The Key to Fantasy Writing

by , Tuesday September 19, 2017
The Key to Fantasy Writing

Key to Fantasy Writing

Want to know how to write better fantasy? Read some of these great tips from w0lverine



Science fiction and fantasy are genres where almost anything can happen — as long as the author can make it seem plausible and as long as it’s part of a good story. The fantasy genre opens doors to the impossible and the improbable – creating worlds which last forever.


From characters to universes, here are five tips for writing fantasy:


Tip #1 - Use established myths and legends as the basis for your fantasy world.

Many successful books and TV shows have been based on myths and legends that readers already know, but with a few twists thrown in for good measure. The mythological creatures and characters and their stories will give you a great basis for your new world, as well as allowing you to explore these classic tales.


Examples: BBC’s ‘Merlin’, Marvel’s ‘Thor’ &  Rick Riordan’s ‘Percy Jackson’ series.


Tip #2 - Get to know your imaginary world.

You need to be able to describe your world in detail if you are going to convince your readers that it exists. The world you create is the place your readers should be transported to every time they open your book. This means vivid descriptions to make the experience as realistic as possible for the reader. Their introduction to this world should not just be physical. You should think about all of the differences that an entire new world would contain. In most cases, your world will have a history that has influenced its development. Many writers ignore these facts and instead only chose to describe the physical description of the landscape.

 Some writers/artists choose to map out the landscape to ensure consistency.


Tip #3 - Try a Fresh Perspective.

The way your story is told has a huge impact on how it unfolds in the mind of the reader. First of all, you need to decide from what viewpoint the reader will experience the story. Will we be seeing it through the eyes of a single character, or multiple? Will all of these characters be human? Will it be written in first or third?


Deciding on which viewpoint to use can impact how you choose to progress your plot, so it is important to make this choice early. Is your character a newcomer to this world, or have they lived there all of their life?  Be original.


Tip #4 - Beware of clichés.

In this genre, originality is the key to making you stand out. You have no limits on your ideas so write what you want and choose original ideas. Many authors advise that you read similar content to what you’re writing so that you know the clichés and you also know what to avoid.


Tip #5 - Make your characters believable.

This is essential if you want to hook and keep readers interested in the story. A great way to do this is to establish the rules at the beginning of your story to avoid confusion. Do all of your characters have powers, or is it just the protagonist? Why?


It is important to ground your characters to their reality. They need a goal, motives, and weaknesses just like any other character. They need development and they need justification.



Writing fantasy is a great way to develop characters and ideas with few limits. As long as everything is plausible inside of your fictional world, you can do anything...


Magic. Science. Myths. Anything is possible.


So what are you waiting for? Start writing a fantasy story and enter it in our fantasy competition!


Thank you to w0lverine for writing this blog post :)

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