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Medieval Warfare, Folklore and AI Book Covers

Season 2, Ep. 4

In this episode, we're donning our helmets and hefting our axes and shields before diving headfirst into battle with a look at medieval warfare. We'll tell you everything you need to know about making your fantasy battles as realistic and gritty as possible, as well as giving you a few neat ideas to use.


We're also looking at folklore, one of the main inspirations for the fantasy genre. We share our favourite folkloric tales and discuss how you can use these as inspiration for your own fantasy stories and worldbuilding.


And we've also got the latest calls for submissions, community announcements, and some very interesting news on creating book covers using artificial intelligence.


Write to us at thefantasywriterstoolshed@gmail.com


Support us on Patreon and get fantasy writing books and writing classes, workshops and courses - https://www.patreon.com/TheFantasyWritersToolshed 


Learn more about the podcast - https://richiebilling.com/welcome/the-fantasy-writers-toolshed-podcast 


RESOURCES

A Guide To Writing Fight and Battle Scenes - https://richiebilling.com/welcome/the-writers-toolshed/fantasy-writing/how-to-write-fight-scenes

Fantasy Writing Classes - https://richiebilling.com/fantasy-writing-classes

WOMBO Dream - https://www.wombo.art/


JOIN OUR WRITING COMMUNITY

Join our community here - https://mailchi.mp/be6082d43b39/the-writers-toolshed 


OUR GUESTS

Janina Arndt and Lucy Atkinson from the Fey Fellows podcast - https://open.spotify.com/show/3fZb25t8f4KdW6x7y5zv6v?si=e74e177759d3422e 

Aidan Mattis from The Lore Lodge podcast - https://www.youtube.com/c/TheLoreLodge 


Sounds and editing by Odysy - https://www.youtube.com/c/Odysyx

Learn more about Richie Billing - http://richiebilling.com/

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