Fantasy is one of the most exciting genres you can write in as it doesn’t have as many rules as others genres do. You can even mix things up and use things from other genres when you’re writing it. I’m a fantasy author at heart so I thought I’d share a few tips with you this week.
Here are 5 tips for writing fantasy:
- Keep it simple. When you’re writing fantasy it’s tempting to create fantastical worlds with elaborate characters and magical systems and having dozens of story-lines. Both best to keep things simple. Don’t overwhelm yourself with too many story lines or you will quickly overwhelm your reader.
- Don’t have too many characters. While it can be tempting to write about loads of different characters, don’t overwhelm yourself. Only write about characters who are an integral part story. Try writing a full biography for each of them so you can keep track of who they are and what they do in the story.
- Remember to write about hero’s journey. The hero’s journey is an integral part of the story so don’t overlook it.
- Thoroughly map out the world. When I wrote my first novel, I made the world up as I went along. Planning and writing about the world first is in sensual any fantasy novel no matter what kind of fantasy you write about. Include things such as the magical system, what kind of creatures live in the magical world, if there are humans, what kind of society they have, what kind of food and drink they have.
- Remember the characters come first. No matter what kind of fantasy novel you write remember that the characters are the integral part of the story, not the world they live in. Write about relatable characters that readers can connect to.
What do you like about writing fantasy?