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How to start a fantasy story: 6 intriguing ways

Learn how to start a fantasy story and create intrigue. Read examples from great fantasy novelists, plus the insights they share:

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Mythical creatures list: 6 fantasy inspirations

Authors through the ages have found story inspiration in mythical creatures. From fauns and mermaids to the more unfamiliar, here is a mythical creatures list (with examples from books) to inspire your own fiction:

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What the best fantasy series teach us: 7 lessons

The best fantasy series offer many lessons in building magical worlds and fantastical escapades. Read 7 lessons from series by Le Guin, Tolkien, Pratchett, Lewis and others:

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Elements of fantasy: Writing a more magical story

What makes a fantasy story? Our first instinct might be to answer ‘magic’ – spells, mythical beasts, potions. Yet fantasy contains multiple key elements. Read the following simple breakdown of elements of the fantasy genre and tips to write magical, fantastical tales:

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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’:

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Fantasy book writing: 7 tips for captivating high fantasy

The fantasy genre endures for many reasons. It transports us to other worlds, stimulating the imagination. It draws on powerful archetypes and symbols. Read 7 tips for writing captivating high fantasy:

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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 … Read More

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How the future will impact your fantasy story characters

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. Here are some thoughts on creating a fantasy world that conveys a strong sense of time and its passage:

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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 favorite authors’ helpful writing quotes, categorized by subject from ‘anti-hero’ to ‘YA’. Use the links below to jump to your favorite section. Share on social media and let us know in the comments section which are your favorites:

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