The misconceptions surrounding the fantasy genre…
Easy is it?
The creative energy needed for complete world building, endless research, rich interwoven stories, a landscape of pure imagination…easy, eh? I think not! 😀
…or is there more to it?
I’ve just read a thread, on a writers forum, asking if writing fantasy was an easy option – in other words a cop out. At first I was really annoyed, as the author of the thread admitted to never having read any speculative fiction, then I realised they were either genuinely curious or simply stirring the effluent.
In answer to their question, no it isn’t easy to write quality fantasy fiction and make it different from the norm, but that also applies to any other genre. To make your work stand out is extremely difficult. To begin with, one has to create an entire world and people it with characters who engage the reader. Again, this can be said of any genre.
The thread’s author then asked wasn’t it was easy to get characters out of trouble by using magic or having a mysterious…
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