I argue that the greatest fantasy writes from what a writer does in fact know and has lived.
|Ah, we dream|
Here’s what I mean: All great fantasy feels real because the greatest fantasy writers understand the importance of their own lived experience, what they learned while at home, wherever that home might be. The greatest, say Tolkien, make you at home in the worlds they create.
First, start with your literal home in a guided imagery writing experiment. I'll outline it for you here, but be sure to do it as a free write.
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Chapter 3 coming soon ...