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Help with fantasy novel

Discussion in 'World Building' started by kikyo, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. kikyo

    kikyo Dreamer

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    What key elements does every good fantasy novel have?

    xoxo,
    Kikyo
     
  2. Rkcapps

    Rkcapps Sage

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    what's in a vegetable soup? Whatever you like. As a staple I'd suggest dragons and magic but it's entirely a matter of preference.
     
  3. kikyo

    kikyo Dreamer

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    I have magic in my novel, however I do need to do some research to see if dragons exist in Egyptian culture.
     
  4. CupofJoe

    CupofJoe Myth Weaver

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    I suppose you can start with what the Egyptian culture you are interested in does have, and how that can be made fantastical...
    Didn't they, at one time, believe that a giant dung beetle pushed the sun through the sky?
     
  5. elemtilas

    elemtilas Inkling

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    Most important number one element that every good fantasy novel has: a good story to tell!

    Other key elements include: a map and a well crafted story to go with that map.

    Key elements to avoid: not having a good story to tell a/o telling a good story very poorly.

    Also, making up a half-baked relexification of English and pretending it's an actual language. Making languages is a specialist job. If you don't know how to make a language, leave that aspect out of your story, or better still, hire someone that knows what they're doing to make the language for you.

    Oh, and not having a map!
     
  6. Michael K. Eidson

    Michael K. Eidson Archmage

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    From 5 Essential Elements Every Fantasy Novel Needs - Writer's Edit:

    1. Magic system
    2. Well-developed setting
    3. Cast of complex characters
    4. Central conflict
    5. Power structure/system of government

    That's in general. It depends on the sub-genre you're writing in as to what key elements readers will expect from your fantasy novel. That's why it's important to read in the specific sub-genre you're writing in, so you know what those key elements are.
     
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