Fantasy is a genre that is growing stronger in popularity in the literature, both among adults and children. Many want to immersed with a world that does not exist in everyday life.
Maybe you are one of those who devour the Lord of the Ring trilogy or the Game of Thrones books. You write and fantasize away among the essence of folk beliefs, sayings, invented worlds and mystery. No matter what genre you write, there is a lot of work behind the writing and it takes time, but writing fantasy is a lot of fun, because you can find stories that are far from reality.
Writing fantasy is a bit different from other writing genres. You create your world and have complete freedom to decide what happens in it. You create your invented creatures, name them and let them follow your rules and regulations.
The notion of good and evil powers or forces interacting and fighting each other has attracted readers at all times. It is usually the struggle between these two opposites that is the driving force of fantasy.
Fantasy is the modern version of ancient myths and fairy tales with their wizards, dwarves, witches, and protagonists talking animals and fairies. Most often, the protagonist, who is almost always the hero, has a mission or various tasks to perform. The story usually focuses on how the hero reaches his final goal and what he is confronted with on the road. Many fantasy books contain two or more different worlds in which the characters move, interacting with each other somehow. If you are thinking about writing fantasy but have trouble getting started, we will give you some tips.
CREATE YOUR HISTORY
To get inspiration in your writing, we recommend reading about myths, legends, fables and folktales. For example, many of old north European god stories have inspired writers, at all times.
Long walks in the woods and nature can help you evoke and imagine various wild fairy tales. You might even fantasize about meeting and talking to different creatures to create dialogues in your book. Something that is always a good source of inspiration when writing is music. Music brings your imagination to life and for the creation of monsters and evil creatures or maybe elves and heroes.
1-We recommend that you write down all ideas as you come up with them, even though they may not be related to each other right then. It can be supporting words, dialogues or short sentences. These can later be put in order and used to build your story. Ask simple questions to yourself about your ideas or inventive events such as “why?”, “When?” and how?”. So always bring a paper and pen to write down your ideas quickly.
2-Begin to think about which of your ideas are related and which may be in the same chapter. Try to establish a connection between them. If the order does not convince you, move them. How should the story begin? What is the highlight? How will it end? Plan a chronology for your story. At the same time, start editing and creating a table of contents.
3-How many characters should you include in your story? Slowly work on what people you have included in your story and what they look like. Make them alive by assigning them background and why they are who they are. Are they men or women? Has something special happened to them? Does he or she have any fear of something? Where did they get their powers from (if they have any)? What kind of clothes do they wear? Maybe to create obstacles in their lives. What does the protagonist have and why does he or she want to solve it? Make characters exciting to the reader, but don’t tell them all at once. It is better to give some clues now and trigger curiosity.
4-It’s time to start building your fantasy world. We concentrate on the environmental description. How to create a new world? A world that, in the eyes of the reader, should be perceived as so real that we are trapped and live in it. If you are planning to create a world from scratch, start with simple lines and oceans, lakes, rivers, mountains. Then you can add strange factors to your world that is not common in our world. When does your story take place? Are there special rules in your world? Is it forbidden to do or say certain things in your fantasy world? Who lives where? This is a significant and vital part of your story, so take plenty of time to write and think through everything.
5-Pictures say more than a thousand words, they say. Appealing illustrations and pictures illuminate and reinforce messages in texts, make the book visually appealing and enhance the reading experience. If you plan to include images or illustrations in your book, you should start thinking about this. A professional illustrator can always help you create your characters if you can’t do it yourself. You can also use the many different websites available today, where you can buy pictures or download them for free.
6-Now you know about what your story should look like, so now you can concentrate on the writing itself. Start making real chapters in your story. Should you write in the first or third-person perspective? Will you be writing detailed descriptions of your characters and surroundings to make the story more personal to your readers, or rather make brief descriptions? Create “Cliffhangers” at the end of some chapters to give the reader the feeling that he or she cannot stop reading, but wants to continue because it is so exciting.
When you have finished writing your work – let others read it! Receiving feedback and comments is very helpful and it can improve your story. If several people have read your script and have shared opinions, you should take their feedback and advice seriously. It is often the case that you have to rewrite parts of the script to achieve good quality. You must have patience all the way and believe in your history.
All the best, Melissa Mayer.