In 2018, it feels like anyone who takes the time and commitment to do something they’ve always dreamed of doing can accomplish it. There are Gen Zers as young as 18 doing business on Instagram and using all the right Instagram Tools, and business leaders who have dreamed of it for years are finally going remote, using ACH payments to pay their employees. Writers are taking on the online world by becoming content writers and bloggers, and many of them are publishing ebooks, putting their book’s destiny into their own hands. And you’ve been inspired by this, which is why you’re thinking of writing a fantasy novel.
After all, fantasy is a genre that everyone loves. Especially now with shows like Game of Thrones being so popular, you love the idea of writing one. But you aren’t exactly sure where to start. Luckily, here are some tips that’ll help you embark on one of the greatest journeys of your life: writing your first fantasy book.
Read your favorite authors--and some new ones, too
A world of fantasy is an amazing place. It’s a place to get lost in, a distant land where values are different than they are in our modern world, and where almost anything can happen. Whether it’s Tolkien that first inspired you, or J.K. Rowling (who was successful enough to make $95 million between June 2016-17), you vividly remember every detail. Every character you met, and the way the language magically captured each place perfectly. And if you want to write something like that, it’s important to read the authors you love most. While you’re doing this, jot down some notes about what they do well when it comes to character development, structure (including structure analyses of chapters), dialogue, and language.