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What The Perfect Rules Or Perfect Template To Write A fantasy story..

what I most Reading? From Where I start The story? What I need Before writing fantasy?

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Hi, and welcome to Writers. This is an extremely broad question. If you can narrow it down, we might be able to help you, or you might find an answer in one of the other questions in the fantasy tag. –  Lauren Ipsum Jul 14 at 1:45
    
If you want to write fantasy read it: Robin Hobb, Brandon Sanderson, JRR Tolkein, Raymond E Fesit, Ursula LeGuin, China Meiville, Peter V Brett, David Eddings, Stephen R. Donaldson… Hell, even Stephen King wrote a fantasy series. If you do you'll notice that Fantasy is a very loose term and basically covers everything that isn't Modern or Futuristic (and yes, Urban and SciFi Fantasy are indeed real things!) –  CLockeWork Jul 14 at 15:21
    
You're getting dinged (question and answer) because this is a writer's forum. As such it deals with form, the difficult and extensive subject of defining good writing. Your question is one of formula - as in formulaic. Thus your question seems to ask, "what's the simple secret to good (fantasy) writing?" Simply put, there is no secret. –  Tom Jul 30 at 3:07

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The perfect template to write fantasy is:

  • use a medieval world
  • add magic, dragons, faeries and/or other supernatural elements
  • have a hero complete a quest
  • add some romance
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Your first bullet excludes Urban Fantasy (set in contemporary times). Your last bullet is not required. "Hero" really should be "hero/ine," but that's me nitpicking. :) –  Lauren Ipsum Jul 14 at 12:28
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Agreed, fantasy is a loose term that can apply to a wide range of settings. Brandon Sanderson's Mist Born is set in a Victorian era world and Warbreaker is feudal. Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts' Empire trilogy is set in a feudal Japan style setting! Some of the best fantasy is not medieval, and most of the worst is! Super natural elements are not required (though it does help), the setting is what makes it Fantasy. Quest and hero is not needed either, the first book of Kate Miller's Godspeaker trilogy is entirely about the lead growing up, as are the Assassin's books by Robin Hobb –  CLockeWork Jul 14 at 14:57
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In fairness, I'm not sure if he meant "all fantasy stories must follow this template" or "this is A template for a fantasy story that I think is a pretty good one". In any case, though, stories written from a template tend to sound like they are stories written from a template. –  Jay Jul 14 at 15:04
    
@Jay, I was going by the words "perfect template" ;) True enough mind you; templates equal uniformity and the best works are often the ones that do something original. –  CLockeWork Jul 14 at 15:20
    
I understand the template of a genre to be a simplified prototype, not a motif index. Sir Gawain killing the Green Knight only to discover himself and similar tales are the prototype from which the genre grew. –  what Jul 14 at 16:19

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