Creating a fantasy novel recap

As I begin working on my latest fantasy novel, Alexandria, I have had the inspiration for a few more fantasy novel related posts. But before I post them, I thought I would take a moment to recap what other posts I have written about creating your own fantasy world (the first step before you begin writing). If you missed these or just want to re-read them, click on the “read more” link to see the rest of original post.

Building your Fantasy World

One of the things I like best about writing fantasy is the ability to create my own world. I am in control of everything – names of cities, geography, culture, religion, systems of magic, history, creatures, everything. I believe one of the most important things is to develop your world BEFORE you begin writing. You need to be familiar with your world so that the details remain consistent and logical throughout your novel. Read more…

Creating the Mystic Dragon

DragonLast week, I wrote briefly about creating your own fantasy world. Since I love dragons, my fantasy world wouldn’t be complete without a dragon. Since we are working with an imaginary beast, you have the creativity to do whatever you want. They can be small, large, friendly, menacing, have magical powers – the possibilities are endless. You can portray them as a snake-like creature like a Chinese dragon or a lizard-like beast with huge bat-like wings. I prefer the latter.  Read more…

Creating believable magic

Magic use to be prevalent only in fantasy novels but more and more, magic shows up in other genres, including romance and suspense.  Magic can certainly enhance a story, but you need to make sure it is believable. You need to clearly define what can and cannot be done with magic. There must be limits on magic otherwise the person using magic would always win and there would be no conflict in your story. Magic cannot be the answer to everything. Or as Rumpelstiltskin in ABC’s Once Upon a Time said, “All magic comes with a price.” Read more…

Beyond the Ordinary – Creating your own Creatures

One of the great things about writing a fantasy novel is that you are not limited to the creatures of this world (such as cats which I wrote about last week) or mythical creatures (such as dragons which I wrote about three weeks ago). You have the freedom to create any type creature you want. And why stick to unicorns, dragons, fairies, elves, griffins or vampires when you can create your own unique creation. Read more…

Cats as characters in your novel

Recently, I wrote about dragons in my fantasy writing series. Today, I would like to address using cats as characters. Now, I chose cats because I am a cat-lover. But these same ideas could work just as well if you wanted to use dogs, horses or some other animal. And much of this can be used for other genres besides fantasy. Read more…

Creating Fight Scenes

fightSince I write fantasy, I guess it is expected that at some point there will be a sword fight or other battle taking place. With each additional book in my trilogy, there seem to be more battles.  One of my reviews for Summoned said that I wrote, “awesome fight scenes.” I don’t know if that is true or not, but I do have a few tricks that I use when developing a fight scene. These hold true whether it is someone using a knife, a sword or their fists.  Read more…

Magical Battles: Writing a duel between wizards

Last week, I wrote tips for writing battle scenes. This week I thought I would talk about magical battles because any good book about sorcerers or wizards needs at least one magical duel. Read more…

Naming places in a fantasy novel

Last week, I dedicated my post to tips on developing character names but the places in your novel need names too. If you are writing a novel that takes place on Earth – whether it is set in the present, past or future – all you need is an atlas (or I guess in the modern age – Google Maps) to give you the names of counties, cities, lakes, rivers and mountain ranges.  But when you have developed your own world, you have the task of naming all the places yourself. Read more…

Creating a fictional poison to add drama to your novel

poisonSlade screamed as his skin began to melt away. He clutched the blade, pulling it free. But the damage was already done. The poison spread fast. Slade cried out in agony as he fell to his knees. The dagger dropped from his hand as his other hand grasped at the ever expanding wound on this chest. And then, as the skin continued to dissolve, Slade fell to the ground and was silent.  – From Destiny: Book 3 of The Elemental Read more…

These nine post can help you create your fantasy world and begin writing your fantasy novel. In the next two weeks, I will write about Gods & Religion and Religion & Magic. And I am sure my latest work-in-progress will spur more fantasy-related posts in the future.

2 thoughts on “Creating a fantasy novel recap

  1. […] my posts on writing a fantasy novel. For some of the basics of fantasy writing, check out my first fantasy recap from […]

  2. […] you want to read more about writing a fantasy novel, check out my Fantasy Novel Recap (covers fight scenes, magical battles, poisons as well as naming places) or Fantasy Novel Recap, […]

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