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Dust off your own fantasy favourites and take notes on how your best authors approach elements of fantasy writing you find challenging. This could be keeping continuity between between books in a series or making a fictional world believable. Consciously reading this way will help you improve your writing in the long-term. The reek of them hung stifling in the still air.

Far away, now almost due south, the mountain-walls of Mordor loomed, like a black bar of rugged clouds floating above a dangerous fog-bound sea. The air was warm. Fantasy lovers may expect certain tropes common features of the genre. Even so, your world will be all the more striking if it is at least a little original. Mythical creatures such as dragons and centaurs are well-represented by now, for example. After all, most symbols, plots and other elements of fiction are continuously recycled.

Yet you can subvert reader expectations and create a strong sense of your world as a distinct place. For example, dragons have often been described as hoarders. As an example, this trope could be reversed. Martin does exactly this in the fifth novel of his A Song of Ice and Fire series: The character Daenerys Targaryen holds dragons captive herself, confining them in a cage to prevent them from wreaking further havoc. Lesser fantasy novels often rely on obvious traits that are tied to class, race or social bearing.

Of course the warrior is brave. Of course the princess or elf is graceful or chaste. In real life, people often surprise us by holding contradictory beliefs or behaving differently to how stereotyping would lead us to assume.

The warrior who tears into battle might run bellowing from a snake or rat, in reality. Nobody is consistent all the time. In the great high fantasy novels, characters surprise not only each other but themselves too.

Writing a realist novel set in a familiar city is a challenge itself. Writing an epic high fantasy that sprawls across imaginary continents and peoples is a mammoth undertaking. To avoid this, plan your world and its inner workings in advance.

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The best fantasy authors of all time, ranked by readers and fans. This list include some highly recognizable names, like J.R.R. Tolkein and George R.R. Martin, along with some contemporary fantasy writers who are just beginning to make their mark on the genre. Founded in , SFWA is an organization for published authors and industry professionals in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, and related genres. Click below for more information. More About SFWA; SFWA Officers; Member Directory; Join SFWA. SFWA membership is open to authors, artists and other industry professionals, including graphic novelists.

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Lists about: The Best Epic Fantasy, Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books, Best Strong Female Fantasy Novels, The Best Urban Fantasy, Best Fantasy Serie. I recently finished writing book one of a fantasy novel called, "Sakura Dream" It draws its inspiration from ancient feudal Japan and its mythologies. It is a story with many elements; tragedy, friendship, war, horror, adventure, and a love story intertwined through it all as well as underlying spiritual themes.