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