Where to start in Writing Fantasy?

I am trying to write a better fantasy story. I have written some in the past – though I don’t think they are that good…

Anyway, I am trying to figure out where must I begin? In the characters? Should I try fleshing my main characters first? Should I give them traits, skills, and weaknesses? Perhaps a goal?

Or should I try with world building first? What is the setting of the story? What fantasy elements should I use, and how do I use them? Should I just go with the generic fantasy elements to make the world easier to build? Do I need to make a map? Tolkien made maps… perhaps I should try, too…

Or should I figure out a magic system first? Should I go with a hard system, or a soft system? Should there be strict or less strict rules to how magic works?

I am still in the process of figuring things out, and frankly, this post is just me thinking aloud.

Hope you have a nice day.

Author: jomz

Web Designer and Developer, Graphic Artist. Writer.

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