One of the hardest things about writing Fantasy is trying to create a rich, multifaceted world with intriguing amounts of depth. You can write for literally years getting lost in the minutia of creating a fantasy world but ebook readers like their content to come fast and furious. For this reason a lot of writers create one world and stick to it for as long as humanly possible. Still there are a few tips I’ve discovered to help make weaving the intricate threads of your world together a little easier.
First, accept that it’s going to take some time. I’d recommend at least a year’s worth of time spent in research and just taking notes. Your story will seem richer if you spend as much time as possible living in the fantasy world you’re going to create. You want to see it go through all of it’s seasons, holidays and environmental changes and the easiest way to do that is to take down notes as you go through their real life equivalent.
Once you know the key races, cultures, holidays, lands, naming schemes, etc etc etc for your story you’re going to have a mountain of notes and ideas. One of the most important things you can do is get organized early and stay organized the whole way through. It doesn’t matter if you’re the type that organizes by throwing all the relevant items for a particular race into a box and not looking at it ever again, or if you’re the type of person that takes copious color coded notes – decide what you’re going to do and stick with it. Last thing you’re going to want is to decide a month or two in that you need to drop what your doing at the moment so you can reorganize your entire system. Remember, writers block isn’t just about staring at that blank page, it’s finding yourself neck deep in meaningless chores that only detract from your actual writing time.
Spend time throughout the year exploring all the angles. Go ahead and indulge yourself thinking up the birthday rituals of the blind warriors of the craggy depths. You might not encounter these blind warriors, and their penchant for gifting each elaborate garments each embossed with well wishes from their entire village meant to be worn only in battle, in your first book but when you do find an occasion to mention it you’ll be overjoyed to have fully fleshed out the idea before hand saving yourself time in crafting the culture of the moment off the cuff.
Hopefully those three tips will prove as invaluable for you all as they have for me. Whatever else, remember, get writing and keep writing until the thing is done!
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