How To Write a Fantasy Novel | Step By Step For Beginners

Fantasy novels are one of the novels genre's that are so popular nowadays, especially among the children. The story of the fantasy novels based on the imaginary world, Basically it's not the real world (earth). So, that mean as a fantasy writer you must have a big imagination for sure.

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Writing fantasy novels is so complicated, requires a lot of the imagination, and the ability for the element details. But, behind all of that, writing fantasy novels is an opportunity to express the imagination beyond the broadest logic and there is no limit in this genre.

But you must make the story look real, there's logic things that represented by your story, it's not an easy job for sure, but if you like to think different and imaginative, then you have the basic foundation to finish the fantasy story. Now, let's take a look step by step writing fantasy novel below

Step By Step Writing Fantasy Story 

1. Choose Theme 
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There's a lot of theme you can choose right now, the most common theme is "Good vs evil." You can pick that theme, but make sure you make differences in your fantasy story. The theme maybe same like the others, but the character, the world, the way you write must be different.

You can choose other theme that are popular too such as, girl power, emancipation, conspiracy, etc. Give something new, try to write on different angle, and make sure your story keep flowing.

2. Creating Outline 
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Basically outline is a story framework. It will help you to describe about the whole story, how big of your world, how many class and job, and guide you to keep writing on the right path. If you are beginners, try to make the world not so big, focus on build the story first. Try to connecting every element to your fictional world.

3. Strong Character 

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People always remember for the character, that's why you must build a strong character on your fantasy story.  A strong character is a character who make decisions personally accordance with their respective interests. To make this look so real, create the past moment in the story. Where the past is the foundation of your hero for his development in the future.

For example: a child who survived the slaughter of a royal soldier certainly grow up with the hatred his soul. Every act he made contain with the resistance for the royal soldier, such as refusing to enter the house of the royal soldier, or refusing to help the royal soldier. The past can also explain for the changes of your character attitude.

4. Decide The Race Number Or The Clan

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The number of race in a fantasy novel has role that is no less important than the other factor. If you decide to create a lot of race, that means you need to prepared more detailed on your fantasy story. Let see the characteristic of the fantasy race :
  • Appearance (How they dress, what uniform they used)
  • Origin (Where they are come from, who create them, etc)
  • Territory (Where they live, why they live there, etc)
  • Races Ideology (Closed politic systems, democracy, monarchy, socialism, etc...)
5. Draw The World Map 

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For the fantasy genre, world map is important. People need to know a short things about your fictional world. That's why you need draw your own map or at least give something that represented your fictional world.

By drawing a world map, it will help you to describe the story more easily. Set up the battle scene, or showing the hero adventure based on the world map location.

6. Element Detail 

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Fantasy need a lot of detail element on the story. This is important, you must put all of the detail, to make it easy write the details on your list. Here are some of the element of the fantasy story :
  • Class (What class is there, swordman, alchemist, magician, etc...)
  • Race (Describe all of the race on your shortlist)
  • Culture (Write short about the culture that related to your world)
  • Power (You can make shortlist the power element such as, magic, aura, energy, etc...)
  • Equipment (sword, bow, hammer, armor, heavy armor, etc...)
  • Fashion (kind of clothing that people wore it)
  • Politic or Ideology (people society, democracy, monarchy, imperialism, or else)
  • Building Structure ( Describe the structure, kingdom, empire, village, etc...)
  • Setting Time (choose the timeline, middle age, modern age, utopia, etc...)
That's the detail element that you must make to help you build up your fantasy story. Of course, there is still other element that not on the list above, you can try to put the element according to your style. If you choose the middle age timeline, then traditional class more fit to your story, and the structure building must be written like the middle age era.

7. Show The Main Problem

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This is interesting part, somehow fantasy get bored because of slow pace opening side. Remember guys, fantasy are different. You need to show the main problem on your prologue, a minor conflict that lead people to understand about your story. Here's some idea for the main problem :
  • Rise of the evil (your main villain)
  • The destruction of the hero hometown
  • War between group of kingdom
  • Human existence after armageddon
You can try different things for the opening, but keep remember that you must show the main problem on your prologue scene.

8. Setup Roles Of The Character

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To make it easier on your project, you must written the roles of your character. Usually only two roles, Hero and Villain. But nowadays, you need third roles to help the progress of your Hero either the villain too. The third roles is the supporting roles / support roles. Here's the characteristic each roles you need to know :
  • Hero: Your main character, all of your story must showing the progress of this character (don't make the hero character look strong at the beginning, let him struggle first to achieve the goals)
  • Villain: This is opposite of the hero character. Villain is the character that is prevent your main character to reach his goals. You can describe this character as the evil, or the bad guy, or else (A good villain is that the one who can make the hero look frustation, destroy the hope and try to win the game by all means)
  • Support: This role is a companion character for both side. A hero need someone who can help him to reach his goals ( A mentor, can be an example for supporting roles). Same like the villain side (A loyal assistant, or A strong creature usually become supporting role for the villain side)
9. Setup The Timeline 

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The fantasy story become more clearly when you already setup the timeline. It become more easily when you already choose the timeline, here's some example to setup the timeline of the fantasy story:
  • Progressive (Write the world early side----> Middle---> End)
  • Backward  (Opposite with the progressive timeline)
  • Middle age Timeline (Took the middle age angle)
  • Modern Age 
  • Creation of the world (before creation, progress, end of the world)
  • Dark Age (The beginning of the dark age, the progress, the end of the dark age)
10. Choose The Best Ending 

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To choose the best ending side, you need to know first about the climax of the story. Ending side must be related with the climax, you can choose good ending or bad ending. It depends on where you want to continue the story. The ending side can be look like this :
  • Happy ending: The hero beat the villain without a doubt, all of the villain groups are destroy nothing left. The darkness gone and people joy for the rest of their life.
  • Sad Ending: Hero failed to beat the main villain, or the villain killed the main hero and makes the world live in the dark age era.
  • Half Ending: It's the ending when there is still darkness left behind (The main villain has been beaten, but small groups of the villain still exist.)

 The half ending is fit for the series fantasy, it will lead into the next series and see the progress of the whole story. Okay, that's How to Write a Fantasy Novel if you like don't forget to subscribe, and feel free to leave a comment. Happy writing guys...!

How to Write Flash Fiction Step By Step

Writing flash fiction is more challenging than novel or short stories. Because we push ourselves to be more creative to write a good story in just a few words for sure. Flash fiction is not about writing a piece of the story, but the whole story same like a novel story:  the theme, the character, the plot (beginning-Mid-End), place settings, conflict, and ending. That's the foundation of the flash fiction, same as a novel, huh? No, it's not same, let's we take a look the different below.

What is Flash-Fiction?

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Definition Flash-Fiction | Is a fiction story written briefly, solidly that intact as a whole story with a twist ending of course. The word count is around 100-500, or less than 1500 word. Along with social media development, the Flash fiction writers also growing fast, we often hear the terms of  "Tweetfic or Tweetfiction"

Each paragraph directly related to the whole story, the pace is quick and easy to understand. Less than 10 minutes to finish Flash-fiction story. Okay, that's the short definition about Flash-fiction, now let's take a look for the element of the flash fiction.

Characteristics of Flash Fiction 

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Finish a story with just around 100-500 is not easy, you must know the short element of Flash Fiction, generally it is almost the same with the novel element, the difference is flash fiction element much more narrow than the novel
  • Theme: Make sure your theme are clear at the first time, don't expand too much, make it simple and narrow for the theme itself.
  • Character: Don't describe to long for the character, just show the basic character (who they are, character status, job, appearance, etc...) The point is, just make short about character description on the story
  • Plotting: start written from early side to the mid side and in the end go for the ending side, don't jump over the plot, it will create of missing link for sure. The point is trying to connect every side of your whole story in a simple paragraph.
  • Setting: Write off the setting place in a short-term, don't describe to long about the place, just write simply about the place name and short characteristic of the place
  • Conflict: don't write off the conflict too long, just make it simple, but still connected with the storyline. Write the conflict to lead the story into the ending side
  • Ending: This is the most interesting part in Flash-Fiction, put an ending with some twist element for sure. It will thrill your story and makes people want to read it again

Tips Writing Flash-Fiction 

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  • Attractive Opening Side: Put a short conflict in the early side can attract people, but make sure to keep flowing for the story, the conflict must lead into the next paragraph. Hit the tempo on the opening side, but don't to overrated
  • Short Dialogue: Makes the dialogue look short and tight, connected with the storyline, and lead the reader into the next paragraph. 
  • Use Right Diction: It's the core system of the flash fiction, to make the story pace look fast, you must use the right diction to describe the whole story. Choose the right diction to make to story flows.
  • Choose Ending Side: You can write the ending so clearly or just hanging. You can make of twist element here for sure. Try to mixed the emotion for the ending side, so people can feel the thrill of your story 
  • Editing: Read again your story, see the whole story is already perfect, or there is still missing the plot. Look about your story is there already well connected, or there is still a problem on the plotting side. Check first before post your Flash-Fiction
So, that's the step by step how to write flash fiction, I hope you can write a good Flash fiction after read my article. Don't forget to subscribe if you like, and feel free to leave a comment 

How To Overcome Writer's Block

What is writer's block | The short meaning for writer's block is a condition where the writer loses their ability to continue their work, the creativity slowing down, and the idea got stuck. In the end, the writers feel dizzy hard to move forward.

 If we look forward, there are many factors why writer's block happens, I will share the factor in generally based on my experience as a writer :

6 Factor Why Writer's Block Happens

  • Lack of Resources (references, content information, content element, etc...)
  • Stress (the Major factor that blocks the idea)
  • Perfectionism (there is no perfect draft, that's why we must edit our work later)
  • Condition (crowded space, noisy, etc...)
  • Lazy and Desperate ( writing is a journey you must face the challenge to keep forward right?)
  • Lack of Focus (inconsistent in writing, change the direction before finish the work before)
That's the six writer's block factor that I meet before. As a writer it is normal to have this block condition, every writer has felt the same, the difference is how persistent we are to come out of this bad condition.

Before we can overcome the writer's block, it would be good for us to do these following below:
  • Realize that we already trapped in writer's block: This aspect is important guys, because many writers deny when they stuck in this condition, our mind tries to resist this block, but that does not solve the problem. The best thing we can do is accept the condition and find the solution (I share the solution below)
  • Find the factor of the writer's block: External factors such as condition, no space to write, too busy, or the internal factors (lack of resources, not focus, to perfection, etc...)

How to Overcome Writer's Block  

Now, I want to give some short solution how to overcome the writer's block, based on experience and discussion with the authors of course. 

1. Find and set up the time before writing 

Every writer has a different situation and condition, there is a writer who is more enjoy writing in the midnight, some of them feel free to write in the morning time. Figure it out your perfect time before start writing, it will give you extra energy and the idea much more easy to come out. The point is to find the right moment or build the moment itself.

2. Search References As Much As Possible

The more data we have, that makes the process easier and faster later. Search for the material in all resources, internet, forum discussion, social community groups, movie, books, that related to our works. It will add you with some valuable information, the perspective getting bigger, and makes the process more easy to come.

3. Relax For A While to Recharge Energy 

Sometimes writer's block happens as a sign that we need to relax for a moment. There is no wrong to break a moment, try to refresh our mind first, so we can start again with full of energy. Try some vacation or go around with your friends. But don't get too long, remember there's still work to finish yet.

4. Mood Booster With The Favorite Music 

Music can build up our mood, right? Sit back for a while and enjoy the instrument to fresh our mind, sometimes music can give us the spirit to keep writing forward. Make a list of the song that boosts up your mood, it will give you fresh energy later.

5. Take Time to Read Books

You need to keep the balance between writing and reading, writer's block can be a sign for us to stop writing and start to read something. It's okay to stop for a while don't push yourself to hard, by reading a book you can add more value, get others perspective, and build up your writing skills slowly but sure

Nowadays writing become more popular with the help of technology. Many platforms help the writer to show their works, but there is a problem beside a writer's block, and that is the creativity block. It looks same but different actually.

What is Creative Blocks

Creative Blocks much more specific than writer's block. It's the condition when we are stuck with the idea, lack of imagination, it looks like there is a huge wall that blocks the inspiration to our mind. We can finish our works but there is no soul doing that. That's because we are stuck in Creativity blocks.

Creative Blocks Solution

  • Try something new in your daily life (different activity, sport, try to do some new hobbies, etc)
  • Try another genre or try to combine it (it will add more creativity perspective for sure)
  • Explore the other creative things (art, photography, fashion, designer, etc)
  • Expand The Mindset (try to understand the differences, learn about the other's culture, etc)
  • Free your Mind (don't drift away with the stigma, opinions or perspectives of the people, but try to understand their point of view.)
That's the best solution to get rid of the creative blocks, to add more spirit I will share some creative quote that is really inspiring.

Creativity Quotes 

"Great things are not done by impulse, but a series of small things brought together~Vincent Van Gogh" 
"Social media has colonized what was once a sacred space occupied by emptiness: the space reserved for thought and creativity~Mahershala Ali"
"The important thing for you is to be alert, to question, to find out, so that your own initiative may be awakened~Bruce Lee"
" Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write~Rainer Maria Rilke"
" Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics~Victor Pinchuk"
"Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change~Brené Brown"
"Create with the heart; build with the mind~Criss Jami"
"Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced~Leo Tolstoy"
"For me, insanity is super sanity. The normal is psychotic. Normal means lack of imagination, lack of creativity~Jean Dubuffet"
"When I am completely myself, entirely alone during the night when I cannot sleep, it is on such occasions that my ideas flow best and most abundantly~Mozart"
I hope this article can inspire people who love to write and be creative, don't forget to subscribe, and feel free to comment below. Happy writing guys...!

How To Write A Novel For Beginners

How to Write a Novel for Beginners | Writing a novel is not as difficult as we imagine before. What makes it difficult is our own negative mind and how to get started. Beginners are usually afraid of the failures before they started doing this work.

So, how do we start this now | First thing that you must now that writing a novel is a journey, you must make sure you have a lot of resources (time, imagination, etc...) And the second is dare to start and persistent, these two things are your main tools before start to write a novel project.

5 Things Before Write A Novel 

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You have lots of ideas but confused where do I start the story. To make it simple I will share tips before write a novel, these tips is based on my experience so let's have take a look now :

1. Choose Main Genre
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This is the first step that every writers do before they started the project, pick your most liked genre, it will help you to build the platform of your story later on. You can combine the genre you pick before too, such as sci-fi combine with action or adventure aspect, or Drama with horror aspect when the story goes on.

2. Create Storyline 
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Creating a storyline is important too, it's just like a compass, keep you focus on the track. To make it easier, create the outline first for each chapter then start to determined action per action in you chapter scene. 

3. Set Up The Conflict and Climax of The Story 

Climax is a set up scene from many conflict before. When the storyline has been created, you can see the plot of the conflict, gather this plot little by little to set up the climax moment. You can put the climax on the mid-side or at the end of the story you write.

*Example : 
Main story idea : About school life dynamic when facing a final test 
Conflict : Lack of study resources, poor condition, no room for study, etc...
Climax  : Pass the exam, or failed 

Write down clearly too about the climax, how your character pass the exam, or why your character didn't pass the test. Try to make it all look reasonable

4. Realistic Character 

Many writer build their main character too perfect, they describe the character as good as possible. It's ok to write a charcter white and black clearly but, don't forget about the human aspect, such as weaknesses, ego, emotion, etc.

*Example :
"Jon is a good and famous student, but he is an opportunist too, he always cheat in every test. That's why he can get the first rank on the class."

* Example II :
Main Character : A swordman who are swordmaster too 
Main Character Strength : Courage, brave, loyal, humble 
Weaknesses : egoistic, clumsy, stubborn

By putting your main character in dilemma situation you can build up the emotion of the reader, make a short note about your main character first, explore strength and the weaknesses, try to combine with the story plot, and must be blend with the storyline of course.

5. Set The Place and Background 
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Set the background that are matches with your genre, it will help you to describe the whole story. You can start to describe the place on the opening side, or even when the story goes on progress. To make things look easier, start with the main place / background, and the supporting place / background

*Example :
Main Idea : School life drama 
Main place : High school
Supporting place : main character house, friend house, cafe, mall, pub, etc...

Ok guys that's the first aspects how to write a novel for the beginners, now I want to share more specific about writing a novel. 

Step By Step How to Write Novel

1. Good Prologue

A prologue gives early storyline about your story, so the readers can understand about the flows of your story. If in this stage you can't make people interesting, don't expect them to continue read your story. So, the good prologue is a must, it's the important part indeed. 

You must make sure your prologue has these element :
  • Progression (show the storyline progress little by little)
  • Curiosity (A short twist element can pump up people emotion)
  • Flowing (all of your words must flow with the storyline)
2. Develop Your Character 
Help the reader to understand for your character, visualize and feel the emotion. Describe the character voice, action, emotion things, behavior. But, keep remind on your mind, when describing the character don't get to overrated, and don't describe in one dialogue or one plot, keep the progression flows.

Main Character : Student High school
Development path : Unpopular student---->Popular student
Progression path :  Struggling in school life, accept the situation, study hard, etc...
3. Point Of View (POV)

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Choose the best perspective in your story, you can choose first person or third person. If your story is a whole big world such as fantasy world, third person POV is  the best for you, because you need describe many aspect of your story. If your world not so big, first person POV is good to choose, it give personal perspective for the people who read your story
4. Meaningful Dialogue 

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People get bored when they must read a long dialogue without nothing to show.  Write the dialogue that has a purpose, connected to your next plot. Don't waste a time write a chit-chat dialogue just to show the characte, the dialogue must be meaningful or the readers will get bored for sure.

5. Setting the Plot Story 

If we talk about plot, we talk about the foundation of the novel itself. Surely seing beautiful plot is like seeing the whole system. Sometimes a complicated plot makes the plot looks dizzy. Especially when the plot shown the time shifting so quick. My advice: just try slow build up plot focus on the character development and try to connected with your main story.
6. Choose the best Ending 

Writing ending story is much hard as the opening. Think deeply before you write the ending, because it's the conclusion about your whole story, you must makes everything looks logic and acceptable. Here's some tips to write ending novel :
  • Good Ending (you ended up with joyful moment for your main character) 
  • Bad Ending ( Mostly it's a tragic part, main character died, or the villain beat the hero, etc)
  • Twist Ending (It use to be for the series novel book, things that not been solved yet on the whole story before) 
Ok that's step by step to write a novel for beginners. Now, I want to share some tips hopefully give some inspiration, here's the tips below.

Beginner Writer Tips To Become Better

1.Read a lot (especially things that are related with your genre)
2.Write Everyday (push yourself to write, articles, diary, short story,etc...) 
3. Note your idea 
4. Use Simple Words
5. Mix short and long paragraphs (avoid long paragraphs to much)
6. Detail is a must (emotion character, voice, feeling, moment, etc..)
 End of my article, don't forget to subscribe and feel free to comment, happy writing guys...!

How to Write Creatively With The Creative Idea

Nowadays creativity is very important. Technology pushed people to think creative, one of the aspects is writing creatively. Try to think differently, explore all sides and in the end, it will lead to producing the unique content.

Everyone has a  potential to be creative. Creative potential is not about how small or big. But the problem nowadays is we can't recognize our potential that leads to creativity.

10 Creative Writing Tips Must To Do 

1. Use Dialogue
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This is the easiest part to avoid "storytelling". Dialogue allows people to explore the scenes, they get involved emotionally. In addition, dialogue also helps characteristic, presenting the emotions and emphasizing the mood. 

2. Use Senses
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A writer tends to focus on the sense of sight, touch, and listening, while the sense of smell and taste is only a mind lighters. What do you think of this sentence: "Sweet apple in the middle of the desert"?
Try to use and explore all of the senses, to touch their mind, and their imagination.

3. Description
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The description is aim to describe the scene, but only for the important part. You don't need to write the details. Just write the relevant things in your own style. For example, instead of saying, "He is so tall," try to write like, "He try to enter the room, but it's too difficult, his head hit the door"

4. Avoid Adjectives
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adjectives makes your works look passive, The emotions got stuck, and the imagination becomes stagnant. Consider this phrase "Oh, this cat so smelly." Compare with this one : "The girl shut her nose when the cat pass by, after that she sneeze quickly"

5. Use the Appropriate Noun
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Nouns, can be used to avoid "storytelling." Consider these words "Cat" and "Kitty." Both mean the same, but the senses are different.

6. Avoid Adverbs
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Avoiding an adverb is a simple technique that will help your works. It can change the perspective of "Telling" into "Showing." Instead of writing "He works so hard," try to make a little longer for sure, "He works every day, even in the late night he still had to works."

7. Metaphor
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The metaphor is an art, another way to avoid "telling" perspective. However, like the description, you must be careful when using this style, don't look so cliche of course.

8. Beware When Revealed the Emotions
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Instead of using the blank words such as, " I'm so happy," or "I feel stress right now." You better use an action in the dialogue. In addition, avoid cliched body language, such as "biting fingernails," when showing something stressful.

9. Specific 
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This is the conclusion above all point, that the writer should write more specifically and clearly. If you writing more specific it will makes people easy to understand, increase their interest on your story.

10. Don't Get To Overrated
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This is the important part, I've already show you the example about how to "showing, not "telling" in short technique of course. Now you must understand, that the "Show don't tell" is to express more feeling and emotion rather than telling the stories, but you must know that everything must put on a proper design.

Creative writers is the one who are able to combine the showing and telling style to unite into the whole story. So the people can feel the emotion blended with their imagination

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