With my Untitled YA Fantasy Idea slowly taking shape, I’m realising that there’s a lot of things that I need to do, but I’ve never done before. For example, map making. With my previous novels all being thrillers/mysteries set in the real world, if I’ve ever needed a map I’ve typed Google Maps into the URL and hey presto! A map!
With my previous novels, my pre-writing stages have pretty much been limited to a few basic steps. Take EXCALIBUR, my editing project:
1. Research to get a broad overview on the topic.
2. Perform more in-depth research on:
b. King Arthur
c. King Arthur’s knights
d. The 10th Century time period
e. Other topics which I’m sure I’ve missed
3. Character outlines
4. Write plot outlines
So it was pretty simple, really. Research and outline.
But with UYAFI, I’m finding there’s so much more to the pre-writing stage. I’ve got character and plot outlines, but then there are all the world building components: maps, calendars, history, politics… I can’t even think of any more!
I guess what I’m trying to say is that each genre has different challenges and requirements. I think I’m also trying to say the fantasy genre isn’t as easy to write as I initially thought… and I’m probably in awe a little bit of fantasy writers*.
For the comments, have you ever written in a different genre before? Did you encounter anything you didn’t expect? What barriers did you have to overcome? And fantasy writers: do you have any other pre-writing steps I might have missed? Let me know!
* There, said it. You guys are amazing. But don’t get too big for your boots :P