You read fantasy because of the time period right: dreaming of being a sheep farmer, living on some hill with a bunch of kids. No? Ok, well it must be because you reminisce on the good times and think to yourself that you were born in the wrong era and if you could just find a way to time-travel yourself back to the days of swords and boards right. No? Well, it must be because you have an obsession with characters with awesome abilities. Yes? I knew that...

I think every writer should jump at the chance to go to one of these writers conferences - even the hermit kinda writer can get something out of it. It's healthy for us writers to do so. You might even learn something, but the real golden egg lay in the number of resources that the best writers conferences have to offer: leads and pitches to showcase to agents, publishers, and of course the chance to mingle with other writers. So, here are the best writers conferences that should...

Call it bias, that’s fine, but Brandon Sanderson is brilliant at creating unique magic systems. The man went against the grain when he created the Metallic Arts magic system in his book Mistborn. The system relies on order and rules rather than impulse and chaos, and although he didn’t pioneer this type of magic system, he did make a splash with it and the outcome was unique and special....