Have you finally decided that you’re ready to write your fantasy story but you’re not sure where to begin? Here are some very useful tips from Wikihow to get you started on the road to fantasy story writing.
Well first things first you must dedicate some time to writing. You may have a busy schedule. You may want to go out and party with your friends, but in order to get your story started you must make the choice to sit down and do it, plain and simple. Schedule yourself for an amount of time to write every day. If you want writing to be your job then you must treat it as such.
Next write down the topics that interest you. Wikihow offers some very helpful questions you should ask yourself when writing down ideas. These questions are “why” “when” “who did that?” “How did it change the world?” “How?” By asking these questions you can figure out what your major events are in your book. Is there war? Did someone important die? How are the characters changed and or affected by events? Do they go on a journey? What’s important to them?
By writing and answering these questions you can derive your major plot, events and sub plots that happen within your story.
Now that you have your events and plot mapped out, it’s time to create your main character, or protagonist in your story. If you are looking for character ideas refer to my blog about fantasy characters. There is a plethora of choices to start with not to mention you can make up your own character. It’s your world.
When writing your character you want to decide their gender, personality traits, and where they are socially in their world. This will help your character interact with the others within the story. Give your characters names, you can change their name or give them nicknames as you get to know them and they grow later on.
Ask yourself where your characters live. What is their world like. Is it realistic with a touch of fantasy or is their world completely different from our world? What are the rules? Who is their leader? What are the different races of people or creatures like?
Write everything down!
Now you’re ready to mold your plot while considering your major event twist your plot around your protagonist. Ask yourself who are their friends? Who are their enemies? Who is part of the main character’s family? Add in secondary events that are personal to your characters. These events can include marriage birth and death. Make these characters believable and give the reader a glimpse into their lives.
Make sure that there is conflict, and change within your characters. Not everything should be easy for your characters. Conflict makes the story interesting. With adversity and events the characters should grow and change instead of being stagnant and flat.
Now create your world. Many fantasy books include illustrations of the world their characters live in to give the reader a sense of where everything is. Get out your writing implements and draw that world as you see it. You may even want to do some research on history or geography to help you write and draw your fantasy world.
Once you have and idea of your world’s geography it is important to write down your world’s history chronologically. This way you can keep the timeline of events in your story clear. You want your readers to trust that you know what you’re talking about. They need to know that you have a plan that will unfold before their eyes as they follow your characters on their journey.
After you have created your characters, written your timeline, and drawn your map, it’s time to delve deeper into the emotions, habits, and idiosyncrasies of your characters. Give them more detail. What are they afraid of? What are their habits? Do they have a favorite color? What makes them who they are? Why are they so special?
Once you’ve described your character in detail, describe the world they live in. What does it smell like? What are the rules? Is there a religion or certain politics? What are the roles of males females children and animals? Go into detail about your world. The more detail the more vivid and real it will become for you and your reader. A well planned out world will give you a solid base for your story.
Plan out the length of each chapter and decide the character’s perspective of the story. Are they telling the story from their point of view, or will it be a third person narration? Be descriptive to draw your reader in, and make sure to consult your notes on plot, characters, timeline of events, and geography. You want to make sure your story is consistent.
During the writing process ask close friends, and those you trust to give you honest feedback, to read your work. It’s important to get opinions and edits as you go along. I suggest highly to keep a dated electronic copy of your work, just in case, such as an email to yourself with your manuscript. This will give you dated proof of ownership.
These steps should help you either get started or get motivated to finish writing your fantasy story. So what are you waiting for? Your world is in your hands.
Information from Wkihow
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