Do you know what’s behind the urban fantasy?
Writing An Urban Fantasy
Last week I worked on a miniseries for an urban fantasy adventure. I got to thinking about all the components that go into writing this type of story and thought I would share my thoughts with you. Do you know how to write one?
What’s Behind the Urban Fantasy?
Realism & Magic
The most common aspect of an urban fantasy is blending a modern setting with magical elements. Mythical creatures in a contemporary city. Magical powers bestowed to mortals. An average person battling the odds within a fantastical realm. It’s the perfect combination of the “real world”, a world that we all know, and something straight out of your imagination.
Building A World
An important thing to remember is that when you’re building the magical side of your world, you have to be consistent with the rules. You have to know your world inside and out to create the best possible experience for your reader and avoid confusion. Is the magical side a secret to the modern world? Can anyone learn magic? How did the creatures come to this modern realm?
You have to know the structure of your world, which is true for any story. You wouldn’t want to say it’s forbidden for a magical creature to show itself to a mortal, then have them wandering around freely being seen without a reason why.
Typically in an urban fantasy, the hero has a quest. It can involve learning about the magical world or using what they know to defeat the threat. The hero may be learning about their newfound powers whether they came from birthright or another source.
The main point is that they have a purpose, a destiny to fulfill related to this magical world. Whatever knowledge they have about the other realms can depend on how far you are in the book series or who their family is (do they already know they’re part of a witches coven?). Give your lovable hero a grand role in the magical world of your creation!
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