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Romance/Love: January 18, 2023 Issue [#11762]

 This week: Fantasy with a dash of Romance
  Edited by: Lonewolf
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2. A Word from our Sponsor
3. Letter from the Editor
4. Editor's Picks
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About This Newsletter

Fantasy-type stories are worlds filled with wonderful journeys and great adventures but does there really need to be another story with all the typical things like fire-breathing dragons, magical all-powerful swords, and the Prince getting his Princess? Yes! However, don't fall into the trap of what has been done before. There are always new ways to do things to make your romantic fantasy story fresh. Here are some tips that may help.

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Fantasy implies an act of creative imagination. That is great for you as a writer. You are writing a story and building a new world. Your world. Absolutely anything is possible! 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 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 a 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. You are the creator of a 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.

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 different, yet rewarding for your readers. Let yourself loose, try different things, and see where they lead.

Editor's Picks

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 Peer Pressure  (13+)
Donna finally convinced her sister to take her to a party. But the snacks were a bit much
#2271813 by Mrgoblinking7

 Forces of Nature  (18+)
Heaven and Earth will converge to bring about a joy that is meant to be.
#2274501 by Ophelia Mae Hancock

 The Queen of Ethagald  (E)
A simple message, delivered to the Elven Queen, could ruin a man forever.
#2264195 by K. John LaSabre

A Variegation  (13+)
After years of estrangement, Vetle seeks a reconciliation with his wife.
#2270117 by K Renée (on the road)

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