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Christopher Fowler
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A huge subject with porous borders, there have been assemblies of writing on the fantastic for a century now. But if you're starting out and bewildered by where it all leads, this might help. I've separated off long-form fantasy, much of which can already be found on this site. Instead let's concentrate on readable chunks. Fantasy is everything that explores a possibility not covered by the…
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Christopher Fowler
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Reading & Writing
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To be clear, a written anthology is a set of stories by different authors, often on a common theme. A collection is a set of stories by one author. Some publishers still get the distinction wrong on their covers. The advantage of producing a collection is obvious; the reader gets a kaleidoscopic view of the author's mind - see 'Not the End of the World' by Kate Atkinson*, a set of 12 stories that…
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Christopher Fowler
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A question: Do you want to try and get rich or do you want to be satisfied? Surprisingly, there are many writers who still believe that this is even a viable choice. Nobody who's creative can 'decide' to get rich. Many writers who set out with supposedly killer hooks for their books quickly come a cropper. Fashions evolve but the public taste twitches back and forth almost week by week, and it's…
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