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How to create a map of your fantasy world

You know you’re reading a fantasy book when the first two (or sometimes multiple) pages are of maps of the world. These help give your reader a visual context (and help remind them where places are in relation to others). Maps aren’t essential for writing a fantasy book, but I’ve always found having one (however rudimentary) helps give me some kind of focus for the story. You don’t need to have lots of detail – maybe it’s just a map of a local area where your character’s story starts, or maybe it’s a world map with key areas located. There … More How to create a map of your fantasy world

Giving your Character a unique voice

Every character needs a strong, clear voice to help bring the reader into their world. Whether it’s an accent or turn of phrase, every person has a unique way of communicating – the way a person talks can project their internal world to the world at large. A character’s “voice” is their way of interacting with your world and other character’s. It’s a key tool to help with exposition, and sell a character’s POV to a reader. Using certain phrases to make up a character’s voice Phrases are super helpful when trying to weave in exposition. You typically see it … More Giving your Character a unique voice

How to use description in your fantasy novel

At some point, you’re going to have to tell your reader the image you see in your mind. You’ll need to try and capture that image, to the best you can, in your words so that when your reader reads those words, they come up with the same image. At least that is what you would think, right? In his writing book, On Writing, Stephen King goes into this concept a bit more. He describes a scene, in particular the colour of a table cloth, and then goes to explain that the reader would bring their own experience to that … More How to use description in your fantasy novel

Top Tips for creating power structures in your fantasy books

Identifying how power works in your world is important because, let’s be honest, power is what drives society. Who has it, who doesn’t have it, and what those in power do with that power impact swathes of society and the people within it. It constrains some actions and allows others, creating a complex web of rules within which your characters exist. It also provides an opportunity to create conflict in your story – after all creating rules for your characters can help or hinder them towards their goal. If your character is an assassin, for example, are their actions allowed … More Top Tips for creating power structures in your fantasy books

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