Saturday, July 11, 2009

How to Write a Fantasy Story?

I found some info here to share with all of you..^_^


1. Decide what you want to write. A short children's story? A novella? A full blown fantasy epic? If it's your first writing project, start small, and don't overwhelm yourself.

2. Develop a plan of characters and plot for your story. Make your characters complicated, make them real and let them have a personality and a life. Think of fantasy stories you have already read and what you liked about these. Even better - go to the source. Authors such as Tolkein and Rowling borrow heavily from traditional myths and legends, and doing the same is the best way to avoid ripping off the best sellers.

3. Move from reality into fantasy. Will your characters start off in the real world and discover the magical elements hidden beneath the surface? (Harry Potter) Will they be transported into a world where all the rules are different? (Chronicles of Narnia) Or will they start off in a world entirely different from our own, and go on noble quests to slay dragons and defeat evil? (Lord of the Rings)

4. Create the world. Add things such as talking animals, dragons or even dinosaurs, along with magic. You can make up your own magical species, or use ones borrowed from folklore, or even not have any at all. The same goes for magic. Try to avoid cliches as much as possible - twist and subvert them.

5. Write. Just write. Don't just write the story, but write histories of your characters, unrelated shorts, and anything else you can think of to flesh out your characters and your world. If you have the plot and an outline in mind, then write out the rough draft first - and only when you're done should you go back and edit.

6. When you're finished and ready to start editing, create a checklist to work from:
* Is your plot feasible, at least according to the rules you've set up? Do you explain things enough to create willing suspension of disbelief?
* Is your world and the rules it's based upon consistent?
* Are your fantasy characters identifiable, well-described and interesting?
* Is your theme subtle but well-developed? If you include a moral in your work present it subtlety.
* Is your style and diction consistent and appealing to your target audience?

7. Finally, let others read your work. It can be just a few close friends at first, but once you start getting good criticism and you start building confidence, you might want to consider trying to publish

8. It's good to look for other books for inspiration.

9. Having a story use symbolism can be good, just don't go too out of hand where no one knows what the original topic was, or what your talking about.

10. Don't use too many advanced terms, it can spoil the story. Displaying a bit of superb vocabulary is alright, but don't make the story filled with words only 1% of population know.


* Be creative with your settings. Underground dungeons and medieval castles aren't the only places you can find dragons.

* Avoid info dumping. If you make your character complicated, don't begin the book with seven pages of introduction to them. Same with the world. Spread information throughout the story: this heightens suspense and makes your book a joy to read.

* Making a character is like making an imaginary friend: make sure that it is believable that the person is real. Become the person and write down what you think they might say and do. Make sure your character has flaws, rather than a perfect character so the book doesn't get boring.

* Think of verbal and gesture tags for your main character(s) - nail-biting, hair-twirling, calling everyone "love", and catchphrases can all really help with characterization. Moderation, however, is still key.

* Think of fitting names for your characters. For exotic species, use exotic sounding names, for mysterious characters, use mysterious sounding names, and et cetera.

* If you're having a hard time coming up with an idea, borrow from the classics. That is, after all, where Shakespeare got many of his ideas. But don't just rip-off someone else's writing. Add twists, turns, sub-versions, deconstructions, and your own unique spin.

* Don't use an excessive amount of magic. Even if your world is very magic rich, using magic to get out of every scrape becomes very boring after a while.

* If you want, you can take a book or fairy tale everyone knows and change it into a new, one-of-a-kind creation.

* Try to enhance your story by thinking of ways to compare one thing to another.

* Write about something you have experienced it's a lot easier to write about

* Use a thesaurus!

* Try drawing your characters if you are having trouble describing them. Even if you are not an artist, this helps to order your thoughts!

Okay! That's it!! English' version i guest,hmmm.. I hope that one day, i will have courage and able to write thousands of fairy tales story but in my own version, as a Muslim, and interesting for children as their bed time story book.. amin...^_^



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