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How to Stay Motivated When Writing Fantasy

Updated on September 22, 2013

Get Excited!

The first thing to know about writing fantasy is that it has to be exciting for the writer. You have to feel an aching feeling to write about this fantastical creation that you have inside of you. It's very easy to think up an idea and hold the excitement for about six seconds when you realize, "I have to actually write this." That is by far the easiest way to lose that excitement when you realize that a lot of work must be put into it. Fantasy, is by far the easiest genre to write. You want to know why? Because you can do WHATEVER you want! In the genre of fantasy you can pretty much make the world, mold the characters, and create plot that is original an in depth. The first thing you must do is hold that excitement. So you've decided to start? Are you excited? Let's do this!

Lose The Doubt

So you're excited now. You've got this great idea for a new fantasy novel. You think it's going to be so awesome because your magic system is unique or your character is one of a kind. You're worried though. "What if I'm not a strong enough writer?" That's a good question really. Some people have this way of getting exciting, holding the excitement and then losing all hope when they put doubt into their own writing ability. You know what? You might not be that good of a writer. But how will you know if you don't give it a shot first? Worst case scenario you have difficulty towards the middle, it's hard, it's difficult. Welcome to being a writer, my friend. No matter what the skill set or talent, it's going to be hard and it's going to take lots of grueling hours at the laptop, lots of sleepless nights and dreams about how your character kills the dragon. It's going to be hard and you have to accept the fact that you might not be able to pull it off. Though, it's the doubt itself that keeps you from even TRYING. How well do you know yourself really? A writer doesn't know what could happen until it happens. So lose the doubt, at least start and see what happens.

It's Easier Than I Thought

So you've gotten excited, you fought whatever lingering doubt you may have. You might still even be a bit skeptical. Well guess what? When you're writing, the words will come to you easier than you'd imagine. It's your world, your characters, your story. It will not move until you say move. So when you're sitting at the desk, just think of things you'd enjoy reading in a book and put those kinds of things into your work. If you like comedy, throw some comedy in there. If you like drama, action, romance, throw those in as well. Make your own stew with your original thoughts and tastes. The hope is that others share your tastes and will gravitate towards your writing. It's much easier than you'd think. Just throw in those things you enjoy about fantasy and you'll definitely make some worthy reading.

I Finished, But The Book Stinks!

That's awesome that you finished. It stinks? You know why? Because a book in its first draft is usually pretty bad. You've dragged your way through the middle and crashed into the end. The first part of the book is the easiest, the middle is long and hard, and the ending is like the end of the race. You're almost completely out of steam by the time you get there. That's completely normal. All you have to do is pick up your pen and go back over your own writing. It's always been said to edit AFTER your draft has been completed. You will find typos, misplaced scenes, even characters that aren't supposed to be there. So don't worry much about all that "this stinks and it sucks" stuff, because it's completely normal in the first draft. And after you've gone through it a few times it should be just how you wanted it. When that happens, let someone read it and then you'll easily know what kind of writer you are.

My Friend Read It. It Still Stinks

There are things you need to realize when receiving critique. Many people will give you an opinion based on their own liking, not the integrity of the work. Also there are many who will tell you it "stinks" but won't give you a conceivable reason as to why. These kinds of people are not good for critiquing your work. When writing fantasy, you have to surround yourself with other fantasy readers and let them lend you their critique. You must also take none of it personally and understand that you are still an amateur writer. Sometimes it won't be that easy early on. Writing is trial and error, it's hard work, and it's lots of rewriting, editing, proofreading, rewriting again. Just take a deep breath and really look at your book and ask yourself? "How'd I do?" If you thought you did well then you've done a pretty good job. Now you just need to determine what to do with it.

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In Conclusion

There are quite a few other things to learn about writing fantasy and about being a good writer. This is just the beginning. Don't fret, don't scream. Just take a deep breath and continue on learn the craft of writing. Read other works, read other authors, learn what makes a great book. If you find that you're doing well, maybe there are ways to correct it. It's not easy and it's never going to be as simple as you'd like. It takes time to grow into an awesome writer. Believe me, I know. Take into consideration everything you've learned in this article and apply it!

  1. Get excited about what you want to write.
  2. Maintain all that excitement so you can move forward, no doubts, no worries.
  3. Write it with the best of your ability without thinking of your own skill.
  4. Polish your work, get critique, continue to polish if necessary.
  5. Seek what you'd like to do with your fantasy work (publish, sell, leave on the shelf, share with friends and family)

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    • LABrashear profile image

      LABrashear 4 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

      Great info! I agree - you definitely have to be excited about what you're writing about. I have a partial fantasy in the works, but it's not my genre of choice (I love horror) so I have stalled on it. Voted up!

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      A.E. Williams 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Aww Thanks!! I'm really glad you took something from it! Why have you stalled exactly?

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      James Robertson 4 years ago from Texas

      Great first hub! As a writer who has been working on a fantasy novel for 7 years I can relate to this article. You should definitely cover the costs of editing in one of your articles. My novel is over 150,000 words and it will cost me somewhere around $3,000 to get it edited. My Agent and their company won't cover the costs. The publishing industry has changed a lot over the last few years. Getting accepted through an Agent was the hardest thing I did. I am scheduled to have my book published and on book shelves around the beginning of next year. Let's hope I meet my deadlines!!

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      A.E. Williams 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

      What? That's crazy? They won't cover the costs? That's crazy!! I really hope you meet your deadlines. As an author I can say I am very PROUD of you because getting an agent is HARD. From what I hear at least. I haven't taken that route quite yet. Though with my next series I will be pursuing representation. Any advice?

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      LABrashear 4 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

      Sounds like a great hub...how to land an agent! :)

      As for the stalling out...I am uninspired in the direction of the story. I'm letting it simmer. :)

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      Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      You really have a way with words. Good job, keep it up!

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      A.E. Williams 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Thanks a lot!! :)

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      James Robertson 4 years ago from Texas

      Honestly there is no great advice for getting an agent, at least as far as I have. I kind of stumbled upon it. I just sent in the first few chapters of my book to a few agencies and after getting turned down a few times I edited my book more and resubmitted it. It takes lots of time and patience. And no they won't cover the cost. Most companies don't do that anymore. They don't want to take a chance with you until they know they can make money off of you. Publishing companies won't even sign you unless you have an agent now (at least all the companies I tried to talk to wouldn't). It's a hard industry to get into. Just keep trying. And having an agent isn't that great, at least for me, yet. I barely talk to them. I haven't made them money so they barely give me any of their time. Let me know if you need any help.

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      A.E. Williams 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Thanks a lot for the info. Though, I hope I have a better experience than you... at least with covering costs and such.

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      Sean Lynch 4 years ago from Macroom, Ireland

      First off, I love the picture for this article. Classic!

      "Fantasy, is far far the easiest genre to write."

      This is the one thing I would have to disagree with. In my opinion fantasy is harder to write than most other genres. Yes, you can do pretty much what you want with it, but that means work on your part.

      But that's just my opinion.

      Absolutely loved the article my friend, looking forward to more.

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      A.E. Williams 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Thanks a lot!! It's okay that you disagree. Fantasy comes easy to some people and more difficult to others. I've been into fantasy my whole life, so writing one didn't really come with much difficulty. Now writing outside of the fantasy genre might prove difficult for me. However, I do want to branch out and learn to write other genres. I know I've got a lot of learning to in order to just that.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Good job Aubrey. Great hub, i really wanted to write but i can only manage until 3 - 6 pages :)

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      A.E. Williams 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Well you'll get there. It's just about mindset and knowing yourself. You just gotta sit down and do it! It's really not so hard... well it can be at first. I've written four books and writing another now, still have a bit of trouble here and there, but of course it wouldn't be worth it if it was too easy.

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      flashmakeit 4 years ago from usa

      You got me excited now I am ready to write a short fantasy hub. Thank you for the inspiring article.

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      A.E. Williams 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

      You're very welcome!! Thanks for stopping by and I'm excited that you're excited!! If you need any help or anything, let me know. I'm writing my fifth book. I've got some expertise. ;)

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      Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

      I've had so many starts and stops with my book ideas. This hub is really helpful in motivating me to stick it out. Thank you Aubrey for sharing this awesome advice. Voted up, awesome, useful, and interesting :)

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      A.E. Williams 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Olde, thanks so much!! :)

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