A good fantasy novel isn’t complete without a believable fantasy world to go with it. Arguably, the depth of the world and how well you “build” it is more important when writing fantasy than it is in any other genre. Most genres can use real locations which makes describing the world easier. You can always use Google or visit the location of your setting for most genres, but fantasy worlds come from your imagination and must be well developed so your reader can visualize the landscape, towns, wildlife and so on.
A good starting point for creating a fantasy world is a map. Your map does not need to look like you have studied art and cartography for twenty years. You can always hire someone to design a map later based on your sketches. The important thing is to get a physical reference of your fantasy world for reference when you are writing. Read more ›