If you’re building a new fantasy world, and especially if it involves castles, sword and sorcery, elves, dragons or other mainstream fantasy elements, author John Wiswell has some great advice for you. On his blog The Bathroom Monologues, Wiswell posted an argument in favor of non-traditional fantasy, that starts like this:
“…When it comes to taking a real culture and only tweaking a few things, I have simple advice:
He goes on, at some length, about China Mieville, fantasy gaming tie-in novels, and the importance of writing what you love. Read the rest on his blog; he’s taken the words right out of my mouth – and expressed them much better than I would have.
What’s your approach to making sure your fantasy isn’t another redundant piece of pseudo-history?