|I love this title!|
Here are some things I learned again or for the first time:
Fantasy as a genre gives readers a way to expand their lives through dreams and imagination and the re-enchantment of the world.
If it has a machine in it, it's probably science fiction (rather than fantasy).
The rule of 3 + 1: 3 little pigs & the big bad wolf. (The 4th thing should be the "topper" or the turn, i.e. "he'd been poked, punched, called names, and hit in the face with a cupcake")
"Window dressing" is the author's chance to paint a magical picture inside the imaginary world.
|Bruce took us step by step through|
this book's opening... wonderful!
Make maps. (this is great for ANY genre!)
What lifts the craft to art is the sense of mystery.
Embrace the unfinished chord. (leave the reader with something to think about.)
Bruce left ME with lots to think about! Plus he had some nice things to say about my wip, which, as all writers know, is why we go to conferences: to be encouraged, to re-light our fires, to learn.
Thanks, Bruce! Happy to know you!!