How to write a fantasy novel for young adults
I have read some tome-ish adult fantasy novels, and across the board the reason for their doorstopper length is due to extremely detailed world building.
Writing for teenage audience
But as I mentioned above, YA readers like to focus on character. Great adult fantasy is so often about creating a deep and textured world that readers can move into—one that is wide and historied. Therefore, middle-grade novels tend to deal with middle-school-age characters and young-adult novels deal with high school-age characters. You're absorbing grammar. Oh how I hate this protagonist. There is much less likely to be a ton of strange words on page 1 in a YA novel. But it is not about finding an issue and then creating a story around it. Mr Bean from Love Actually. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Have the mindset of a cinematographer Sometimes writers get so caught up in their world that they write block paragraph after block paragraph after block paragraph of description. Tie your worldbuilding into your plot Art by Jamie Noble.
If the main character can demonstrate these characteristics that define the most basic of humanity, continue reading. And finally… Like What You Just Read? Generally these are subplots to a larger overarching plot, but they are often devoted a fair amount of page time.
What is ya fantasy
Half of the time, I find myself hating the protagonist and wanting them to fail and die. But after a good cry, I went home and gave it a try. But it can also be a massive headache. No need to force it. Generally speaking, your story should be told from the perspective of a teenage protagonist, which is usually what categorises the book as 'young adult'. We got you covered. Love at first sight is in It takes Rand and the gang foreeeever to leave their home in the first book of the Wheel of Time novels. But it is not about finding an issue and then creating a story around it. While this can be useful in certain instances, keep in mind you can still write in more complicated language, provided you do it well. What are their ultimate goals, and where are they willing to go to achieve that goal? Regardless of genre, both these fantasy series contain real-world conflict. No one wants page after page of description and back-story on a bush on the side of the path think Lord of the Rings for their very first. Castle Ruins, art by Jeff Brown. The YA section of the bookstore is the prettiest.
What are their ultimate goals, and where are they willing to go to achieve that goal? YA fiction contains far more freedom than restriction, and as far as plots are concerned, YA fiction is able to explore just as many complex ideas as any other form.
Not every YA fantasy has a plot twist, and certainly plenty of non-YA books do. But it is not about finding an issue and then creating a story around it.
But after a good cry, I went home and gave it a try. A character who can control lightning? While many young adult novels can make an incredible mark in literary history, others may leave your readers unimpressed, simply blending into the background of a highly saturated category.
While this can be useful in certain instances, keep in mind you can still write in more complicated language, provided you do it well.
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