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‘Good’ Writing.

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Hi Jim,

I was wondering if you could tell me what makes up a good fantasy story?

Thanks,
Sarah.


Ahem…

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Hi Sarah,

That is such a subjective… subject… that I’m not sure I can give you a definitive answer, but not for not trying.

So I’m going to give you a few suggestions based on what I’ve seen work effectively.

  1. Anti-Hero. Include an antihero in your story. These are usually very dynamic characters that are really getting a solid following. They aren’t usually bad and they don’t really fall into what we typically consider good. Basically they wind up being good guys because of the situation or narrative.
  2. Show don’t tell. Use metaphor and comparison to describe what characters are seeing, what’s more, keep the descriptions to a minimal. Let the reader put the pieces together or have the characters react to what’s around them instead of just describing…

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