Branching Out: Fantasy Novels

Happy New Year everyone!

Sometime in October I decided to branch out in my creative endeavors (which are quite diverse) and begin writing a novel that I have had in my head for over ten years — before I had even decided that I wanted to pursue a music degree!

I can’t tell you much at this point, for fear of revealing  too much of the plot (spoilers and thieves!). But what I can tell you is that it is set in the past, or at least in a setting very like our past that this story could very well have happened. There will be dragons, and mystery, and music will be a part of the story. The book is geared more toward an upper middle school age range but should be fun for all ages.

I would love for my followers to answer these questions:

  1. What is something you always enjoy in a fantasy novel?
  2. What is something new or unique you might like to see in a fantasy novel?
  3. What is something you hate seeing used (or overused) in a fantasy novel?

Having a little bit of input from different perspectives might be a positive factor in this writing process. My goal is to create something that is deeply satisfying to the soul (good guy wins, redemption, etc.) without being predictable, while adding some unique or unusual elements that are not typically seen in stories of this ilk.

About Lady Fair

Lady is a musician with a bachelor's degree in music education. She plays multiple instruments and has participated in numerous musical ensembles, giving her a wide variety of experiences and knowledge to use in her teaching career. Of her ensemble participation, she has fifteen years of band experience, nine years choral, and four years in orchestra. Éowyn's primary instrument is clarinet, with voice and piano being close secondary instruments. Throughout her musical education career she studied voice and clarinet simultaneously. In addition to clarinet, piano, and voice, she has also studied violin and oboe at the college level, and also plays recorder, tin whistle, and other instruments in the woodwind family. If you ask her, she will say, "I chose to major in music education because I have a desire to use my knowledge and experience in music to share its beauty and foster a love of music in the hearts of my students. I hope to encourage my students to try their hardest, feel like they have accomplished something, and give them a life long passion for music." Lady currently teaches private lessons on clarinet, sax, flute, oboe, piano, and voice, and recently gained a position teaching orchestra and chorus at a local middle school. She is also a member of the Once Upon a Dream woodwind ensembles.
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2 Responses to Branching Out: Fantasy Novels

  1. linsayculver says:

    I read a ton of fantasy and sci fi. I love the magic element and the different monsters that characters battle–whether it is physical monsters or something in their psyche. I recently took a creative writing class and most writing follows certain patterns every time per Kurt Vonnegat. I think trying to figure out which category you fall in may help you come up with some unique elements. I think what may make your book unique is writing in a perspective that isn’t usually used, like first person or second person. Most people use omniscient third person perspective because it’s the easiest and you don’t have restraints like with the aforementioned. Goodluck on your novel. I am currently writing one, too, but it is a lot harder than it seems when just thinking about it. I have about 50,000 words left.

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