Bran does research on…. Writing Fantasy
Fantasy has been popular, ever since J. R. R. Tolkien opened new doors and gave it new elements - elements everyone has come to love. Once again, the fantasy genre has regained it’s popularity in recent years. But it’s hard to go about writing about realms of your own creation that exist purely in your own imagination. I’ve done a bit of research on writing fantasy that hopefully should help you.
I just found this while lurking around deviantart for writing resources and thought it could be useful to some.
Over the course of the writing adventure, most of you will experience what will feel like the worst rut you’ve ever been in. Words don’t flow—putting each one onto paper is a chore in and of itself. All your ideas lead to dead ends, and you feel like it’s time to put your novel to rest.
That’s the rut I was just in for over a month, and it was beyond painful. I’ve been working on this novel for well over a year now, and I honestly thought it was going to come crashing down around me and be forced into a series of Word documents that would collect dust on my desktop until I finally had the guts to delete it.
So to celebrate me coming back to this blog, I thought I’d supply my strategy for getting out of my slump.
Disclaimer: This may not work for you. Everyone is different, and this is just one strategy out of many.
- Close your Word Docs.Sometimes, just staring at a blank screen (or even one with writing) can make it worse. Give yourself a break. Go watch videos on Youtube or make a Neopets account. Give yourself something fun to do for a little while.
- Keep the story in your mind. One of the worst things that you can do while in a slump like this is push it completely from your mind. If you do that, you run a risk of putting your story down and never picking it up again.
- Read for fun. Chances are, you’re already doing a lot of this. But just in case you aren’t, pick up a book that you’ve always wanted to read but for whatever reason haven’t started and tuck in.
- Think about what else is going on in your life and assess it properly. The reason I fell into my writing slump was because of school. I was taking four classes at once in a university for the first time, and I was scared to death of failing three of them. It was stressing me out to the point where I was pulling out my eyelashes. If you’re under stress, don’t feel bad taking a break from writing to get the rest of your life in order.
- Don’t rush yourself. If you try to force yourself to write when you’re in one of these slumps. This is what happens when you try to force yourself: Nothing. You’ll spend hours staring at a blank document and end up getting frustrated with yourself and hating the work.
So this is how I overcame my slump, and now that I’m back to writing, I feel a ton better. I’ve gotten my drive for writing back and new ideas come much more easily than they did even before I entered my writing slump. Hopefully someone else out there will benefit from this.