How To Create Unique Fantasy Creatures

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If mythological creatures are creatures of myth and imagination, then why do we still see dragon after dragon?  I’m guilty of it too.  Fantasy has a lot of the same thing repeated throughout, and it’s easy to keep repeating it in our own works.  Hence, we have a lot of unicorns, pegusi, and dragons.

But why do we keep writing the same things?  For one, it’s effortless.  It takes less brainwork to insert a dragon than it does to add a snarflump.  No one’s ever heard of a snarflump before, and you’re on new, uncharted territory.  People might not like it.

But fantasy writers should try to push themselves out of the habit of using the same creatures over and over again.

And, hey, you’re a writer.  You literally create worlds and characters and plots out of thin air.  How hard can creating a new thing be? Continue reading

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A List of Rare Mythological Creatures

Kelpie - a water horse from Celtic mythology thought to haunt the rivers and lochs of Scotland and Ireland:

So, I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that dragons are getting a little overused.  You know?  Every fantasy book has to have a dragon.  When did that become a thing?  Just because The Hobbit has the best dragon ever doesn’t mean everyone else has to copy…  

I’m guilty too.  Dragons are just plain cool.  But, there are other cool creatures out there too.  So, a small list of lesser appreciated creatures. Continue reading