Hi All

Hope you all doing great!

Ive been writing a fantasy novel book/s for a couple years now and would love to get some input

  1. Characters Ages/Schooling - with a fantasy novel would you start off your characters in High School or University ?

  2. Schooling - Would you call your school a High School or Academy - what sounds better ?eg: [name_f]Olympia[/name_f] High or [name_f]Olympia[/name_f] Academy (not my actual name for my school just an example)

more ideas to follow as i think of them


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Most of my stories revolve around characters that are older than school age, but the ones that do feature students are usually set in high school. Personally, though, I would love to see university-age kids used more in stories!

For my story featuring a high school, I did it call it XYZ High School. Again as a matter of personal preference, I like Academy better. It sounds more sophisticated and ‘prestigious,’ if you will. I think it might depend on the atmosphere you want your school to have.

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I agree with a lot of what @thatonewriter said. I’m 21 so most of my characters are between 18-23 years old because that’s the stage of life that I’m currently in (college). I think college is such a fun setting though so I agree that more stories need to take place at universities! FWIW, in my fantasy story, my MCs are 18 and 19, but they’re not in school.

I also echo the PP for the second question. High School sounds like your average public school. Academy sounds like a private school, a little more prestigious.

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