Hi! I am Crestfallen, a new writer here in Episode. I have been a reader for a while now and I noticed that there has been a lack of Fantasy stories that aren’t about vampires or werewolves. So I wanted to write a Fantasy story of my own, but I have some questions that I pondered on while I was writing my story. I would really appreciate it if you’d answer them!
1.) What makes a good intro?
As a reader, intros were always the hook. It determined whether I would read the story or not. And now as a writer, it is really hard to make an intro that is not clichè or boring. I want your ideas on what makes a good intro so that I can pool those concepts. Also, bonus question for this, what is a good length for the intro?
2.) How much love interests do you think is good enough for the MC?
Honestly, I originally planned on making many love interests so that it can be as realistic as possible (because you aren’t limited to two or three choices irl) but it can be hectic. I have also seen that many people prefer it if there is less love interests.
3.) Would it be considered breaking the Terms of Service if I were to put scenes that go against races/sexual orientation/etc.?
Again, like I said, I want to make the story as realistic as possible by adding scenes of discrimination. But I fear that it may trigger some people (in a bad way) and that it may go against the Terms of Service. The scenes aren’t promoting going against these people, but more of showing a representation of our current world. So I am pretty much caught in a dilemna on this. Also, bonus questions: Do you think I should remove these scenes? If no, should I put a warning beforehand (as I do not want to offend or trigger any readers)?
4.) Do you prefer the MC being the chosen one or just a normal person?
The MC being the chosen one is a bit cliche but I also want to make the readers feel as if they hold a special role in the story. I also want them to experience using powers, etc. but I also feel like making the MC a normal person would make it more realistic and less clichè.
5.) What should I not add in my Fantasy story?
6.) Do you have any additional tips for me as a new writer?
Your answers will be appreciated, thank you!