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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Use your imagination and be creative :

Fantasy is one of the most exciting and hardest genre’s to write in my opinion. You have so many directions in which your story can go and there are so many important decisions that you will have to make.

Say you want to write a story about vampires. There are now a million kinds of vampires that you can choose from or you have the choice to make your own. Same goes for practically every magical creature out there. It’s all up to you to choose what you like and what you think will go with your plot the best.

The biggest thing that you need to remember when writing fantasy, besides having good grammar, pacing and characters, is that you need to be creative in all aspects of the story. The plot needs to be something new and unique, unlike anything that we’ve ever read before and you need to let your imagination run wild.

Don’t think about what makes sense but rather what doesn’t make sense while still making sense. Confused? Good. Your imagination doesn’t always make sense, but if it gives you this great idea that you don’t quite get, then just go with it and if it doesn’t work of, who cares? There’s still a billion more ideas out there just waiting for your mind to discover.

And if you have a hard time coming up with ideas, then look at pictures. I know it sounds silly, but pictures are the biggest source of inspiration. But if you don’t want to spend all day looking at pictures on your computer, watch movies and listen to music. They are also two big reasons that my head is swimming with plot bunnies. Or just sit there with your eyes closed in a quiet place and let the ideas flow to you.

- Kailyn