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Fantasy writing is one of the most popular genres on Now Novel. Read our best blog posts for fantasy writers below. Get tips on how to build fantasy worlds, how to create fantasy characters, magic systems, mythologies and more. Also read advice from major fantasy authors such as J.K. Rowling and J.R.R. Tolkien on how to write a book because their fantasy novels continue to sell and find new readers.

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How to write fantasy series: Do’s and Don’ts

Fantasy series such as George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and Rowling’s bestselling Harry Potter series still win over new generations of fans. How can you also write a successful series, avoiding clichés of the genre? Here’s how to write fantasy series, the ‘do’s’ and the ‘don’ts’: (more…)

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Fantasy book writing: 7 tips for captivating high fantasy

Why is fantasy book writing popular with aspiring authors of all ages? Some possible reasons: Nostalgia for childhood make-believe The mystery and allure of magical phenomena The major commercial success of many fantasy authors (J.K. Rowling, Terry Pratchett, J. R. R. Tolkien and George R. R. Martin, to name only a few) There are many fantasy […]

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Structuring a novel - 7 essential elements of structure

Structuring a novel: 7 vital elements

Why is structuring a novel crucial? It puts in place the footholds you need to reach the finish. There are so many different ways of approaching structure in a novel that it can seem overwhelming. Regardless of what method of creating a structure for your book you find easiest, there are seven essential elements that […]

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How the future will impact your fantasy story characters

Science fiction writers are praised for imagining the future with great foresight. Understanding the long-term cause and effect of events in your fantasy world will help you also give readers a more complex and vivid mental picture. Your novel will be grounded in a vivid, complex history. This breadth of vision has implications for your […]

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How to start a fantasy story and avoid common mistakes

Ever wonder how to start a fantasy story and avoid common mistakes novice fantasy writers make? Here are five tips on what to avoid so your fantasy book will be more likely to appeal to die-hard fans of the genre: 1. Cut out clichés in your fantasy worldbuilding Many modern commercial fantasy novels lie on foundations […]

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Helpful writing quotes: An A to Z of authors’ advice

This week we’ve put together an A to Z of our favourite authors’ helpful writing quotes, categorised by subject from ‘anti-hero’ to ‘YA’. Use the links below to jump to your favourite section. Share on social media and let us know in the comments section which are your favourites: Jump to Section: A;   B;   C; […]

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Writing a fantasy novel - 34 must-visit websites

Writing a fantasy novel: 34 must-visit websites

Writing a fantasy novel involves many considerations: Worldbuilding, avoiding clichés of the genre, using popular elements such as magic originally and more. These 34 must-visit fantasy writing resources will help you with every aspect from creating fantasy maps to naming your fantasy characters. General advice on worldbuilding Many fantasy writers working on their first (or even second […]

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Plotting a novel series? Plan your world and characters

Plotting a novel series involves planning longer character and story arcs and creating a fictional world that will sustain multiple books. Your readers should want to keep reading about your world and your characters across multiple books and, ideally, many years. Here are some ways you can encourage this response in your writing: Make sure that […]

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Creating fantasy worlds: Social critique

Creating fantasy worlds: Social critique

Creating fantasy worlds can be an excellent means for social critique because writers have the opportunity to imagine worlds that are entirely different from our own. This allows highlighting its quirks and issues through contrast and similarity. Here’s why it is important for writers to do so and how you can address issues you care […]

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How to write a villain: Writing a more human antagonist

Characters are what drive the reader to care about what happens in your story. If your readers can relate to your characters or at least recognise familiar real world human traits in their behaviour, your story will be a more vivid read. Learning how to write a villain that your readers can understand as a […]

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