Believe that you have it, and you have it.
Fantasy. That was what came into my mind when I thought about a new story line.
Maybe because I love the world full of magic and its extraordinary environment?
I love watching fantasy movies, obviously, with The Lord of The Rings easily becomes my all time favorite.
Having said that, I do not read much fantasy books, except for The Charmed Ones novels, which are not an epic fantasy. My reading preference is always on mystery/thriller/investigation genre.
Why am I so focus on writing a fantasy story then?
At first I thought it was just me trying to avoid the so-called “facts” in my novel. My first young adult novel was based on a psycho-thriller plot. I did not know much about a psychopath nor a shrink, the therapy process, yada yada. Based on my little reading on the subject, I tried to avoid most of the technical explanation, simply because I didn’t want to provide wrong facts, hence making my novel less credential.
For years I believe that was the sole reason. To avoid writing facts, something that I don’t know much about.
Writing a fantasy genre would be much simpler because it doesn’t rely on facts, or so I thought. True, when I wrote the series Pengembaraan Fantasi I did not have much difficulty. Writing a teen book does not require much details or technical explanation, as long as the story is interesting.
When I wrote my second young adult novel, a cross-over between the real and fantasy world, I needed to incorporate a bit more details. Interesting alone is not enough. The world has to be believable too. It is something that I realized later on.
Although the fantasy world is not bound to the real world law of physics, it still has its laws that need to be followed. The writer, as the creator of that fantasy world, needs to create a set of rules, thus making the world believable.
These set of rules is not much different from the “facts” in the real world, is it?
It is not until recently that I fully understood the reason behind my genre preference, thanks to the Sword Art Online (SAO) light novels that I had read non-stop for the past 2 weeks.
Reading SAO made me realized that I am writing a fantasy story not to avoid the real world facts, but because it is who I am.
Someone who is simply amazed by the fantasy world. Someone who loves creating her own imaginary world and hopes that it will be her reality. Someone who just wants to hide away from her troubles.
Isn’t it ironic, that I knew this all along, but failed to acknowledge it? Maybe I’m afraid that people would think I’m such a delicate, insecure person.
I guess it is time to accept the truth about who I am. Who knows it might boost up my capability to create a more believable fantasy world.
My current manuscript can be classified as a low fantasy, and maybe a contemporary because the plot took place in the real world (with the element of crossing over to the other world through a portal).
However it is my wish – after the current manuscript is completed – to write a high, epic fantasy story (which I have started drafting it ^-^).