Do you want to write a story about a magical world, but don't know where to start? Don't worry! We are here to help. In this blog post, we will give you some tips and tricks on how to write an amazing story about a magical world. So sit back, relax, and get ready to learn all there is to know about creating magical worlds!
- Start by creating a basic outline of your story, including the main characters and the plot
- Come up with a creative name for your magical world and describe its landscape
- Create a backstory for your magical world - why is it a secret to the outside world, and what happened to make it this way?
- Describe the magical creatures that live in your world, and how they interact with humans
- Write about one or two scenes from your story that show off the magic of your world
- Finish up by giving readers a taste of what's to come in future chapters (or books) in your series (you definitely cannot create a magical world and limit it to just one story!)
The Basic Outline
Drafting a basic outline for your magical world story is a great place to start. You can always add more details later, but it's important to have the main characters and plot points down before you get too deep into the writing process.
In your outline, be sure to include:
- The protagonist (main character) of your story
- The antagonist (villain or opposing force)
- The main conflict or goal of your story
- A few key scenes that you want to write about
- The resolution of the story
Once you have a basic outline, you can start fleshing out the details of your magical world.
You can also try our story planner template or planning book, to help you organise your ideas and thoughts!
Naming Your World
One of the most important aspects of any story is its setting. In order to make your magical world come to life, you need to give it a name. This name will be used throughout your story, so choose wisely!
When picking a name for your world, consider its history and the type of magic that exists there. For example, if your world is full of fire-based magic, you might want to include the word "flame" or "fire" in its name.
If you're struggling to come up with a name for your world, try looking at a map for inspiration. Look for words that describe the land itself, such as "forest," "mountain," or "sea." You can also use made-up words, like J.K. Rowling did for the wizarding world of Harry Potter (Hogwarts, anyone?)
Creating a Backstory
Every world has a history, and yours should be no different.
When writing the backstory for your magical world, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Why is your world hidden from the rest of the world?
- What events led to its current state?
- Who are the major players in your world's history?
As you write your backstory, keep the main conflict or goal of your story in mind. How does the history of your world tie into the events of your story?
For example, perhaps the hidden magical world is revealed to the protagonist when they discover that they are part of a secret society of witches and wizards. The backstory of the world could then focus on how and why this society was formed, as well as what their goals are.
Describing the Magic
Now that you have the basics down, it's time to start writing about the magical creatures and features of the world. When it comes to magical creatures, there is no limit to the imagination. Dragons, unicorns, and phoenixes are just a few of the possibilities.
To bring these creatures to life on the page, it is important to think about their physical appearance, habits, and personalities.
What kind of habitat do they live in?
What do they eat?
How do they reproduce?
Answering these questions will help to create a believable and compelling creature. In addition to thinking about the creatures themselves, it is also important to consider the magical features of their world.
Are there enchanted forests or talking animals?
Are there spells and potions?
Do the characters have magical powers?
The possibilities are endless, so have fun with it!
By answering these questions, writers can create a rich and vibrant world that readers will want to visit again and again (which is perfect if you are going at the short story angle).
Find A Creative Way To Focus On World's Magic
You want to paint a picture and suck your readers into the world you've created. It's one thing to tell them the world is magical, it's another to show them.
One way to do this is through the use of sensory details. When describing the magic in your world, think about what your character would see, hear, taste, smell, and touch. What kind of emotions they would feel. If you can do so, creatively and engagingly across one or two chapters, you've done a great job.
If you find that your world is lacking in magic, consider adding more creatures or magical features. It's important to have a good balance of both magic and non-magic in your story. Too much magic can make the world feel unreal, while too little can make it feel like our own mundane reality.
A good rule of thumb is to have about 50/50 balance between magic and non-magic elements.
A Taste Of What's To Come
Your readers should believe that this world will continue to live even when they stop reading. This can be done by hinting at future events or foreshadowing future plot points. Learn all about literary devices and foreshadowing in this blog post.
You might want to write a sequel or even a series set in this world, so it's important to leave breadcrumbs for yourself (and your readers) to follow.
By following these tips, you'll be well on your way to writing a story about a magical world that readers will love. Just remember to have fun with it and let your imagination run wild!
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