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Is the literary genre that deals with magic, magic creatures and imaginary worlds. This tag should be used for any questions relating to fantasy, including formatting, techniques and publishing.

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Tips on how to describe my character using his power

My secondary main character has the power ashes to ashes where he can make his enemy basically start to turn to ash and fade away (think Sandman when he fades away) I write in 3rd person Every ...
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I want to name a fantasy species something, but it's the name of a similar species in WoW. Is that okay?

I came up with a name for a species in my fantasy world, and looked it up to see if it had been used already. Turns out it's the name of a species in WoW. They are both big cats. Am I infringing on ...
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170k debut fantasy story. Is it possible?

This has been a very contradictory topic for me. I've been told that publishers expect fantasy books to be that long but others would tell me that 170k is too long. So far I've been cutting things ...
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How seriously can the wild wild west nature of pro wrestling be taken in a story or fictional world that takes place in a modern setting?

I wanted to take a realistic approach to pro wrestling when it came to world-building. If you are not a fan of pro wrestling, I would tell you that pro wrestling is an insane concept when taken ...
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In a story where magic exists, does magic leave a lot of room for hope and spiritual beliefs?

I'm kind of asking two questions here. One question is about hope and the other is about spiritual beliefs. I like to keep my world grounded in reality. For some reason, I feel like this is super easy ...
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Does transhumanism overlap with traditional superpowers when both share the same settings?

I always thought the superpowers/superhero genre and the supertechnolgy/futuristic genre were two different genres, but I notice that people still considered superpowers to be a part of the whole ...
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When it comes to superhero stories, does the law of cool play a role in hitmen, assassins, and serial killer characters usually not having powers?

In a lot of superhero stories, characters that usually have killer-based gimmicks, the assassin/hitmen or serial killer type of characters, are often portrayed as not having superpowers. The majority ...
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In a superhuman society, would certain threats be underestimated by society?

Batman has an extremely dangerous supervillain gallery. One of those dangerous villains is Victor Zsasz. He is a very dangerous serial killer. Put him in the real world, and Victor Zsasz would be the ...
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Is it an odd concept for a superhero with superhuman powers to use technology/gadgets and also rely on tech?

In fiction, it's usually human superheroes without powers like Batman or Green Arrow, that use tech or depend on tech to make up for their lack of superpowers. Not all metahumans are bulletproof, but ...
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What to expect from the editing process

So I finished my very first novel and decided that I want to get an editor for the manuscript. I found someone offering their services online through a trusted platform and contacted them but now I'm ...
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What are some things to consider when it comes to superpowers and criminal organizations coexisting in the same Superhero world?

Fictional works about criminal organizations, like Scarface, God Father, and Sons of Anarchy. These works are where I get my notes from. I would like to see how superpowers would look in the criminal ...
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Is it odd to overestimate the danger of peak human characters or characters without powers?

What does peak human mean in my world? There are two types of peak humans in my world: physical types and mental types. Physical types are the top tier in skills that involve hand-to-hand combat or ...
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When it comes to superhero stories, would an audience be accepting of a weak character that is superhuman?

I find myself limited or stuck between writing two types of characters. One character type is the Batman type. The type where the hero can be vulnerable to any form of damage and can be taken out ...
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When it comes to superhero stories, particularly the X-Men. Would it be too much to focus on other types of superhumans in the setting?

In most kitchen sink or sandbox worlds like Marvel and DC, the superhumans who got their powers from genetics (i.e. the X gene or DC's Meta gene) seem to be the ones that get the most attention from ...
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Is it odd to have a bunch of characters with unique personalities and gimmicks in one place?

I'm writing a fighting/combat type of story like Bloodsport. In Pro Wrestling companies like the WWE and TNA and also fighting games like Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, and Tekken it's very common for ...
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How do you describe/insert an "uncommon" feature?

We have the typical common hair that's black, brown, yellow, etc. And we can call them brunets, blondes, redheads, and so on. Even with eyes. We call them blue-eyed, brown-eyed, gray, etc. What do you ...
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What is the difference between magical realism story and a low fantasy story?

If you’re creating a real world with fictional powers or magic, when are you creating a low fantasy vs. a magical realism story? Both are in the real world. Where is the line between these types of ...
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Should I start my book with a declaration of undying love between my two protagonists in the very first chapter? [closed]

I know most writers like to save the love for the very end (or at least writers that I've read, let me know if you're familiar with someone who does it my way), but I have a reason why I'm writing it ...
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how do I describe magic in a fictional story? [closed]

In my writing I need to describe a character being enchanted by a spell and pulled towards a house.
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How can I make my story's worldbuilding magical but not too far from realistic?

I was trying to do the world building first since I have lots of decisions that I can't make when I'm creating a character. I'm not sure whether to make it all magical or realistic. I want both. ...
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Where do I draw the line on formalness?

I have been writing a mini fantasy story, and I wrote this line: Ironic, is it not, that the god of joy could never bring joy to themselves? I'm not quite sure whether the 'is it not' and the ...
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How do you decide to include a character if you have other characters similar to them? Or when they feel not complete or appropriate for the story?

I had an idea for 2 siblings, an older brother and a younger sibling. The older one is a somewhat arrogant man, but loves his younger sibling. The younger sibling has a puppet that talks to them or ...
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Is using Swahili inspired vocabulary and words similar to Japanese slang in my custom language cultural appropriation?

For context the species using my language are non-human with mostly human characteristics. This extraterrestrial race is called the Ilya and they differ from humans in the way that they evolved to be ...
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What Test of Intelligence can an Emperor use to decide his successor among his three daughter heirs? [closed]

So, I'm writing a piece of fiction where there is a King with three daughters. In order to decide who becomes the next Queen, he sets three trials. Trials of Heart, Mind and Might. I'm done with the ...
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How to make a fight scene that is not bland? [duplicate]

I am a novice writer. Recently, I decided to write an action fantasy story but I just realized how bad I am when it comes to fighting scenes. I was struggling to create a good fighting scene that won'...
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My protagonist is using a different name at the beginning of the book, but changes half-way through. How should I write the dialogue tags?

My protagonist is living under a curse, with added amnesia, making her have a false name. Halfway through the book, she learns what her real name is and chooses to become that person again, with all ...
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Where can I get critiques on my Query?

I've written the query for my novel (YA fantasy, ~90k), but I'm having a hard time finding people to critique it. Query Shark is there, but she's REALLY hard to get critiqued by. I tried the subreddit ...
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How do I write about witches and wizards and have child/teen protagonists without copying Harry Potter? [duplicate]

I am planning on writing a story about witches and wizards and I want to have child and teen protagonists, but not copy Harry Potter too much. One of the ways I thought of doing this is by having ...
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How to write a character who has the ability to manipulate diamagnetism? [closed]

I am trying to adapt a character who has Diamagnetic Manipulation abilities (https://powerlisting.fandom.com/wiki/Diamagnetism_Manipulation) into my own universe. Although I know superpowers do not ...
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How to make human characters turned into monsters devolve and abandon their humanity?

TL;DR: How can I psychologically justify why relatively normal (i.e., non-sociopathic) human beings that have turned into monsters (like vampires or werewolves) devolve into feral beasts or vicious ...
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I want to write a magical story about witches and wizards but not make it like harry potter [closed]

I want the premise to be that throughout the 20th century, witches and wizards have faced a steep decline in numbers and due to the Cold War, secrecy has become more important, but with the fast ...
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Good resource for medieval customs/vocabulary?

I’m writing a fantasy novel that, though not strictly set in medieval times, certainly draws quite a bit of customs, vocabulary, etc., from medieval times, specifically medieval England. Up until now, ...
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How do I accurately write a prologue, which also works as a character introduction chapter?

I'm in the process of writing my prologue for my book, but it's going to also introduce the main characters. Long story short, the main Character, Devoss, goes into a magical forest to prove himself, ...
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Can I use pre-existing mythological characters in a story that isn't about any mythology?

I'm writing a fantasy story where I want to incorporate various pantheons of mythology, without having them actually belonging to any pantheon. Is that possible? I mean. I like the idea. But is it ...
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How do I describe an accent from our world in a non-Earth fictional world?

In my writing, I feel it can give a character distinction if they have an accent; our main character(s) have an American accent, but the newly-introduced one of them has an Irish accent. My problem, ...
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How do I describe a transformation? [closed]

In my story, my main character, a young man named Irian in an industrial human society, is captured, and transformed by merfolk into one of their kind (very standard merfolk, his legs are replaced ...
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Have merpeople been depicted this way in a story before?

Basically, I'm wondering if there's a fantasy novel or series of novels that has already met these broad characteristics. As I was considering ideas for a novel, I noticed that the mythical creature ...
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What are ways to develop a leadership character arc or a character becoming an unexpected leader? [closed]

Good morning! I have a character in my novel who I would like to start out as unsure of her place in the group but develops into one of the leaders if not the leader. The setting is post-apocalyptic ...
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Should I use real world names for specific objects in my fantasy world based on history? [duplicate]

I'm in planning stages of a war fantasy story that is based on specific historical events in Burma, and I've kind of hit a wall when thinking about how close to make the fantasy world to the real ...
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Writing confusion in a character who transports to a new world without sounding annoying

I'm writing a fantasy story in which a character accidentally travels into an unfamiliar fantasy coded world. However, I'm finding it difficult to find the voice for this character during this ...
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Which factors do we need to count to evaluate the standards of short story?

I like writing suspense-based short stories similar to this one on Wattpad, but I don’t know how to assess if my writing is good or meets the expectations of the suspense genre, or if my stories ...
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I want to explain something in a novel that shouldn’t exist in it

In my novel, the world is made entirely out of islands, but I don’t know how to explain this without using the word islands. In that world, there are only islands so they are just called countries. ...
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I struggle to make characters emote during dialogue

I often find myself with two (or more) characters speaking, and too often my descriptions would be "he paused," "he sighed," "he rubbed the bridge of his nose," etc. Too ...
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After a line of dialogue, if an action is taking that does not change the POV but slightly alters it be a new paragraph or be in the same one?

what I mean by altering the path is like from this context to: we walked to her house Here is the context: "Let's go to your house." I said "Ok." she mumbled down looking at the ...
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How would I ease into a transportation to another world?

I'm writing my own fantasy book. In it, the characters get transported to another world. How would I go about doing that? I don't want it to be a sudden boom, you're there, and I don't want a dream ...
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How do you release significant tension in one outburst?

In my fantasy novel(very simplified version) my protagonist is a slave boy who is dragged into a crew of powerful beings because he is being hunted by the tyrant government(he is impure of blood and ...
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How to describe races/ethnicities in setting where corresponding geographic locations do not exist?

In English, the common name for some racial or ethnic groups is a fairly neutral English word (e.g. white, black...). Others, however, are named only by reference to a geographic point of origin (e.g. ...
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How do I create better suspense?

I am writing my first legitimate fantasy (all the other fantasies I have written are short stories or practice.) The biggest roadblock for me is creating suspense and tension. All of the points where ...
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How do you continue developing characters in an urban fantasy/portal fantasy after the initial arc of adapting to the supernatural wears off?

This question is very similar to this one, but I felt it was distinct enough that it was worth asking as a separate question. In a lot of fantasy and science-fiction stories that are nominally set in ...
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When should one of my four main characters die?

I'm writing a book series (I may or may not publish it, not sure) that I'd like to have as 5 books long. I have four main characters, and I want part of the story to be three of them dealing with the ...
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