If you’ve started to think about writing your own fantasy story but are struggling to get to grips with the overall arc, a great way to get started is by writing short stories set in the world you’re trying to create. This is something of a tried and tested method, in fact, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote plenty of them before he started work on his first story set in Middle Earth, The Hobbit. If it’s good enough for the father of fantasy, it’s good enough for you buddy! Try picking a few characters you’ve already thought up and write a story set in their past. Before you know it, you’ll not only be coming up with other characters, but you’ll be building up the world around them as well as its history too. Write them with the intention of not including them in your book, this will give you the freedom to write what you wish and who knows maybe you can think about including it later.
Outline Your Plot
Fantasy epics contain a ton of storylines, it can be hard to keep track as a reader so as you can imagine it can be even harder keeping up as a writer. We are only human and trust me it’s easy to forget where you left some characters let alone where their story is heading. It can be a daunting task to write one of these books so start by plotting out the bare bones of your primary story. Let this serve as a skeleton for the plot and from this you can work out who is going where and doing what. The more you plan the easier your life will be when it comes to writing. It’s also just more enjoyable so you will remain motivated whilst writing, after all isn’t that why you started this thing? Remember once you have completed the book you will have to go through several rewrites before it’s truly completed, any plot holes can also be corrected here should you have missed them in your planning.
Use Your World in Your Plot
Often when writing fantasy, you’ll be creating a world to set your story in, even if it’s transforming the world that we already live in. Whether you’re building your own Tatooine or Hogwarts you want to use this setting to influence your story, after all the setting can be a character itself, influencing the tale you tell. Take again for example A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin is excellent at using his surrounds to create plot points. Take his giant wall made of ice that separates the North and South of Westeros from each other, this is such a huge part of the story in this series spawning countless stories through one simple piece of architecture. He also uses the change of seasons to create further large plot points, after all we all know that “winter is coming”. In order to make the most of your world ask yourself, what sets it apart?