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Q&A Avoiding racist tropes in fantasy

I'm interested in starting a pleasure project: a fantasy story, along the lines of a witch delivering a prophecy to a king about a dangerous and deceitful foe who will overthrow him, and the king e...

9 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by weakdna says reinstate monica‭  ·  last activity 5mo ago by James McLellan‭

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Q&A Time measures in fantasy worlds

I wonder, what could be a good way to provide time measures in a fantasy universe. I don't mean the calendar which is covered in the question: Out of this world... Giving it time?, but measures lik...

5 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Darek Wędrychowski‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Canina‭

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Q&A Maintaining distance

I am working on a novel inspired by the Shahnameh - a Persian epic poem by Abul-Qâsem Ferdowsi. The Shahnameh (the title means "The Book of Kings") is structured as a series of interconnected tales...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Galastel‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A How do I introduce dark themes?

My story involves a superhuman organization that aims to overthrow the main government, through any means necessary. This involves murder and some rather gruesome deaths. Additionally, there might ...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by overlord - Reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Mark Baker‭

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Q&A How to convey the anatomy of a humanoid race?

I am writing a extra-terrestrial high fantasy novel. The story is completely set in an alien world. No visits from Earth and no visits to Earth. My characters are humanoids, who look like elves...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Sangeetha‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by DPT‭

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Q&A Is the genre 'fantasy' still fantasy without magic?

Is writing fantasy novel with no mages, witches, wizards or anything remotely magical a waste of time? Can it still be classified as fantasy?

9 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Chagat Nahn‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Mark Baker‭

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Q&A The concept of "Exotic Culture" and the necessity of a new world

A personal point of view on the necessity of a new culture in fiction "A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away", "Pandora", "Dune", "Middle Earth". All quite different worlds compared to ours, b...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by M.N.Raia‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Mark Baker‭

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Q&A Letting a (secondary) antagonist leave mid story - Should it be avoided?

I have a powerful antagonist perform important functions within my story. At the midpoint, he just leaves. Several Plot developments depend on this character. I tried replacing him with other char...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by celtschk‭

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Q&A Should I use the terms "people" "person" "man" and "woman" in fantasy setting?

So I'm writing a story and the setting is that there are two worlds: the world of humans and the world of (insert species name here). Now I'm wondering if it's okay to use the terms/words "people,...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by zaizen14‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why is "Ser" used in Game of Thrones rather than "Sir"? [closed]

I'll admit I haven't read the books, but I've seen in subtitles and other things that knights in Game of Thrones are addressed as "Ser". It seems to me that fantasy works like this have similaritie...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by thosphor‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it bad to suddenly introduce another element to your fantasy world a good ways into the story?

I'm writing a novel with many POVs, and this is a very flexible story. It started out with a few POVs who had one plot, and now there is a lot more, having been integrated in between those previous...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by A. Kvåle‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

Question novel fantasy pacing
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Q&A Needing Help Fleshing Out Male Character So He's Not Just a Stock Character

I have been working on a fantasy novel for the past twelve years, during which time there have been drastic changes. The most drastic being that I decided to cut out the first third of the story, a...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by J.Y. Nona‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are the standard genre characteristics of contemporary women's fantasy [closed]

I want to write a fantasy novel with a female protagonist, and I want to familiarize myself with reader expectations. Is there still a tradition of (medieval-type) fantasy by and for women, and wha...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Sorry for that‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to prevent seeming like a Marty Stu-ish villain is cheating?

In a story I'm writing, there's a villain who is a genius strategist that can get anything he wants, whatever it is, by developing perfect strategies that can have only two possible outcomes: 1, su...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Yuuza‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to make the villain relatable/human without making the hero seem like a monster for killing him?

I have a story I'm writing which has a villain that, in order to make him more human/developed, I gave him a relatable, tragic and/or disturbing life story, gave him plenty of reasons to be who he ...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Yuuza‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is a character with a hidden Power too strong?

this is my first time here. At the moment I'm writing on a little Novel and now I am at the point: My character has a hidden power ( in a World where everyone has a Unique Power, he has two). No...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Pawana‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A 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 a...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A 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, i...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Yuuza‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Using accent marks in Fantasy novels

I'm wondering what are the basic ways that accent marks should be used when coming up with fantasy names of people, places, etc. Sorry if this might be a little vague of a question.

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by SpiralStudios‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to introduce alien flora/fauna without turning the fiction into a biology book?

Got advised on Worldbuilding’s Sandbox to post here, so here I am. I don’t even know if the word “alien” applies here because to the eyes of the characters, those animals and plants won’t be alien...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by rschpdr‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Naming non-English folklore creatures

I'm working on a novel that involves folklore/mythological creatures from mainly the Norse and Scandinavian myths, but in the world of the novel, there exists beings from all cultures. I wish to wr...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by sororicida‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I handle a backstory big enough to be a story of its own?

I have an idea I'm working on, where there's a huge backstory that I'm not sure how to deal with. In my particular case, the backstory and main story are these: The backstory begins as stereotypi...

6 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Kyle Li‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Does a reader care about how realistic a book is?

Introduction I said a reader in the title. I don't know if I can answer this myself, as I'm not the kind of person who hates on something for not being good. I like virtually everything, and don't...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Daniel Cann‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can I use "fuck" as a non-vulgar verb in a fantasy/steampunk world?

I've been sending my fourth-ish novel through the my writing group. It is about a trio of teenagers running away from some mercenaries. One of them (Maris) is a girl who has only had a year of form...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by dmoonfire‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A A villain that doesn't even know the hero's existence?

In the story I'm writing, the villain is a tyrant who is taking over control of the world (a very small one, with only two continents) as he pleases. The hero and many other people are affected by ...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Yuuza‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How much can a reader remember?

I've been writing some fantasy. Now, inevitably because its a big piece of fantasy, its all very involved with the world, culture, story and general bits. Personally, I'm really enjoying writing it...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Daniel Cann‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Plot: is it as central as "fun" or "entertaining"?

So I was writing a story and realized that there was more then enough background material from the characters and actions that these characters went through to write a whole book just on them and t...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by KZD‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A A protagonist who knows little about the world he born and grew up in until majority (present)?

This protagonist born and lives in a peasant village in a medieval-like age, where education and science aren't known much. But a certain awful event occurs in this village that leads this characte...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Yuuza‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I do research about the geographical scenarios of plot?

I am writing a semi-fantasy novel, which is set in medieval India and today's New York. I have never been to New York, and will not be there, for far period. How can I do research to embed the cult...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Chaitanya‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why not God as our subject?

Certainly there are many Science Fiction writers who touch upon the subject of beings supreme to Man...but always Man is central in writing.

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Doctor Zhivago‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

Question fantasy pov
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Q&A For trilogies, is there any order of time periods the story should follow that is considered more appropriate?

Like totally chronological (starting in the beginning of the world's story events and going on to the future), or in the present-past-future order, or another? Is there any specific time order be...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Yuuza‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A 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...

6 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Mike.C.Ford‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to call sub-genre of my fantasy?

For my own needs I write fantasy. But at this time I am not sure what genre it is. Base of that world is probably classic fantasy, because there are: unicorns dragons gods magic lycanthrops othe...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Václav‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

Question genre fantasy
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Q&A Looking for informed people to evaluate a creative writing project about psychiatry

I am a beginning writer. I would like to write a science fiction / fantasy book that is critical of psychiatry, including diagnosis inflation, the influence of Big Pharma, and the field's de-empha...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by user9885‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to create a surreal/fantasy - feeling in a real world?

I know the question seems pretty unclear, so let me try to explain it. So I'm writing my first book and already have big plans. I don't aim to publish. It's just for me. I want the book to be phi...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Lew Pérez‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

Question fantasy philosophy
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Q&A Is it a good idea to start each chapter with a snippet from a fictional book?

I am writing a fantasy story in a medieval-like time. There is a lot of information I want to share with my readers, but I feel if I incorporate it all in the main story it will make it to long and...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Noralie‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to write a story that spans decades

I'm looking for techniques to write a fantasy story (A song of ice and fire style) but the problem is the duration of the story : The first three years there are lot of plots, and betrayals. Afte...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Aiman Vargas‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Where to draw the line between fantasy and reality in a story?

I realize this question may sound broad or vague, so allow me to explain. I never knew much about combat or dealing with injuries until I started gathering research for a fantasy novel I'm plannin...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Summer‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A 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 wh...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Justin Alexander‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to write a homosexual character, whose homosexuality isn't the point of the story?

I'm writing a modern fantasy novel, with a female protagonist whose principal romantic interest is another girl. I want to know how I can write her without having her homosexuality being the predom...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Silver‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

Question characters fantasy
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Q&A What is the "inner consistency of reality" that Tolkein refers to in his essay On Faerie Stories?

I read Leaf by Niggle, and I've ever since been recommending it to just about anyone who will listen to me. Now, I want to know how The Magician did it. I read over his essay On Faerie Stories, a...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Joebevo‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

Question technique fantasy
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Q&A A question about dialogue and paragraphs?

First question I've asked on here so hopefully it isn't a silly one. I am a little confused about a certain paragraph/dialogue convention I am using in something I am writing. Occasionally I have ...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by Sean‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Needing to Believe the Story Is Real

I am writing a series of interconnected metafiction stories revolving around epic fantasy tropes. The basic premise involves gradually building up an epic narrative and then breaking it down, and t...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by lea‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is my writing 'disjointed', and if so how can I fix it?

First page of my fantasy novel. I'm told my writing is disjointed and jerky, but have no idea in what way! And it's driving me crazy that I don't know where the holes in my boat are so I can't real...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Krystal‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Humor in a fantasy setting

I'm creating a story based on the D&amp;D Forgotten Realms campaign. Considering the main adversary in this case is a balor demon named Bob, an ally of the adventurers is a gold dragon named Joe, e...

4 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by h313‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can I plug a loophole in my magic rules without rewriting the whole novel?

I've gotten feedback for a complete draft of my WIP fantasy novel. Overall it's looking good, but a couple of friends noticed a significant loophole in the system of magic I use in the book. The bo...

5 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Standback‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Create and using a custom version of a part of an existing mythology

In my story, I've decided to create some legends, myths, and prophecies for one of the species I used. I don't think there is any problem with this even if I haven't created this species. But one ...

4 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Shkeil‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can Readers Relate to a Book without Humans?

I've been working on a story idea for a few years now, during which I designed a world (fantasy-based) in which it would take place. The thing is that because this is a different planet, I thought ...

3 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Bullfrog‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What constitutes historical fantasy?

I'm writing a trilogy set 80% in Italy and 20% in other European countries. Each novel incorporates real historical characters and fantasy elements (a magical object, real/imagined symbols, clairse...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Tessa Bagatto‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

Question novel fiction fantasy
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Q&A A cross-[What] kind of romance?

In the scientific taxonomy of Living Things, you have: Life Domain Kingdom Phylum Class etc. down to Species, and maybe thence to Breed. If I were talking about my neighbor's dog who is half ...

3 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Lauren Ipsum‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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