I have made it no secret that I am writing a book. I have also stated that it is a high fantasy setting (sorta). High fantasy because of plate mail, magic, and army sizes. And, sorta because the story revolves around eight main characters. Five of which are the children of what would be a real medieval barons, the estranged son of the king, a slum rat, and a barbarian. When they are all together it has a “large party D&D campaign” feel.
I say all of that for two reasons: 1. Drum up exposure for the eventual release and 2. Give some pretext to the world. I know some fantasy authors will make a world that works completely different from Earth and have that be a basis and others will use long convoluted names and magic. Honestly I went with the second one. The world works similar to Earth but there is magic and everyone has a long “fantasy” name. I was curious as to what other writers use to make their fantasy world. Is it fantasy races like elves and dwarves? Crazy, long, hard-to-pronounce names? Or a world where seasons last for decades?
Further questions are: how do you use magic? Personally, I made it dangerous, with very steep consequences. What about dragons? Tameable? Mindless killing machines? Able to speak?
As you can see I am very curious. If you are a Fantasy writer let me know any of these things! I would be more than happy to discuss any and all questions I posed with you.