Worldbuilding: Northern Environments in Fantasy

This is a pretty specific and borderline nitpicky topic, but hear me out. Instead of focussing on what authors might do that is “wrong” or “doesn’t make a lot of sense”, I’m going to give options, explanations, and things to consider. I’m also going to focus on it from character perspective even though this is a worldbuilding topic.

Northern environments in fantasy worlds is often used in fantasy writing. Lots of the action happens there. Why, I don’t know, but I dig it. So we’re going to go into stuff that might help shape your northern environments.

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Magical Objects in Fantasy

I was thinking about this the other night. I had an idea for a story about questing for magical objects, just for fun. I started seriously considering magical objects in fantasy, what I like and don’t like, and how to make them not too tiresome.

So let’s talk about it.

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Politics in Fantasy.

 

Politics are a big part of fantasy. Often times there are rulers fighting for it, and our heroes often get involved because they’re the heroes. So how do our characters relate to politics? How do we use politics in writing? A lot of it depends on you as the writer, but it’s worth talking about anyway.

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Royalty and Government in Fantasy

If you’re writing fantasy where nobility and royals exist, you should treat them with care. Even if your work doesn’t have medieval style royals, you should think of the government structure because it will have an impact on the characters living in that world whether they be prince or pauper.

Be warned there will be spoilers here for  A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones

Let’s discuss.

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Things I Don’t Want to See Anymore in Fantasy: Part II

I want to preface this by saying that this is by no means a be and end all list. You can absolutely have these things in your work and it’d be something great that I’d love to read. These are mainly pet peeves, things that are often executed poorly, and such.

So take all of this with a grain of salt and think of your own.

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Language Building in Fantasy and Genre Fiction.

If you’re writing in fantasy/SciFi, you’re probably doing some world building. I’m going to stick with the fantasy example because that’s what I write, but this post can apply to other genre fiction as well. We’re going to cover some really basic ideas, thoughts, and principles when building languages and why.

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