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Writing a Fantasy Series. Jun 06, 2021

Bestselling Fantasy Author Tricia Levenseller explains:

  1. Start with a hero or heroine (make them a fierce badass  i.e. a girl monster slayer)
  2. Pick your sub-genre (i.e. high fantasy, urban fantasy, dystopian, sword and sorcery, dark fantasy...)
  3. Forget about what the market wants and write for you
  4. Have your cake and eat it; combine the things you love your way
  5. Build a world that works for your combo
  6. Drive the plot according to your main character's overt and covert wants and needs
  7. 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.)
  8. 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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