Laura Harris. Fantasy author.

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.


IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT ; a two-and-a-half hour long playlist for the next time you’re just chilling in your gothic mansion on a stormy night.

For the perfect atmosphere in any weather, enjoy in combination with these:

Crackling Fire // Howling Wind // Thunder & Rain // Cozy Lighting

Tracklisting beneath the cut.

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"I’ve read some stories where it’s difficult to tell where the story stops and I begin. Those are the best stories."—TBV

(Source: giselebechauf)

Anonymous asked:
Hello! I've been thinking about writing a story that includes magic and weaponry (I have the characters and scenes kind of floating about in my head) but when I try to put it in a genre, it seems that it fits in medieval fantasy, and I'm not too familiar writing such a genre. What should I do?

You only have to worry about genre when you’re trying to write a smaller, more specific genre (such as steampunk) or when you’re trying to sell your story.

Don’t worry what genre it is right now. If you do want to write a medieval fantasy, you’ll have to research the time period and culture you’re writing about (even if you make up a place you’ll have to research some stuff) and read a lot of medieval fantasy.

However, here is a list of fantasy genres (keep in mind that many fantasy novels can fit into more than one category):

  • Alternate World: A setting that is not our world, but may be similar. This can include a character traveling to another world or a setting that is simply an alternate version of ours.
  • Arabian: Fantasy that is based in or on the Middle East and North Africa. This also includes folk tales and epic poems, which make up the majority of this genre.
  • Arthurian: Set in Camelot (most of the time) and deals with Arthurian mythology and legends.
  • Celtic: Fantasy that is based on the Celtic people and culture, most often post La Tene culture.
  • Christian: This genre has Christian themes and elements alongside fantasy elements.
  • Classical: Based on Roman and Greek myths. Sometimes it includes Kemetism.
  • Contemporary/Modern: This genre takes place in modern society in which paranormal and magical creatures live among us. An example would be the Harry Potter series.
  • Dark: This genre combines fantasy and horror elements. The tone or feel of dark fantasy is often gloomy, bleak, and gothic.
  • Epic: This genre is long and, as the name says, epic. Epic is similar to high fantasy, but has more importance, meaning, or depth. Epic fantasy is most often in a medieval setting.
  • Gaslamp: Also known as gaslight, this genre has a Victorian or Edwardian setting.
  • Gunpowder: Gunpowder crosses epic or high fantasy with “rifles and railroads”, but the technology remains realistic unlike the similar genre of steampunk. It’s like putting elves on a pirate ship or putting werewolves in the Wild West.
  • Heroic: Centers on one or more heroes who start out as humble, unlikely heroes thrown into a plot that challenges them.
  • High: This is considered the “classic” fantasy genre. High fantasy contains the general fantasy elements and is set in a fictional world. It is often heroic or epic as well.
  • Historical: The setting in this genre is any time period within our world that has fantasy elements added.
  • Medieval: Typically set in Europe during the early to late middle ages.
  • Mythic: Fantasy involving or based on myths, folklore, and fairy tales.
  • Paranormal/Supernatural: Involves supernatural and paranormal creatures as the source of fantasy, such as werewolves, vampires, and ghosts. Romance is often present.
  • Portal: Involves a portal, doorway, or other entryway that leads the protagonist from the “normal world” to the “magical world”.
  • Quest: As the name suggests, the protagonist in this genre sets out on a quest. The protagonist most frequently searches for an object of importance and returns home with it or with a prize.
  • Science Fantasy: A genre that combines science fiction and fantasy. An example is Star Wars.
  • Sword and Sorcery: Settings in which the characters use swords and engage in action-packed plots. Magic is also an element, as is romance. These can be set in many time periods.
  • Sword and Soul: Similar to Sword and Sorcery and heroic fantasy, but African-inspired. However, the genre is spreading to other subgenres of fantasy.
  • Urban: Has a modern or urban setting in which magic and paranormal creatures exist, often in secret. It also has elements of horror.
  • Wuxia: A genre in which the protagonist learns a martial art and follows a code. This genre is popular in Chinese speaking areas.
A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.
— 出典:Vladimir Nabokov (via thephoenixwriter)
Anonymous asked:
Is it quicker to self-publish or to get an actual publisher? What steps do you have to take to self-publish?

If you know what you’re doing, self publishing would be a lot quicker. You could probably do it in a few days, depending on what you’re publishing through. 

It can take months or even years to get an agent and it can take anywhere from a few days to several months to find a publisher after that. Then there’s all the stuff that goes into making your manuscript into a final book. That can take anywhere from a few months (usually for something in extremely high demand) to two years.

For fiction it’s usually between one and two years, excluding writing, finding an agent, and finding a publisher.

There is a self publishing tag on the tags page that can give you lots of information on self publishing and you can also look at my How to Write and Publish a Novel page for more information.

Pros of focusing a story around friendship instead of romance


  • Less danger of writing awful purple prose
  • Friends can survive without constantly being around each other
  • Friendships are really cute
  • It’s easier to write healthy friendships
  • Somebody can be friends with two people without it turning into an annoying “friendship triangle”
  • Positive female-female friendships are underrepresented
  • Female-male friendships without romantic undertones are underrepresented outside of children’s books
  • Most people don’t collapse into irrational heaps of strong emotions whenever they see their friends, which makes it way easier to fight off attacking ninjas
  • More stories about online friends would be nice
  • Friends don’t have to be conventionally attractive in order to sell books
  • Did I mention the cuteness factor?
…you should wait until the book is finished before making a judgment on its content. By the time you have gone through twenty drafts, the characters may have developed lives of their own, completely separate from the people you based them on in the beginning. And even if someone, at some time, gets upset with your words – so what? Live your life, sing your song. Anyone who loves you will want you to have that.
— 出典:Walter Mosley (via writingquotes)


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