Reblogging aggressively. Some publishers will throw your manuscript into the slush pile or, worse, the trash if you don’t follow their desired format. Spec fic publishers are especially strict about manuscript formatting.
Also reblogging aggressively.
- Alternate World: A setting that is not our world, but may be similar. This includes “portal fantasies” in which characters find an alternative world through their own. An example would be The Chronicles of Narnia.
- Arabian: Fantasy that is based on the Middle East and North Africa.
- Arthurian: Set in Camelot and deals with Arthurian mythology and legends.
- Bangsian: Set in the afterlife or deals heavily with the afterlife. It most often deals with famous and historical people as characters. An example could be The Lovely Bones.
- Celtic: Fantasy that is based on the Celtic people, most often the Irish.
- Christian: This genre has Christian themes and elements.
- Classical: Based on Roman and Greek myths.
- Contemporary: This genre takes place in modern society in which paranormal and magical creatures live among us. An example would be the Harry Potter series.
- Dark: This genre combines fantasy and horror elements. The tone or feel of dark fantasy is often gloomy, bleak, and gothic.
- Epic: This genre is long and, as the name says, epic. Epic is similar to high fantasy, but has more importance, meaning, or depth. Epic fantasy is most often in a medieval setting.
- Gaslamp: Also known as gaslight, this genre has a Victorian or Edwardian setting.
- Gunpowder: Gunpowder crosses epic or high fantasy with “rifles and railroads”, but the technology remains realistic unlike the similar genre of steampunk.
- Heroic: Centers on one or more heroes who start out as humble, unlikely heroes thrown into a plot that challenges them.
- High: This is considered the “classic” fantasy genre. High fantasy contains the general fantasy elements and is set in a fictional world.
- Historical: The setting in this genre is any time period within our world that has fantasy elements added.
- Medieval: Set between ancient times and the industrial era. Often set in Europe and involves knights. (medieval references)
- Mythic: Fantasy involving or based on myths, folklore, and fairy tales.
- Portal: Involves a portal, doorway, or other entryway that leads the protagonist from the “normal world” to the “magical world”.
- Quest: As the name suggests, the protagonist in this genre sets out on a quest. The protagonist most frequently searches for an object of importance and returns home with it.
- Sword and Sorcery: Pseudomedieval settings in which the characters use swords and engage in action-packed plots. Magic is also an element, as is romance.
- Urban: Has a modern or urban setting in which magic and paranormal creatures exist, often in secret.
- Wuxia: A genre in which the protagonist learns a martial art and follows a code. This genre is popular in Chinese speaking areas.
Word counts for fantasy are longer than other genres because of the need for world building. Even in fantasy that takes place in our world, there is a need for the introduction of the fantasy aspect.
Word counts for established authors with a fan base can run higher because publishers are willing to take a higher chance on those authors. First-time authors (who have little to no fan base) will most likely not publish a longer book through traditional publishing. Established authors may also have better luck with publishing a novel far shorter than that genre’s expected or desired word count, though first-time authors may achieve this as well.
A general rule of thumb for first-time authors is to stay under 100k and probably under 110k for fantasy.
Other exceptions to word count guidelines would be for short fiction (novellas, novelettes, short stories, etc.) and that one great author who shows up every few years with a perfect 200k manuscript.
But why are there word count guidelines? For young readers, it’s pretty obvious why books should be shorter. For other age groups, it comes down to the editor’s preference, shelf space in book stores, and the cost of publishing a book. The bigger the book, the more expensive it is to publish.
- General Fantasy: 75k - 110k
- Epic Fantasy: 90k - 120k
- Contemporary Fantasy: 90k - 120k
- Urban Fantasy: 80k - 100k
- Middle Grade: 45k - 70k
- YA: 75k - 120k (depending on sub-genre)
- Adult: 80k - 120k (depending on sub-genre)
A pseudo-European medieval setting is fine, but it’s overdone. And it’s always full of white men and white women in disguise as white men because around 85% (ignore my guess/exaggeration, I only put it there for emphasis) of fantasy writers seem to have trouble letting go of patriarchal societies.
Guys. It’s fantasy. You can do whatever you want. You can write a fantasy that takes place in a jungle. Or in a desert. Or in a prairie. The people can be extremely diverse in one region and less diverse in another. The cultures should differ. Different voices should be heard. Queer people exist. People of color exist. Not everyone has two arms or two legs or the ability to hear.
As for the fantasy elements, you also make up the rules. Don’t go searching around about how a certain magic spell is done, just make it up. Magic can be whatever color you want. It can be no color at all. You can use as much or as little magic as you want.
Keep track of what you put into your world and stick to the rules. There should be limits, laws, cultures, climates, disputes, and everything else that exists in our world. However, you don’t have to go over every subject when writing your story.
- Fantasy World Building Questionnaire
- Magical World Builder’s Guide
- Creating Fantasy and Science Fiction Worlds
- Creating Religions
- Quick and Dirty World Building
- World Building Links
- Fantasy World Building Questions
- The Seed of Government (2)
- Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy
- Fantasy Worlds and Race
- Water Geography
- Alternate Medieval Fantasy Story
- Writing Magic
- Types of Magic
- When Magic Goes Wrong
- Magic-Like Psychic Abilities
- Science and Magic
- Creative Uses of Magic
- Thoughts on Creating Magic Systems
- Defining the Sources, Effects, and Costs of Magic
- World Building Basics
- Mythology Master Post
- Fantasy Religions
- Setting the Fantastic in the Everyday World
- Making Histories
- Matching Your Money to Your World
- Building a Better Beast
- A Man in Beast’s Clothing
- Creating and Using Fictional Languages
- Creating a Language
- Creating Fictional Holidays
- Creating Holidays
- Weather and World Building 101
- Describing Fantastic Creatures
- Medieval Technology
- Music For Your Fantasy World
- A heterogeneous World
- Articles on World Building
- Grand List of Fantasy Cliches (most of this can be debated)
- Fantasy Cliches Discussion
- Ten Fantasy Cliches That Should Be Put to Rest
- Seven Fantasy Cliches That Need to Disappear
- Avoiding Fantasy Cliches 101
- Avoiding Fantasy Cliches
- Fantasy Cliches
- Fantasy Cliche Meter: The Bad Guys
- Fantasy Novelist’s Exam
- Mary Sue Race Test
Note: Species (like elves and dwarves) are not cliches. The way they are executed are cliches.
THE JACKET MAYA WAS WEARING IN THE LATEST EPISODE WAS THE SAME ONE SHE WAS WEARING ON HER FIRST DATE WITH CAM
there is nothing romantic about death
pretty much 80% of the Degrassi season 12 bloopers were of Munro. You would think being there for as long as he has he would get more of his lines right.
It was heartwarming to see Dylan though <3
"I Believe In A Thing Called Love" Prompt Masterlist:
A Case of Almosts | PG | Song Prompt: Maya reflects on Cam’s passing through Mme. Jean Aux’s “If I could turn back time…” assignment.
All I Need | PG | Song Prompt: Maya in college meets someone familiar. Too familiar.
First Cuts | PG | Song Prompt: Camaya/Matlingsworth. Maya erupts unexpectedly, triggered by memories of Cam. Miles helps console her.
A String That Ties to You | PG-13, Warnings: suicide theme | Cam and Maya deal with the after math of Cam’s suicide attempt, where he survives.
Home | PG |Maya sits in on dinner, for the first time, in Cam’s hometown, meeting his family for the first time.
Argument, Schmargument | PG | Whenever they’re in a fight, Cam decides he’s always wrong.
Cam-sized Secret | PG-13, Warnings: Almost smut | Maya and Cam spend the afternoon together, alone. At least they believe they’ve got the the Matlin house to themselves, until an unexpected visitor surprises them.
Pomp & Circum-panic | PG | Maya’s graduation should be one to celebrate, but Cam’s familiar erratic behaviour is concerning.
Because You’re Around | PG | Future-Camaya. Little Matty Saunders discovers Cam’s suicidal past and questions his mother.
Campbell Soup | PG | Maya develops the flu, and Campbell has just the remedy.
You Get Me, Inside Out | PG-13 | Hormonal Camaya. Cam and Maya practice French conjugation, and other ‘extracurriculars’.
Best in White | PG-13, Warnings: Implying sexual theme | Camaya-Wedding night. ‘Nuff said.
Someone To Watch Over | PG-13, Warnings: suicide themes | Maya decides to end her life, and Cam refuses to let her.
Stargazers | PG | Maya grudgingly signs up for the Stargazers Club to get to know Cam for Tristan, while she finds her prejudices against him wearing as they study the stars together
Amends | PG | Maya thinks of Cam while she’s with Harry.
The Organized Life | PG-13, Warnings: Suicide themes, character death | Cam’s last moments in the greenhouse.
Once More, En Francais | PG-13, Warnings: Suicide theme | Ghost!Cam visits Maya.
The Scare | PG | Maya has a pregnancy scare, while Cam is AWOL.
Falling Slowly | PG-13, Warnings: Smut-lite | Maya and Cam’s first time.
Isabelle & Matty | PG | Sunday mornings at the Matlin-Saunders household.
Delivered, Undelivered | PG-13, Warnings: Suicide themes | Maya knows he can’t be reached, nor answer, but she continues to send her dead ex texts.
A/N: If anyone can ID the source of this beautiful gif, I’d like to credit them. Thanks.
A/N: Almost forgot about this one. HA. Sorry, puns are my weakness.
‘I should’ve known you’d bring me heartache, almost lovers always do.’
Mme. Jean Aux’s assignment was easy enough because Maya had been speaking en francais since she was old enough to speak. Having Francophones in the household helps too.
Though when she sits down to think of ‘If I could turn back time…’, she’s itching for the pen in front of her, but she calms herself and exits the room.
It was a bad idea for Tori to move into her locker, because wherever Tori goes, so does her line up of eligible and insatiably hormonal boys. It takes almost all of her to not scream and push the new one she spots, leaning up against their locker. She stops in front of him, staring, hoping he’ll receive her nonverbal message to scram. But, he doesn’t budge.
"Where’s Tori?" He asks in a dazed, monotone voice that she’ll later mimic for Tristan. "She said she’d meet me here."
She can’t help but smirk, and closes in on him. “Didn’t you hear?”
The lanky boy nervously bends down to actually hear Maya’s dropped tone. “What?” He whispers.
"She leaves the ones she doesn’t like by her locker, then tells the Ice Hounds to grab him if he doesn’t take the hint that she’s not interested. Ask Marcoux, he was the last guy that found out too late."
He raises his head quickly, looking dizzy from the sudden movement as he replies, “Seriously…”
She nods, biting back a bubbling fit of laughter.
"Can you tell her, uh, tell her that I—just give her this." The boy looks both ways before speed walking past her.
The fit she’s about to release passes as soon as her fingers unfold the note that the boy pressed in her hand. This note, with all its misspelling and i’s he did not dot, somehow has left her tracing the words, leaning up against locker, absorbed by its sentiments; ‘you’re the prettiest’, ‘can’t think of anything but you’, ‘meet you by the stacks in the library where no one goes’ swim headily in her head.
And the monotonous voice she hears writing this note, changes to the quiet, careful lilt of his voice, 'Tu es tres belle.' It jolts her, so she gulps and slowly closes her eyes, counting to ten as Katie’s advised, but then she see dark eyes instead of the lanky boy’s blues. When she forces her eyes to open, and face the fact that she’s alone, she feels his fingertips skim across her forehead, the way he used to before kissing it there.
Her stomach feels like it’s floating for a moment, until she sees Tori’s name in the note again. That’s when she exhales deep breaths to calm because the hallway is ringing with the signal bell, and soon Tori and crowd of people would flood her way.
"I was thinking funky-smelling fish fillet and the watery mashed potatoes today, or what do you think the caf has to offer this time," Tori asks, locking her arms with Maya’s.
"I have to finish French homework, I completely forgot it was due today." Maya excuses herself, unlocking herself from her friend, pushing the note towards her before she forgets.
Her pencil is a flurry of energy across her paper, jotting down everything and anything before she loses her nerve.
If I could turn back time, I wouldn’t know the last time you said goodbye was on the bus on our way home. But, if I knew I’d only have a week after that, I’d take you home with me on the Wednesday that my mom and dad and even Katie left me with the house. It would be perfect, because I know how you get nervous every time you hear someone stirring around the living room, where you usually like to think you’re stealing kisses; I see them coming. I always see you.
And when you don’t see it coming, I would tell you how I really feel, because I’ve been thinking about telling you since you surprised me at Battle of the Bands. I realize then, and when you’ll sit across from me in the middle of the living room, which we’d turn into our little movie marathon, cozy space, that I love you. Normally, I’d mutter it without thinking, and you’ll ask me to repeat myself, and I’ll chicken out. But, since you have one week left, I’d say it clearly and slowly so it sinks in, and you don’t have a choice but to know.
I imagine you’d look like Bubbles, my first pet, fresh out of the fishbowl, opening and closing your mouth. I think I’d get a head start and kiss you then, because I think you’d say it back, and I’d be so happy that I wouldn’t let you say much after that. We’d be happy, and that would be enough until you’d say goodbye again.
Only, that makes me realize that maybe that’s what our actual last night was about. Even if you didn’t say it, maybe you meant it. I remember the way I caught you staring at me after you attacked me with Hoot, like you couldn’t look away. I felt the way you squeezed my hand tighter when you were already holding me. And when you thought I was asleep in the morning, I saw you sneaking away to your hockey practice, and then run back to kiss the middle of my forehead before you left. I saw you struggle to leave too. Were you going to say it then?
You know what sucks about this assignment? It’s the fact that I’m stuck here not being able to go back in time and figure it out. What sucks the most though, is the fact that all of this is a reminder that we were all about the ‘almosts’. You almost, I almost.
Maya has to stop because of the tiny dot that’s splattered over her paper, soaking the ‘happy’, and when she tries to save it, it’s already obscured and unreadable, ruined. Other tiny dots wet her page, and soon it doesn’t make much sense read aloud.
"Maya," she hears him. "Why are you crying?"
She turns, stomach flipping, only to face Tori repeating herself in her own voice. “Why are you crying, hun?”
Maya scraps the paper, and stuffs it into her pocket. Before Tori can ask, Maya’s already hugging her middle, burying her face over her front.
"French homework not done?" Tori asks weakly.
Maya just stares, angry, terribly angry that she doesn’t get it. But, then she simply replies, frown disappearing, “It’s a stupid assignment.”
Tori watches her cry again, and holds her even closer when she tries to pry herself away.