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How to Write a Fantasy Novel

By Edited Mar 22, 2016 2 0

Writing a Fantasy Novel for Beginners

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By this time you might have thought of a story, perhaps some characters and a possible plot. You're excited to get started and you should be. Fantasy novels are some of the most popular books out on the market today. And the best part about writing them is that it's easy. There is no need to study up on world history or a person's life. You can simply make up your own world and let your imagination go wild.

But while there are some key advantages to writing a fantasy story, it's a great idea to look up different way on how to go about making one. It's a big task writing a fictional story, so having what you need can help make the process flow smoother. 

Dedicate a Notebook

Now before you start writing out the first chapter of your story, it's important to have the basic details down. Make a separate notebook or a computer document for characters and plot ideas. 

Write down the basic details of the character, such as appearance, personality traits, and abilities. Then note what type of character they are, whether main, secondary, or a minor character. Depending on what type they are, write what part they take in this fantasy novel. Whether they're one of the secondary characters who happens to be a love interest, or a minor character who is the sibling of the main character. Give them their identity and ideas of how they should be used in the story. Then they can flow nicely from your notes to the actual book.

Make a separate section for the plot, and right down the first of the details that comes to your mind. You don't want to forget a thing. Now to make sure that you don't leave anything out; go over your plot ideas and jot down anymore that come to mind.  It's great to just spend those first moments reviewing your story and see any flaws or conflicting ideas that are first in the draft plot.


Now that you have the first basis of your plot and characters down, you can now use said notebook for other notes. Brainstorm ideas throughout the day and put them down in the following pages. They can be additional traits and ideas for your characters, notes on where you want your story to go from the beginning, or an alternative plot to make your story more interesting. 

Take it With You Everywhere

If you are using a computer document to write your notes down, you are going to need a notebook for this. Throughout the long day, in whatever you are doing, have your notebook with you. There will be times when a writer will be laying in bed, letting their mind wander before they fall asleep. Then they'll start to think of their book and where it's going.

Suddenly they have an instant download of ideas on a new character or how they want the next chapter to go. Or perhaps a really cool scene they should work into the novel. And once they've let their mind go over it, they might think to of getting up to go write down the ideas. But they're too tired to walk over to the other room, so they tell themselves to remember the new story ideas for the next morning. 

Sadly, they aren't always able to remember what they were thinking of the night before. They will have forgotten it or will be missing portions of the ideas. That is why it is so important to have your notebook wherever you go, so if something comes up, you can write it down fast and then carry on with the rest of your day or night.


Creating subplots is very important when keeping the reader's interest. The main plot is obviously the main focus, but subplots can give your readers something to pay attention to and become attached as well. It can be an undercurrent of a relationship between two characters, or a subplot that becomes apart of the main plot that nobody ever saw coming. It also pulls your readers to see the characters and the story of your fictional book on a different level. It gives them new depth and keeps the reader wandering what will happen next.

Study Other Books in the Fantasy Genre

Find other authors with similar ideas to your book. Whether you are writing a story about myths and legends, medieval times, a completely new world, or a fantasy genre crossover, there are plenty of authors to study from. And whether to inspire you or give you new ideas to stem off of, they all different works worth looking into.


Many of us writers have a big problem when it comes to filling in the blank spaces. Some aren't so sure what should go at the beginning or end, or the middle. And some aren't sure about connecting pieces that takes the characters from one situation to the next. To be sure this can be a difficult and frustrating park in being a writer and getting your book finished. But outlining can be one of the best solutions you have to overcoming this problem.

Now in this same notebook or computer document, before you start on the book or the next chapter, write where you want to go from there. Outline each and ever situation and plot change. This will make for a better flow throughout your writing process and make things easier. This prevents you from having writer's block or deleting a part of your story when you realize it's not going anywhere.

Stagnant or Changing Characters 

Make sure to be intentional on all or most of your characters. It can be frustrating to read a book where the characters are never changing, they always have the same things to say, the same view points, and the same ways of doing things. They are stagnant characters and they don't provide the reader with character development. Character development shows the reader that you are a creative writer who is able to make their characters more believable and interesting.

Unless you really intend to make a character stagnant for an important part of the plot, it's advised that you find ways to change them.

Talk to Close Ones 

Many of us have great ideas when it comes to stories. We have great ideas when it comes to characters and plots and how we want things to unfold. And we also feel confident that our fantasy book will be a great hit. But one of the best things you can do is to bounce your story off of family and friends. If you want to make sure your story is interesting to readers, then let people read a few chapters or here your ideas. Then ask them what they think, what should be changed, and what could be added. It's a great way to add things you never thought of, take out redundancy, and here praise for your hard work. And if you don't like the advice they give you, you are not obligated to change anything. 

Being the writer, it can be easy to tell ourselves that our book is interesting and people will want to read what we create. But so often, we are only seeing things through our own lenses. This isn't to say that what you're writing will hold no interest to the reader. But it is important to write for the reader, not just for yourself.

Creating material that is high quality, using methods such as developing characters, having an actual reader read your book, or outlining the story can help so much. Fantasy novels are so easy to make, but they are the easiest to confuse a reader, because none of it is based on fact. It is all fiction and created off of your imagination. So if you can make a smooth flow for your novel, then the reader won't be catching themselves scratching their heads.  



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