Best Books About Writing - BOOK RIOT


I disagree. Stephen King’s On Writing isn’t on here and that’s the only book on writing you’ll ever need to read.

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i want realistic modern fantasy like

someone finding a dragon egg and livetweeting the process of trying to hatch it (with no prior knowledge on how a dragon egg should be hatched)

a guy selling an enchanted sword on craigslist

a tattoo artist who does spell runes but for really mundane stuff like conjuring a bound demonic pen or for summoning your keys

summoning a demon for the vine

selfies with mermaids

prank calling wizards

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I tried googling this and looking through your tags, but didn't come up with anything. Do you have anything on all-powerful ruling societies in fantasy worlds? Like, a brotherhood or something?
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If you’re looking for an entire government, check the government tag on the tags page.

If you’re looking for a society, club, order, organization, etc. that is so powerful that they have several connections and thus control most of the government and the population, read on:

I listed some resources for secret societies here, as a start.

The Name:

There are a lot of options for naming societies like this. Some variations include:

  • The X Society
  • The Society for X
  • The X Order
  • The X Order of Y
  • The Order of X
  • The X Brotherhood
  • The Brotherhood of X
  • The X’s Guild (guilds are specific to medieval times and consist of people involved in the same business or trade)
  • The X of Y
  • The X
  • The X Group
  • The X Union
  • The X League
  • The X Lodge
  • X

There are a lot of variations that you can play around with. Make a list of a few different names for your organization and pick the one that works best.


Organizations like this are often extremely selective when it comes to letting people in. They have to keep their power and bringing in someone who might ruin something or who might be a spy could destroy the organization.

Come up with qualifications for who can join and then come up with an initiation. Most organizations have them, whether it’s a ceremony, a test, or some kind of right of passage. It’s also common for the children of members to join, since they have the most connections and can be among the most trusted.


How visible is this society in your world? Is it well known? If so, is it feared? Respected? If this society is a secret, is it completely unknown to the general public or are there rumors about it? Do people within the actual government all know? Or just a few people?


You need a reason for why this group is powerful. They might have money, or a magical artifact, or magic in general, or powerful members. Whatever it is, it needs to be present and they need to use this power in the story.

If they are in charge, but are not the primary government, they’ll need manipulation over the government and they’ll need a way to keep it that way. If they have money, they might be paying off government employees or they might make threats against people or they might blackmail them. It depends on how your society works. Their power can go beyond the government too. They might have connections to businesses and others who can help them get any needed materials.

Their power needs to be evident enough that others will not try to challenge them. It should be difficult to overthrow a society like this. If it’s not difficult, then this society is not all that powerful.

Once you have established this society’s connections and power, you need to think about what they can do to alter their world. Do they have great influence in the government? Or do they actually make all the decisions while using others, such as those within the government, as the “face” of their laws, changes, etc.?

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Any guide on how to make an acceptable magic system?
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Magic System


Check the magic tag on the tags page for more.

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Look, I made a gif of this most awesome wizard at the Leaky Cauldron!



are you serious

I always assumed wizards just ignored science, because the fact that “magic” exists, can explain anything. But there are MuggleBorn wizards, ones who, until they were eleven, lived in the real world and learned science and things. Did they all just abandon that normal, muggle knowledge, like Harry did? It’s always been there, itching in the back of my mind.



can we point out that he’s doing wandless magic too

like voldemort couldnt even do that shit

molly fuckin weasley couldnt fuckin do that

who are you

pretty sure this whole series has been about the wrong wizard guys

Plot Twist: He is able to do wandless magic because his comprehensive understanding of quantum physics means that he is the only wizard/witch to actually understand how magic works.

someone write a series about this guy, or just about a wizard with perfect understanding of magic through his knowledge of quantum physics.

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Lucas Simoes - Nostalgia

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Tiny House Communities: Three Perspectives


We welcome BA Norgarrd, Andrew Odom & Macy Miller

I am just starting to clear enough mental space and work week time post-construction to have time to devote to my community concept, so as I say so often about so many aspect of my life lately, “details are hazy.”…

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I just learned about painter John Brosio. Wow. 

Here’s his website:


Quite a few people requested some form of trait/personality generator, and here’s the result!  I wanted to keep it vague enough that the options could work for any universe, be it modern, fantasy, scifi, or anything else, so these are really just the basics. Remember that a character is much more than a list of traits, and this should only be used as a starting point– I tried to include a variety of things, but further development is definitely a must.

Could pair well with the gender and sexuality generator.

To Play: Click and drag each gif, or if that isn’t working/you’re on mobile, just take a screenshot of the whole thing (multiple screenshots may be required if you want more than one trait from each category).

Any tips on writing thieves? In a dystopia setting to boot
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Here. Check the tags page for dystopian information if you need it.