Questions tagged [fantasy]

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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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 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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Avoid blending Fantasy and Sci Fi

In the world I'm writing, there's a decent amount of magic - mages, spells, healing, etc. There's also a few aspects - hoverboards, strength/speed enhancing experiments - that don't quite fit into 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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Do Fantasy novels have less readership than a Realistic Fiction novel?

Am I right in assuming that a fantasy book will garner much less interest than a realistic fiction novel? On one hand, fantasy has its own market of readers that are always looking for new, great ...
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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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What are some signs of a chosen one nebulous enough that they can be mistaken?

The setup: We have a fantasy world. A while back (like, 30-100 years; not really sure yet) a prophecy was given that basically outlined a chosen one. More specifically it outlines a reincarnate of a ...
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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 to describe a character waking up in an alternate world?

So I am a new writer and I am working on a fantasy novel. One of the main characters is Nolan. He is a boy that was born on another planet but was sent to Earth as a baby. When he is 18, a person ...
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How to make the first lines of my novel attractive and hooking?

I am currently writing a fiction/fantasy/horror novel, and I have only written some pages. I have published the first part of the novel especially for this question. How can I make my first lines ...
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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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Is it copyright infringement to have a character too similiar to an already existing character?

I have an idea for a book where several characters acquire elemental powers after dying and being resurrected; their powers all reflect the manner in which they died. One of the characters acquires ...
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What are readers ACTUALLY interested in when it comes to character?

I am writing fantasy. When I look up "what authors should know about their characters" I get advice like "know what you character fears", "know your character's central ...
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How can I diversify the personalities of supernatural predators?

I'm working on an urban fantasy story that has a species of monsters that regularly prey on human beings, as in many, many other settings (e.g., various monsters in Buffy/Supernatural/The Dresden ...
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Writing Science Fantasy: Problems with oversaturation of weird?

I have been thinking of writing a Science Fantasy novel, basically a world with both magic and not currently invented science. I have concerns that it might just have too much fantasy, too much ...
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What if you want to write two separate books at once?

I am a young author writing a fantasy series, and while browsing writing prompts and trying to better my writing yesterday, I got an idea for another, totally different series. I am in love with the ...
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Should a conlang be translated?

Diving (OK, dove) into conlanging for a novel I'm working on. The conlang is atmospheric and allows for some subplot intrigue, but it's not absolutely essential to the story. I've got basic grammar, ...
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How do I create interesting races, creatures, and monsters based off of Italian folklore?

So I am mapping out a story, and I came to a part where I needed races. I decided to base them off of Italian folklore, as interesting as it is. How could I create creatures, races, and monsters based ...
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How do you realistically create a breakup/betrayal scene?

This happens in a war setting. I have a female protagonist who, in her childhood, met a prince who was banished and felt betrayed. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the female lead decided to help the ...
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Is magical factions story too similar to Harry Potter?

I have and idea for a story where everybody has magical potential and at a certain age they must choose a style of magic of where they will base their learning from. Is this too similar to Harry ...
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How do you set a prologue in the present and then chapter 1 is like 5 months before?

Do you just put it like Prologue Present Day And then Chapter 1 Chapter Title 5 Months Earlier Or am I missing something?
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Should I use pre-existing names for mythical creatures, or make up my own names?

I'm researching about different mythical creatures for my book, and I want to use Nymphs in it, there are different types of them such as mountain nymphs and sea nymphs. In Greek mythology they have ...
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What should I do in this situation?

I get most of my ideas for my novels by watching anime, or listening to the anime op or just music - the idea doesn't always be related to anime but it gives me an idea and with music and anime op, I ...
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Is my magical item too cliche?

I hope that this question follows the rules. One of my characters has a kalimba that, when played, allows the player to hear the thoughts of everyone around them, and everyone around them can hear the ...
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How do I have my protagonist learn their lesson without pausing the plot?

I am writing a fantasy series where the protagonist's main flaw is that she feels she doesn't deserve happiness. In the mid point, the protagonist and the antagonist come face-to-face and the ...
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Linear beginning or flash-forwards? [duplicate]

I'm writing this fantasy story that focuses on two main characters. The story was supposed to start with the male protagonist. So, in the first four chapters or so, we get to know his current ...
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How to make a story entertaining with an almost invincible character?

I'm writing this fantasy story with the MC slowly transforming into a non-human being. Which makes him invulnerable... Or at least quite resistant. The problem is that I'm still not fully sure which ...
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When to place flashbacks?

I would like to use flashbacks in my novel. I am not sure when to place them - in the middle of a chapter, at the end of a chapter, as a chapter on its own. What are the advantages and common usages ...
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How to handle the fear of people making porn parodies of my female characters? [closed]

I am writing a story for a video game. For the story, I created a male lead but have some female characters. I love their personality, traits, etc. It makes them very fun and interesting. However, I ...
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Would it be acceptable to write demonic possession as a form of rape?

Being possessed by a foreign entity seems very tame in the stories where I have seen it. The event doesn't have the gravity that I feel it should, and the person usually goes back to living a normal ...
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How to trick the reader into thinking they're following a redshirt instead of the protagonist?

I'm currently planning a "magical girl" story, and I thought of an interesting way to start it, rather than launching straight into the backstory. It opens with a woman in her mid-thirties, complete ...
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How do I make a timid, introverted protagonist sympathetic and likable?

People like proactivity and boldness. Indeed, this has been suggested to be why readers are often drawn to charismatic villains over heros, people are more drawn to the proactive, goal-oriented ...
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Is my story too similar to others?

I'm writing a story about these detectives that are mythical creatures and go on a journey to save the five (or is it six I can't remember) realms. Some of the things I'm concerned about are: "...
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How Do I Compress Multiple Novels' Worth of Plot, Characters, and Worldbuilding into One?

I have been working on worldbuilding, plotting out, and writing characters for a science-fantasy series for over 4 years now, and I feel the time has come to take another stab at writing the actual ...
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Is my novel too short?

This is my first time trying to write a book, and I usually just plow through stories so fast that it ends up being like 50 pages. I'm at 73 pages right now, wordcount being a bit over 10,000. It's ...
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Will changing a protagonist into an antagonist alienate readers?

It's really hard for me to write questions here without giving a complete info dump on my story. Every time I start to explain my problem, I find myself writing an entire synopsis. This is my third ...
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Is it necessary to include humans in a world to make the world seem more grounded and realistic?

I am making a continent for a RPG that I am planning to run. I am currently running one on a different continent in the same world. That world has Humans, Elves, Dwarves, Halfings and a handful of ...
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When using mythology in your writing, can you change certain small aspects of some myths to fit into your story?

I'm writing a book that takes place in modern day but also involves the Greek gods and goddesses and Greek mythology. Is it frowned upon to change a small part of a certain myth to make it fit into ...
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Could Abridged-Series-Style Comedy Fit a Fantasy Series?

Minus the obvious tropes like 4th-wall-breaking, pop culture references, or lampooning the source material that wouldn’t be usable in a serious novel, would you still be able to take a fantasy novel ...
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Powers with unknown limits vs ones full of rules, limits and reasons?

I'm in a dilemma: I don't want my characters to have flawless, limitless and bad-consequence-less powers, but I also don't want to have my creativity limited by such rules and limits. In my case, it's ...
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Is Ice/Fire opposition too stereotypical?

I'm writing a story where a secondary story-line (it's about a companion of the main character) is basically about a fire mage and an ice mage. It fits well in the story and the fire/ice elements aren'...
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Two magical realities, ours isn't one of them. How do I stop my readers from getting confused?

I'm writing a story with a world that has different physics, alchemy rather than chemistry, and biology that relies somewhat on magic. The protagonist is not of this world, however he is not of our ...
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How to demonstrate an evolution of magic without it seeming like it is improvised?

I'm writing a fantasy novel, in which the story progresses over a number of years. Throughout the story, I want to display an evolution of the magic, much like technology evolves in our world. The ...
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Advantages of a realistic magic system

I always see good critics about Kingskiller Chronicles realistic magic system. But I cant stop wondering... "Why do people like it? Is it because its more human and more close to reality?" Stranger ...
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Can I copy an existing magic system?

Is it fine for me to copy the magic system of another author if every other aspect (story,plot,etc.) of my fantasy story is my own design? For instance, can I use bending from Avatar: The Last ...
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Gratuitous use of magic: poor writing and/or unenjoyable?

Many of my characters, main, side, and recurring all have a suite of magic abilities. So will them constantly using magic be annoying? Will it make the magic stale? What tips should I follow and what ...

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