Will Kalif reports:
"Here are some simple yet amazingly effective steps that will [e]nsure you start and finish your epic fantasy novel. You just need to understand what epic fantasy really is and why you want to write it. The key to writing a real epic fantasy novel lies in the word 'epic'. But this doesn’t just mean big in scale, scope, and size. An epic fantasy novel doesn’t have to be a thousand[-]page doorstopper. It has to be epic in its ambitious reach for finding answers to the big questions in life. This is the true and hidden goal of epic fantasy. It is a vehicle for understanding what life is about. And even though the story may have dragons, and take place on an unbelievable world that doesn’t really exist[,] it needs to be applicable to the human condition. So this is the first thing you have to do when writing an epic fantasy novel. Decide what you want to say about life or what important topic you want to explore. Write this down and keep it in mind throughout your whole novel writing experience. And remember that you don’t have to come right out and explain your theme. It is usually better, and more rewarding for the reader, if you reveal the theme slowly and allow him or her to discover it. Some common themes you may want to explore in epic fantasy include the examination of the nature of good and evil, the ultimate meaning of life, the quest to understand oneself, or the challenge of making the transition from childhood to adulthood...Write your theme down on a big piece of paper and pin it to the wall near your computer...The world truly deserves to hear your perspective on the big questions in life. When doing the actual writing of the prose of the novel I recommend you set yourself a very distinct goal. This is imperative and the goal I recommend you set is that you will write part of the story every single day until it is done...The important thing is that you write every day. I don’t recommend you set goals that are pinned to dates or word counts. Dates can be tricky because a novel is a fluid thing. Your novel could end up being fifty thousand words or two hundred thousand words. This is because you are exploring a theme and more ideas and angles are going to come to you as [you] progress. And I don’t recommend pinning a daily or weekly word count to your writing because writing is a creative process and you could end up with just a lot of filler. Simply set yourself the goal of sitting down and writing every day...At some point in the middle of the novel you are going to look back and realize that you are in a routine and everything is flowing quite smoothly...I recommend you keep a spiral bound notebook for ancillary information and notes...Write down the details in a spiral bound notebook and refer to it often. The last bit of advice I have for you is that you should never rely on the fantasy aspect of your world as an escape route. What I mean is that there is nothing worse than watching the main character of a novel getting out of a tricky spot by whipping out a super-duper magical spell that the reader never even knew about. Make sure there are rules in your world and make sure your characters follow them. You are drawing parallels to real life and in real life there are tangible rules to everything. So create rules in your world and follow them. An epic fantasy novel is an exploration of the big questions in life. You have a very valuable point of view about these big questions and there is an audience out there that is very willing to listen. Write yourself a clear statement of what you want to say and then write toward that goal every day. Before long you will have a written work that you will be proud of and that will enrich other people[']s lives by shedding light on the human condition."
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