Creating a Fictional World


Creating the world where your fantasy novel is set, is one of the most important parts of writing a successfull fantasy story. And this world must be pretty detailed before you move on to creating characters and plotting your novel. Why you ask? Because just as Earth has rules that cannot be violated (for example the law of gravity), your fictional world needs to have laws, too. It will also need to have it’s own geography, weather, animals and/or fantasy creatures, or even different races of people. If you begin writing your novel without considering any of these, you will find yourself in a situation  where you need to rewrite in order to avoid contradictions once your world if fully created.

Whatever you do, you always need to remember that you are the ultimate creator of your fictional world. No matter where or when your story is set, regardless of the events and conflicts in your story, and despite the characters you introduce to your readers, everything is a product of your own unique imagination. And your imagination can create anything you want. There is endless possibility in writing fantasy and that’s what I love the most about it. Unlike other genres, there are few limitations of where your imagination can go, which gives you the pefrect opportunity to test the limits of your creativity. In my opinion, one of the most important aspects of writing fantasy is research. You need to learn your material before you start writing. Creating settings for a science fiction or fantasy world is an exhilarating task but it can also be a daunting one and you’re going to need all the help you can get.

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10 Tips to Improve Your Writing


Write what you like

There’s no bigger motivation killer than trying to write something that doesn’t inspire you. If you’re not enjoying what you’re doing you’ll easily get bored and your lack of enthusiasm will show through your writing. So if you’re interested in romance, then write romance. But if you’re interested in fantasy don’t write romance just because you think it will sell better. Go with fantasy anyway and take your chances.

What’s your story about?

And by that I don’t mean that you have to outline the entire plot of the story or every single thing your characters do but that you need to establish a clear theme and figure out the message you’re trying to send to your readers, something they can understand and relate to.

Create characters people can relate to

Characters are the most important part of your story, the heroes through which your readers will view the world you’ve created. Which is why you need to take some time to develop their personalities and decide what characteristics you want them to have before you even start writing the story. You need to make your characters as believable and realistic as possible and make sure they are people your readers can relate to. More importantly you need to make sure your readers will care about those characters and ache to see what’s going to happen to them on the next page. If your readers don’t care about the characters, they won’t care about the story and chances are they’re going to stop reading in the middle of your book and not think twice about it. At the same time however, you need to be careful not to overdo it. Don’t make your characters too perfect or they will come off too unrealistic. Just take a look around you. Everyone you know is guaranteed to have at least one bad habit. Giving your characters one or two flaws will make them much more believable and easy to relate to. Perfect characters are always those who are perfectly flawed!

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Writing With Confidence by Lee Masterson

There are literally thousands of fledgling authors around the world, all waiting for their masterpieces to be discovered and made into bestsellers, all toiling laboriously at their prized manuscript. Yet many of these tentative writers lack confidence in their own work.

Many require constant reassurance that their work is good. Some even need to feel validated that they are striving for a worthwhile goal. Many also need to hear the praise from family and friends that will boost their nervousness back into inspired confidence.

Yet if these same writers took just a moment to praise their own work, or their efforts, once in a while, a new-found pride in their talent will begin to emerge.

Too often I have heard writers complain that they have not written as profoundly or as profitably as their own favorite author. I have also witnessed self-pity as the fledgling writer considers his own work to be beneath his idol’s standards.

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Advice for the Teen Writer by Kristin Tilley

Let’s face it: any writing career is tough. There’re so many processes involved…brainstorming, editing, rewriting, promoting. It almost discourages you to simply think of these tasks alone. But to add to the stress, the average writer probably has kids to take care of, bills upon bills to pay, plus a house to tend. It’s rough.

But what about the younger writers? Those teen writers who’ve just shoved off the beach of ease and into the oceans of hardships and decisions? What sort of problems do they face?

Actually, they come in contact with identical problems. The only difference is that they’re unaccustomed to the problems they have to endure.

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Top Eight Rules For Writing Fantasy

Fantasy is a very popular genre nowadays and one of my personal favourites. What I like most about fantasy is that it gives a writer the opportunity to create something completely unique and different, like in the case of high fantasy where you get to create an entire world on your own. However, writing fantasy and creating a world like that is not easy. There are hundred of things you need to consider before starting a story set in a fictional world. Setting, climate, inhabitants, society and history to name a few. For not mentioning the daunting task of finding unique and creative names for all those things. Sure, working on a project like that might be exhilarating at first but what happens after a while when that initial spark of enthusiasm fades away and you’re left with more problems rather than solutions? You don’t think you can do it after all? The answer is: of course you can, as long as you take the right approach and don’t give up after hitting the first setback. So here are the top eight rules for writing fantasy according to Melissa Kelly:

Begin with the world.
Creating the world where your fantasy novel is set is one of the most important parts of creating a successful fantasy novel. And this world must be pretty fleshed out before you move on to the next step. Why you ask? Because just as earth has specific rules that cannot be violated without explanation (for example, the law of gravity), your world will have laws too. It will also have its own geography, weather patterns, animals, and races of people and/or other fantasy creatures. If you jump right in and begin writing your fantasy novel without any consideration for these rules, you will find yourself in a situation where you will need to rewrite carefully to avoid any contradictions once your world has been fully created.

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5 Ways To Beat Writer’s Block

Writer’s block is the most annoying thing that can happen to a writer and I’ve had a lot of personal experience with it. So here are five ways you can beat it:

  1. Watch a movie: It doesn’t matter what movie it is or wether it is new or old, just watch one. Many writers are easily inspired by what they see on TV so a movie is always a good solution because it can also take your mind off your writing and let you relax for a while.
  2. Take a walk or a short trip: Just like with a movie, taking your mind off your writing for a while might be the key to writing more and physical excercise works miracles with reducing your stress levels.
  3. Take a break: Sometimes your mind needs to shut down for a while in order to start working properly again. It doesn’t matter what you’ll do, just stay away from your computer/notebook and stop writing for a while (it could be for a few hours or even a few days). Distancing yourself from your novel will help you come back to it with a fresh perspective. Spending time with family and friends helps too.
  4. Work on something else: Sometimes you might get stuck with your novel but writing something completely different is a good way to jog your writing and release yourself from the pressure. Write a short story or a poem or an article instead and just let yourself enjoy it.
  5. Take a nap: Lack of sleep can destroy your concentration, reduce your creativity and even make it difficult to type or write, so giving yourself time to rest is really important.

And more importantly believe in yourself and trust your abilities! Slef doubt can seriously mess with your inspiration and creativity so don’t let it get in the way. Just do what you love and stop caring about what others say. it’s what I do.

Good luck and happy writing!