Write a Fantasy Novel? Me?!

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For the last several days my mind is overflowing with thoughts revolving around a story idea for a fantasy fiction novel. How bizarre. I mean sure, I’ve made up stories in my head, but never anything this elaborate or detailed, and never anything that was so insistent about coming out of my head. It’s already beginning to show signs of obsession.

I’ve always been an avid reader and, for as long as I can remember, journaling is a way to get my thoughts down on paper so to stop the constant circling in my thoughts, but I’ve honestly never considered the idea of writing fiction. When I do write down my thoughts, they are typically deep thoughts on how the universe works or random thoughts on the daily happenings in my world. I may imagine pieces of stories sometimes, but my creativity typically comes out in the form of hand-crafting rather than writing (though I do write poetry on occasion).

When I was a kid and first enthralled with fiction works, I vaguely remember coming up with a scene here or there mostly influenced by the characters in whatever I’d just read though the scene was completely my own – that’s about it. I never thought through an entire possible story line, plot, character development, etc. and I’ve never felt driven to write any of it down.

writingNow suddenly I have this story idea that kinda won’t go away. A scene comes to mind and circles and circles until I write it down. Some character development comes to mind, evolves and revolves until I make notes on it. I recognize some influence from several other writers and series’, but this is completely my own story concept. The creativity running here is so insistent it is actually keeping me awake at night until I finally write down the latest thoughts, and then I wake with more! A brand new journal my mother recently sent me is already close to half-way filled with the tiny scrawl usually reserved for anxious or angry thoughts – in other words, something insistent to come out right now! In fact, I doubt anybody could read it but me, much less make sense of it.

I’ve even tried watching television or reading something else, if for no other reason than to give my wrist a break. But, as soon as I pause, the time when I would normally reflect on what I’ve just watched or read, in floods this story instead along with a sort of vague irritation like how dare you ignore me!


As I’ve read other writers’ thoughts on story writing, I’m guessing this is not the usual way of things. I mean, even though I already have pages and pages dedicated to this one story concept, there’s no order to it. Some pages are dialog but without the accompanying scene development even though the scene plays out entirely in my own mind complete with body language and props. The idea that some writers have to submit chapters for review while the story is in process would probably make me run screaming from it all! There is no rhyme or reason to my notes yet beyond how I view it all in my head. So far there isn’t even a beginning to the story, just bits and pieces of middle and a somewhat vague idea of a climax. It’s even occurred to me that with the elaborate plot already developed, and ideas for character development, it will probably have to be broken into a series…. if it ever solidifies into an actually story.

Is this even remotely normal? Thoughts? Suggestions? Please?


9 thoughts on “Write a Fantasy Novel? Me?!

    eyedoc90 said:
    May 4, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    Sounds perfectly normal to me. Unfortunately, I have about 6 or 7 novels in various stages of completion–but not one completed! is that normal?????

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    zombiedrew2 said:
    May 4, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    As an avid fantasy reader, at an early age I wanted to write. I remember having a paper route, and my time delivering papers was spent thinking through different story ideas. Some were pretty good, others less so, but I never got around to getting them from brain to paper. I still would love to write in the fantasy genre, but my stream of ideas for it isn’t what it once was.

    Keep writing. Go for it, and follow it as far as it will take you. I promise if/when you finish it, I’ll read it.

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      knightwitch responded:
      May 4, 2015 at 11:11 PM

      Thanks! Hopefully it will turn out to be something really worth reading 😅


        zombiedrew2 said:
        May 4, 2015 at 11:29 PM

        Guy Gavriel Kay will be speaking at one of the local universities at the end of the month, and I’m planning on attending. It’s pretty cool. He’s one of my favorite authors, and one of the few authors I’ve actually met (along with Robert J. Sawyer and Anne McCaffery).

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        knightwitch responded:
        May 4, 2015 at 11:30 PM

        Awesome! Have fun!


    MJ said:
    May 5, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Define normal.

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    perpetualadmin said:
    May 20, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    Fantasy is actually one of the few genres I have yet to tap, but it’s full of potential! Fairies, demons, creatures and princesses and heroes and… I’m rambling.

    But I started writing in much the same way, and I really identified with that, and since I only recently returned to fiction, I can sympathize with how you feel. I’d say it’s natural. The one bit of advice I have is to write constantly and to explore your characters, and to see everything through to the end no matter what.

    Thanks again for checking out my blog. It means a lot to me.

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