• The Fantasy Fiction Formula

  • By: Deborah Chester
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (69 ratings)

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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.

©2016 Deborah Chester (P)2020 Tantor
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Ended up buying the paperback version

I love everything Deborah has put in this book! I've spent the last year researching how to write a book that is worthy of being on a bestselling list, and have found a lot of contradictory information everywhere. A lot of that information is very useful, but you have to spend a lot of time deciding what's fact and what's opinion. Not all information is useful for everyone, and a lot of people are left feeling like they're doing everything wrong.
The Fantasy Fiction Formula has all of the best knowledge I've found, plus things I never even would have thought to research. She explains things in a way anyone can understand, and gives wonderful examples and exercises. I ended up buying the paperback so I could take notes in it, and I know I'll be using it for all of my writing career.
Thanks for writing such a wonderfully helpful book, Deborah!

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As solid a resource as I’ve found!

Like Brandon Sanderson’s online lectures, I believe this is a critical bit of learning that any aspiring writers should take part in. Worth ever penny!

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This Sucks

No structure and no organization. Just a torrent of useless information. An author who is so in love with the sound of her voice that she has decided it’s not necessary to impart any insight.

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  • 01-25-22

Infallible Knowledge

I had first finished 'On Writing' by Stephen King and was thirsty for more. After scouring multiple reviews on similar books that focus on the craft of fiction writing. The Fantasy Fiction Formula kept coming up during my searches.

Although only written in 2020, this book hands down was the single most recurring recommendation mentioned by other readers on places like Reddit, Gaming forums and YouTube videos.

I'm delighted to say that many of its core principles It mentions, paralleled the timeless teachings of Joseph Campbell (Hero's Journey/Thousand Faces) and many of the strategies and reasonings that Stephen King teaches in 'On Writing'.

I feel as though I now have everything I need to turn a long time hobby into something more serious. You will not be disappointed with this book.