I am proud to contribute to Writing the Rockies this summer in beautiful Gunnison, Colorado, through a three-part workshop on “Building Story in Nature Writing“
What ingredients do I use to build a fantasy novel?
- A physical world I myself would like to explore. Think the hover-boards in The Uglies or Hagrid’s hut in Harry Potter.
- A political problem that echoes a real problem in our world and thereby raises philosophical questions.
- A main character we root for who also has a personal weakness and room to grow over the course of the novel. Think debilitating shyness, uncontrollable anger.
- A single main problem that the character must fight to solve. More than one problem may converge, but one driving problem keeps the reader focused.
- A mystery. The problem and the mystery drive the story. Readers want to know what will happen next, and they want to unravel what happened before.
- A nemesis. Another character who bullies the main character helps drive the story.
- A friend who differs from the main character and challenges the main character’s ideas of friendship.