Creating A Fantasy World (For Your Novel)

When it comes to writing a novel, we often want to rush right into it, and start typing away. This is absolutely okay in my mind, as I have done this multiple times. However, there are a few things you should keep in the back of your mind when constructing the world in which your characters live in.

The Land

One thing to really consider is how “mystical” or magical you make the environment in your story. Remember, it’s a fantasy book- so normal everyday things don’t necessarily fit in here. They might if you add a twist to them, perhaps taking a normal or boring object and making it interesting in a unique way. Usually the best way to go about thinking of what the land in your novel should look like is to think of the places you’ve seen in real life that stood out to you as having some degree of magical qualities. Mountains are an easy example to use, there is something powerful and mysterious about them- and you can describe a mountain range to look like just about anything you want. You can make them sinister and dark, or you can make them lush and tree-covered.


The people in your book! Now, there is some leeway here, because in some fantasy books, the main characters are ordinary people who have found themselves surrounded by magical things and places. However, if your character has magical qualities, you’ll need to make sure they fit in with their personality. Otherwise your character just seems a bit out of place, unless of course this is what you’re going for. It’s really hard to make up guidelines for fantasy authors, because there’s so much room to create new things and new ideas within our writing. So, don’t take anything I say too seriously 😉

The Magic Itself

This may be the most important aspect to give a lot of attention to when writing. You have to focus a lot more on the details of how the magic in your story works, than you do with the other two guidelines I mentioned. Ultimately, this is because if the mechanics behind your magic seems faulty to you, it is extremely likely it will seem even worse to your readers. Children’s book authors have a little more wiggle room here, because kids pay more attention to the actual plot than how all of the individual components work. Some key questions to keep in mind are:

What does the magic look like when being used?

Is there a tool the characters must use to perform the magic, such as a staff or wand?

Does everyone have the same magical abilities and strengths, or do they differ by experience/personality?

Just try to keep a couple of these things in mind when writing your fantasy story or book. They’ll give you some basics for how to structure the various parts of the novel. You want your story to be unique and crazy, but you also want it to make at least a little bit of sense!

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Let’s Talk About Productivity

We all have a hard time staying on track every now and again. We get caught up in our day to day doings, whatever they may be. But we have a need to be productive. That necessity might be paying the bills or buying a new car, but most anything that needs accomplished requires productivity.

The problem with someone considering themselves to be productive is that they define what that means for them. So while Person A might consider that to be getting five hours of nonstop work done, Person B might think just as highly of himself for getting off the couch. In order to be productive one must define a goal. A goal that has both significance and challenge. Because if something is easy and not time consuming, are you actually being efficient by getting it done?

So in order to make a goal that you can reach, you have to value it first. Say to yourself, “How much further ahead will I be when I get this done?” If the answer is something like “not a whole lot” you may need to redefine it to create a more challenging task. I ask you to politely take a look at a goal rating scale I’ve come up with. Keep in mind this would be most useful for short-term and work related goals.

The scale runs from 1 to 5. A goal with a rating of 1 does not really require you to be that productive, while a goal with a score of 5 is a top-notch “grind it out” kind of task.

1: The task ahead of you requires minimal effort. Perhaps writing a 1 page paper or making dinner tonight. (Unless of course you’re one of those moms who makes dinner into an all evening activity- you ladies are excused 🙂


2: This “thing” you need to get done is something you could easily put off until the last minute and still maintain relatively the same level of quality when you’re finished. I would give the example of needing to get groceries for the week or picking out a Halloween Costume.

3: A decent goal that requires some productivity- however you could very easily make this one into a 4 or a 5. This would be something like a presentation due for work at the end of the week and you deciding to do a little bit each day.

4: This is a challenging assignment that you have decided to get done way ahead of schedule. It could even be the presentation I mentioned for #3 but instead of doing it in increments you get it all done in a day or two.

5: A true work of art in the goal gallery. Maybe you’re writing a book and you set up a plan where you write 10+ pages a day. And even then you tend to get more of it done each day than you planned on. You set up a deadline and beat it by at least a week!


Productivity is all relative to the person who’s trying to get something done. There’re goal crushers and there’re slackers in this world. Which one “you gonna be”?

A goal a day keeps the landlord away 🙂