Writing a Fantasy Book – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (except for the main character of course).

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Wow, so I haven’t been on here for a while, huh? A lot of personal things have been going on in my life and I haven’t had the time to write a post, but today I opened up my google docs and actually wrote something! I started writing in my fantasy book that I started before NaNoWriMo (which I didn’t finish because of said personal reasons). 

SO today I wanted to talk about my fantasy book and what I’m really loving, what I’m hating, and the way I want the book to go. I know that I want this to be at least a trilogy. I know I have to finish drafting, but all my brain wants to do right now is edit. I have around fifty pages and not to toot my own horn but… I’m really proud of those fifty pages. Compared to my NaNoWriMo crap I wrote, this is molten gold. My characters are listening, the prince is being as attractive and hot as he should, the words are flowing easily, and this book is my favorite thing right now.

Even my foreshadowing is going amazingly, which is quite rare because most of the time I don’t even know where the plot is going or who my characters are and what they want. I know these characters want freedom and to live so getting them to that point is my goal, but not without torturing them first (insert evil wink here). Another thing I’m loving is that one of my characters is a pretty terrible person and lives a bad life and stuff and I was rereading my writing in this book and reading what he has done genuinely made me sick, which means I did my job good.

So now I guess I should go over what I’m hating.  At the moment of writing this, I’m hating the fact that I can’t just print out the 300-page novel and start editing it and cutting stuff and adding stuff and marking all over it with a sharpie. Sadly that’s not how writing works and I need to actually write the novel before editing it. What also sucks is the fact that I have an idea for an epic murder mystery/stranger things type book without super cool aliens, but I don’t want to be working on two projects at once. I want to focus on my fantasy book and just get it done and published, which I know is such a long time away. I also know that I’m going to get stuck pretty soon in this book and not know what direction to take it in because there really is a lot I can do with the characters and the world I’ve created.

Another thing I wanted to go over was how outlining and planning can so help when writing a fantasy. When I got the first sliver of an idea for this book, I was ecstatic and wanted to just start writing it right away, but I didn’t even have the main characters name, and once I did I immediately wanted to write it, but I stopped myself. That was one of the best things I did for the sake of this book. I didn’t realize how much world building was really needed to make this book successful, and I didn’t realize how much my character didn’t need to be in an orphanage, but instead a prison. The book would be a huge flop without that vital detail that I realized during the outlining and planning process. I also realized a ton of other huge plot facts (that helped me with foreshadowing) but I won’t bring them up here because that would include spoilers. Let’s just say there were some vital details that were needed.

I was also proud of my world building and how most of my characters are not exactly human. I’ve almost never delved into that sort of species bending writing, and I’m enjoying it, except for the fact that I always forget that my main girl character has wings and that she needs special clothes for them (that’s when it gets a bit annoying), but doing the research was actually super fun! Learning about these different animals was so exciting and I loved taking notes on them (except for when I accidentally saw two wolves mating). Before I started writing I had to actually draw a map and decide where I wanted certain forests and docks and cities instead of having it all jam-packed in my brain. So, I would totally recommend writing a map and basic outline before writing a book, but especially a high fantasy book.

Thanks for reading my high fantasy rant post! In return, I shall give you a basic crappy cover I made using some free iPhone apps and where you can read the first couple chapters. (ALSO THIS IS A TEMP NAME I KNOW IT’S TERRIBLE.)

Link to first two chapters: https://www.wattpad.com/474666938-the-gem-of-varg-chapter-one-noor

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