. . . In which I examine my own thoughts about writing fantasy.
I am trying to switch genres from Romance (though I still love it and am currently working on one) to fantasy (Although my next manuscript will be more science fiction–it’s the process of “throw everything out there and see what sticks”). I love fantasy and have since I was a child. I am currently shopping a fantasy romance (which I love!) and a straight fantasy (which I also love–two books of the heart) So here are my top ten quick tips about writing fantasy.
- Read in the genre–there are all kinds of fantasy. Read, read, read. (That’s true for any genre)
- You can’t just throw in a dragon– although dragons are great, right?
- You must build a world–as the author, you have to know the rules of the world and stick to them.
- Logic must still prevail–just because you’re making up a world, doesn’t mean it doesn’t have to make sense. (Almost the same thing as 3, but not quite)
- The characters are more important than the flash and decoration– a reader still wants and needs to identify with at least some of your characters.
- Writing rules still apply–If you’re going to be wordy, you’d better have a good reason to be so. (Like not using contractions–works great as a characteristic for Data, but not so good for other characters)
- Know where you’re going–especially if you plan several books. You have to know the destination.
- Avoid story clichés–they’ve been done to death.
- Actions have consequences– don’t forget to show them. Rarely is anything black and white. Gray can be a much more interesting shade.
- Research is essential–yes, even for a fantasy, you must do your research.
So, you know anyone interested in a fantasy?
Books I’m reading now:
Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch