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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

The Purpose of an Antagonist

If you’ve read anything about character building, you’ve probably heard about the term “antagonist” before. You might even know who in your book is going to be set up to be the antagonist, but you might not know where to start with building them. This is where understanding the purpose of an antagonist in your story is important. If you can understand what the purpose is of your antagonist, then you can start building traits and scenes which help support their wider role in the story. If you’re still on your first draft of your story, this might be something … More The Purpose of an Antagonist

What to consider when creating writing goals

Setting goals is an integral part of any good writing habit. You need something to both aim for and to keep a level of consistency in your habit. However, goals are only as good as you use them, so here are three top tips to use when setting writing goals. Set a goal that is achievable Whatever goal you choose to set, make sure it is achievable. This means you have to be completely honest with yourself and the other pressures on your time. It’s okay if this means your goal is not as high or as fast as others … More What to consider when creating writing goals

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