Writing Horses: The Fine Art of Getting It Right by Judith TarrHow far can a horse travel in a day? What does a horse eat? When is a brown horse really a sorrel (or a bay, or a dun)? What do tack and withers and canter mean?
In this long-awaited and much-requested book based on her Horseblog at Book View Café, author and horse breeder Judith Tarr answers these questions and many more. She looks at horses from the perspective of the writer whose book or story needs them as anything from basic transport to major plot device, and provides definitions, explanations, and links and references for further research--leavened with insight into the world of the horse and the humans who both use and serve him.
How fast can a horse run? What happens when a foal is born? How have humans and horses evolved together over the millennia? And above all, what mistakes do writers most often make when writing about horses, and how can the educated writer avoid them?
Here is a guide to the fine art of getting it right.
The Fantasy Writer’s Guide to Horses
A curated and edited blogging community can be the best place to start. Take your time to read Of Horse and learn what kind of stories resonate with others. Then click the Write for Of Horse link to sign up. Take a deep breath and jot down your ideas. Take this time to proofread your story, aloud or quietly, and scan for typos or awkward phrasing.
Horses can make for a very interesting topic for a story. Many people are fascinated with these beautiful and expressive animals and many authors have chosen them as a subject for their works -- "Black Beauty" is a good example. Even for those who know little about these amazing creatures, horse stories are very exciting and fun to write. To create this article, 19 people, some anonymous, worked to edit and improve it over time. This article has also been viewed 36, times. Categories: Fiction Writing Animal Writing. Learn more
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If you write fantasy, you probably have a horse or two in your story. I took riding lessons for years and read way too many books about them, both fictional and non-fictional. When I started writing my first fantasy novel, you had better bet I had horses in it! But not every writer is a horse person. They always say write what you know, and I knew horses so that was what I wrote. Ready to arm yourself with some horse knowledge?
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Like everyone else, horsepeople love a good story. Some of us go a step further and yearn to tell our own horse stories or write our own books. Like riding, however, writing takes a disciplined approach to master, along with lots of practice. Fortunately, we can build on what we already know to make the overall learning process go smoothly. Like riding, writing is a skill that takes a disciplined approach to master, along with lots of practice.