Considerations about - How to write Fantasy

Writing a fantasy novel

If you ever thought about writing a fantasy novel here are some tips and pieces of advice you should consider. Writing a novel itself is not that daunting task as you maybe think. But once you start, just do not stop until the job is done. Here we go:

1. The first approach is get a good documentation about the world and time you want to write about. If it s a world from the past, try read as much documentation as possible, and you'll be surprised how much strange things happened that days, and how much 'alien' that world was. If your fantasy is in the future, read about previsions and predictions, about the presumated nature and science evolution, human evolution, man and machine, whatever.
Then start build your fantasy world from the scratch, make a map, build geography, build terrain and landscapes, places descriptions, environmental issues like vegetations and creatures. Assign your world a history with characters and legends, references, all these will give your fantasty world a high degree of credibility and consistence.

2. Populate your world with human/non-human creatures. Define the relations between them. This will help you to buid the plot. Define organization forms. Assign different religions, gods, rituals. Imagine countries, lands, empires, rulers. Imagine relations between rulers and populations, countries, alliances and possible wars. Are there political fractions, brotherhoods, gangs ?

3. Structure your main characters. You ca play the well-known rule - good boys, bad boys - or, go a little bit more sophisticated, make characters deeper, shadowed, complex. A good idea is to have a character section of your book - a place where you can have a character sketch. Build main strong personages, second and third line ones. Keep track of them ! And because you're writing a fantasy novel, assign them fantasy powers, brute force and mental powers not to be found in real world. But be careful, you should imagine them in a convincing way for the reader.

4. Magic Spice Like any fantasy story it should contain some real magic; do your homework and read whatever sources about this subject. Dark ages magic, samanic magic, whitchcraft. Imagine different kinds of magic, battle magic, the way it affects your realm, who has the abilities, how much magic is an usual thing in your world, and maybe the relationship between genuie human feelings and qualities, and magic. Is there good (white) magic, black magic ? Can it be learned, assigned to people or things ?

5. and last but not the least: read classics. There are several advantages by doing this: first you can have an idea about how other people did the job, you have the chance not to repeat them, but sill have some derivative ideas, maybe. Herbert Franke, Tolkien, Ursula K. Le Gunn, Brian Aldiss, Cordwainer Smith, J.G. Ballard, Serge Brussolo are just some few names you should not miss.

Writing fantasy genre is easy and fan because you can unleash your imagination - still you have to be calculate in order to make your writing believable - quite a challange !


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