at the top of society, whereas a black, LGBT, trans disabled woman has
The erasure of human history.Let me tell you a little bit about the House of Wisdom.
It was founded in the 8th century, eventually becoming based in Baghdad, and was a major intellectual centre during the Islamic Golden Age. Scholars there made it their business to collect as much information as they could, from all corners of the known world. They would collect books and texts and return them home for translation. It made the people of the Islamic world among the most culturally advanced on the planet.
They constructed astronomical observatories, they forwarded the science of medicine, mathematics, chemistry, zoology, geography and cartography. They drew upon the work of both those who had come before, and their contemporaries, and then advanced it. Many inventions from the Islamic Golden Age have had a legacy that lasts up until this very day:
So, what happened? If the House of Wisdom was such a fountain of knowledge a