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[Poll Results] Overused Character Tropes in Fantasy

Here are the results of my research into overused character tropes in the #fantasy genre. What do you think came top?

BOOK REVIEW | A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook – Richie Billing

Another review in for AFWH, this time from the lovely Jessica Belmont! I don’t feel worthy of your words, Jessica. I sincerely appreciate it! And I’m delighted to hear you found the book useful too!

If you haven’t already checked out Jessica’s blog, it’s a trove of terrific book reviews and recommendations. You’ll never struggle to find something to read again!

Jessica Belmont

Hi everyone!

Today I have the opportunity to share my review of author Richie Billing’s A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook. Check it out and let me know what you think!


They say write the book you want to read. When I first started writing fiction, with nothing but ideas and enthusiasm and an ignorance of the elements of storytelling, this is the book I would have wanted as my guide.

Over the years I’ve spent countless hours studying the craft of writing and practising and honing that craft. I’ve learned many lessons, often in the harshest of ways, and the product of those lessons is this book: a guide to everything I’ve learned about writing, the fantasy genre, and the things that come when the writing is finished, if indeed it ever is.

Inside, you’ll find guidance on the pillars of storytelling as well as aspects of writing I find…

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A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook by Richie Billing: Book Review

A very lovely review of AFWH from the excellent book blogger, Sarah. For some reason, this post slipped under my radar so apologies for just seeing it now. Thank you, Sarah, for taking the time to read the book and share your thoughts! I sincerely appreciate it. If you’re yet to check out Sarah’s blog, head on over there forthwith! You’ll find tonnes of great book recommendations and insightful reviews.

Sarah Lillian Books

Good hello, friends! Happy Thursday! Today I’m throwing out the order of my reviews in favour to review A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook, which was kindly sent to me for an honest review! Thank you Richie Billing for sending me an advanced copy! A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook was released just yesterday, June 12th, 2019! Not only did I want to accept the book for myself in the hopes of bettering my writing, but also my brother who has always wanted to be a writer and doesn’t know how to start.

My Lame Synopsis: An informative guide to writing fantasy, but could help any writer to get better. Goodreads

Fantasy Writers' Handbook, A - Richie Billing

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure what exactly to expect from this since this is the first book I’ve read on writing for any genre. Sure, I’ve read a few articles, but not a novel. I’m floored by how…

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[Poll] Overused Character Tropes in Fantasy

There’s been a buzz of discussion lately about overused character tropes in the fantasy genre—the orphan child fated to save the world; the lone wolf assassin; the hot-headed and reckless protagonist; elves who love trees and loathe dwarves. It’s made for some incredibly insightful reading, allowing writers to see what readers are tiring of, potential… Continue reading [Poll] Overused Character Tropes in Fantasy

A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook by Richie Billing – a #BookReview

A thousand thank you’s to Virginia for the wonderful and insightful review of AFWH! I don’t feel worthy of your words and rating!

As Virginia says in her review, she’s not THAT big a fan of writing fantasy, yet she found 18 reasons to read the book. I never appreciated there were that many!

Thank you again! Please do check out Virginia’s brilliant website. It’s filled with more book reviews and the work of her grandfather who sounded like a truly fascinating man.

Rosepoint Publishing

A Fantasy Writers' Handbook by Richie BillingTitle: A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook by Richie Billing

Genre: Authorship, Authorship Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writing

  • ISBN-10:109778133X
  • ISBN-13:978-1097781331
  • ASIN: B07RR37H9K

Print Length: 275 pages

Publication Date: June 12, 2019

Source: Author request

Title Link: A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook

Book Blurb:

‘A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook’ provides detailed guidance on the pillars of storytelling as well as aspects of writing that rarely feature in other books, such as writing fight scenes and world-building. At times the focus shifts away from the technical elements and considers the philosophies behind writing, ways to help you maintain focus, and methods of battling the demons of doubt that forever loom over our shoulders. 

Section two explores the thriving genre of fantasy and the many facets that make it what it is, before looking at the histories of our world that so often inspire our fantasy tales.

The final part looks at…

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5 Things I Learned Publishing AFWH

AFWH has been out for 2 weeks and I've at last had a chance to reflect on the experience. Here are 5 things I've learned, from pre-order campaigns to managing expectations

‘A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook’ Paperback Out Now!

The paperback version of A Fantasy Writers' Handbook is now available to buy! Ahead of the official release date of Wednesday 12th June, I've decided to release the paperback a few days earlier so that if you order now, you should hopefully have it by Wednesday.  Here's how it turned out... There have been a… Continue reading ‘A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook’ Paperback Out Now!

World-Building: Creating A World

Here's the final teaser chapter from my new book, A Fantasy Writers' Handbook. In the Handbook you'll find three chapters on the topic: creating a world, revealing a world, and approaches to world-building. Today, I thought I'd share with you the first of the three.

Short Story News: Noodlin’

I had a short story published today in Kzine, the first one in what feels like aeons!

A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook Teaser: Blogging

We're just under a month away from the release of A Fantasy Writers' Handbook and today I'm delighted to give you another glimpse inside the covers. When somebody first suggested blogging to me I told them in no uncertain terms to 'eff off'. My concern was that I had nothing worthwhile to say, nothing anyone would find interesting. In this teaser chapter, I reveal what changed my mind, what I've learned in my years of blogging, and some ways to make some cash in this developing field.