The Novelry Blog
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Bestselling Fantasy Author Tricia Levenseller explains:
- Start with a hero or heroine (make them a fierce badass i.e. a girl monster slayer)
- Pick your sub-genre (i.e. high fantasy, urban fantasy, dystopian, sword and sorcery, dark fantasy...)
- Forget about what the market wants and write for you
- Have your cake and eat it; combine the things you love your way
- Build a world that works for your combo
- Drive the plot according to your main character's overt and covert wants and needs
- Add the familiar fantasy element or trope - literally pick a preference: (i.e the chosen one, the dark lord, talking animals, the mentor, medieval magic (unicorns, elves etc.)
- Divide the quest, story or quite literally the map of the world into parts
When I decided to try writing a book for the first time, I’d been given this horrible piece of advice: write what you know. I was seventeen years old. I didn’t know what I was doing, only that I had a love of books and reading. For a...
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