So, you have a brimming tale in a magical world, where readers battle dragons, ghouls and goblins, but you don’t know where to begin. With this cauldron of boiling ideas and hardly a way to properly execute them, the story can fade away because you’re so overwhelmed with everything that must happen in fantasy. Hopefully, with a little perspective and guidance, writing down the fantasy idea feeding at your brain will be a little easier.
First thing’s first – to label a fantasy story from other stories, you must know some elements that make up a fantasy novel:
Other Key Tips to Help You When Writing Fantasy:
1. You can’t write about what you don’t know, so it’s a good idea to get a feel for your story’s genre by reading some successful novels in the same genre. Experiencing a fantasy thrill will help you get a better handle on knowing what’s effective in fantasy and what is required. Here are a few examples of well-known fantasy novels and some of their fantasy elements:
2. Don’t be afraid to ask specific questions about foreign objects, characters or places in your story. Just a few of many questions you can ask yourself are:
3. Include the 5 senses when describing unknown objects or people – make sure the reader understands completely the personality and characteristics of important things and people in your story.
4. Be sure to remember your details and never stray from them. Your characters and characteristics of objects need to be consistent. Make notes if you must, but make sure you never take your eye off the essence of the people and things in your novel.
5. Make the times and places believable. If you have a time where fantasy creatures lived in the 1800s – and they aren’t time travelers, which merits a whole new article topic – don’t have characters wearing a digital watch or asking Alexa where the nearest telephone is.
All that you read on fantasy is simply a guide to help you achieve the maximum potential your story might have – and these only scratch the surface of what all you can do in the realm of fantasy. Play with it, change it, create it, but don’t leave the readers behind when traveling through your journey.
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Trometter, Mrs. “Elements of Fantasy Literature.” LinkedIn SlideShare, LinkedIn, 30 Nov. 2011. 2 Mar. 2018.
Rodriguez, Julie. “Dos and Don'ts For Fantasy/Sci-Fi Writers.” Creative Writing Solutions, Creative Writing Lesson Plans and Resources.
Anamika, et al. “5 Essential Elements Every Fantasy Novel Needs.” Writer's Edit, 21 Nov. 2017.
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