|Romance/Love: June 10, 2020 Issue [#10217]|
This week: Romantic Fantasy Edited by: Lonewolf
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Fantasy stories can be worlds filled with wonderful journeys and great adventures but does the world really need another story with all the typical things like fire-breathing dragons, magical all-powerful swords, and the Prince getting his Princess. Don't fall into the trap of what has been done before. Here are some tips that will help you write a Fantasy Romance story that is different, new, and maybe even better.
Fantasy implies an act of creative imagination. That is great for you as a writer. You are writing a story and building a world. And it is your world. Absolutely anything applies! Write anything you want to write. Don't be boxed in by traditional rules of fantasy. You are in control of everything and nobody can tell you otherwise. Let loose and just see where your imagination takes you.
And this doesn't just apply to the characters, world and story. This also applies to the rules of writing. Want to write your whole novel in a new language that only one-eyed centaurs speak? Go with it and see where it takes you. Want your story to jump around in time-spanning ten thousand years? How about writing it in an epic poem style or from varying points of view? This is your world. Write it any way you want to. Don't be afraid to explore the mechanics of writing in new ways. If you have this nagging feeling that you should be writing a certain way then why aren't you?
Time doesn't have to plod along at the usual pace. If you have been writing for a while you have become a bit sensitive to time, and you probably already tinker with it. Does a two-minute sword fight take two minutes to read? Nope. The basic rules of time need not apply to your writing. Want to write your whole novel in the one-minute lifespan of some type of fantasy creature? I think it would be fun and challenging.
Just because you are writing something new and creative doesn't mean you shouldn't have any discipline. You are still writing for people. And people have expectations. That means there has to be a certain logic and sense in your world. You have to lay out rules in a way that the reader will understand and accept as natural.
So, don't find yourself falling into the trap of just coming up with something to solve a situation or crisis. One of the worse things you can do is just all of a sudden grant your main character the ability to cast a spell that solves a problem. Don't bend your rules to make your story work. Layout your rules then work within them.
With a little bit of imagination, you can come up with a world and a story that is totally different, yet totally rewarding for your readers. Let yourself loose, try different things, and see where they lead.
You are the creator of a totally new world and just about anything goes. Just make sure you temper it with some discipline so it makes sense, and above all else don't forget the romance.
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