You may have noticed that I haven’t been blogging daily, it’s kind of been every other day for the past week or so. There’s a reason for that: I am a slightly psychopathic, introverted, excessively busy, and mildly absent-minded writer. Essentially what that means is I generally space it until about 10 o’clock. At 10 o’clock I frantically think of some idea that I could post about; once 12 rolls around I consider it then too late to post anything and for the rest of the day become so busy that I forget to write something, at least thoughts toward a blog post for the next day.
This wasn’t a problem for me at all until I took a break from blogging normally, it was still daily, but it wasn’t really writing; rather, it wasn’t literature. However, my genius is in the bogs; my creative flow is momentarily at a standstill and I’m attempting to revive some of that.
I’m in the works of an exciting new fantasy novel. This will be a full length project, a literal “book”, and will give you a taste of the fantasy world in which my writing exists.
I use fantasy in the most literal way possible, and just to describe a little bit of what fantasy is, how I use it, and the genius of the style will be the purpose of this post.
Welcome to fantasy 101
I’ve often said, and this has become a catchline for me, but the definition of fantasy is characters who don’t exist, in stories that don’t exist, in worlds that can’t exist. what I mean by that is every element of fantasy is by definition impossible. That doesn’t mean you have to write fantasy in the style of Narnia or LOTR, people often take for granted that the most common, and the most popular fantasy worlds in pop media belong to superheroes.
If you take a moment to consider it, fantasy can best be defined, at least the mildest form of it by what I’m about to tell you. Take a brief thought to Superman, one of the most famed and recognizable names of any superhero, the trademark of superhero, and yet he is the only thing besides his villains that exist in his world that does not or could not exist in our world.
Obviously there have been some creative license taken, the comics may have existed slightly deeper into the fantasy realms as what the concept has, and media has taken it’s toll on the original intentions of the comic writers; but Superman is the only thing in his world that is necessary to make it fantasy. If Superman was the only thing in that comic strip that did not or could not exist, that one thing makes it fantasy. That’s all it takes.
A single fantasy element changes the genre of an entire story. Simply having one object or character that could not exists makes the story impossible from then on: hence it is fantasy. This is the type of fantasy I enjoy writing. Not World of Warcraft, not Narnia, the weird creatures loose their appeal outside of allegory. My fantasy deals directly with humans and is only fantastical enough to make it fantasy.
That’s really all there is to it. I can talk the ins and outs of tools fantasy writers use, the worth or uselessness of some of the beings they have created and the mechanics of the style, but in a nutshell it just boils down to one thing that can’t exist. That’s all it takes. Are you living in a fantasy world?
As always, thanks for reading.
–the anonymous novelist