There comes a time in every writer’s career when he/she must throw caution to the wind and offer the world a peek into his/her deepest imaginings.
This is where W.A.N.D. comes in. I had a blast writing this fantasy. Some of its pages and scenes are products of the dark haunted corners of my psyche, places where I would not normally venture. But I believe these ventures have resulted in some riveting scenes, and I wish to use my experience in writing this particular book (my eleventh or maybe twelfth) to help other, slightly less-experienced writers along their journey.
With some 50,000 books published each year (that’s only the traditionally published ones, mind), it is incredibly difficult to produce a novel novel. To do so means being bold, fearless in your endeavor.
You can’t just write another tale about a poor orphan farm boy who realizes he is heir to a great legacy stretching far beyond his humble origins (Star Wars, Harry Potter, Eragon, Lord of the Rings, Eye of the World, Sword of Shanarra, The Dragonbone Chair, to name but a few examples). You need to come up with something new.
That’s a daunting task, when you consider the millions of books that have gone before. So how does a writer (in this case a fantasist) accomplish this task? Continue reading “How to Write a Young Adult Fantasy Novel Like a Boss”