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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Quirky Character Quirks

It snowed here.  It only snows a few times here, and the snow isn’t that great typically.  But we got a several inches, and I went out for a while.

Small thoughts:

  • snow covered trees change the whole landscape
  • fog on snow is really pretty (not if you’re skiing, then it’s terrifying)
  • my dog could be a model for a hallmark Christmas card.  he likes to sit and stare up at the falling snow.
  • that crunch when you step on dry snow
  • it’s so quiet outdoors (unless you’re one of those people who like to scream to break the silence)

While I was outside, I was thinking about characters.  I half expected to find a lamp post in the middle of my woods, but that sadly didn’t happen.  I wondered if I’d be able survive if I did find Narnia, considering that a lot of the food there (turkish delight for example) would not be good.  On one hand, the evil White Witch wouldn’t bother me because I don’t eat sweets, but on the other, could I survive? Continue reading

More Writing Prompts

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Hello there, let’s start with this little thing that I found on my computer.  Computers are full of surprises.  Things can get buried, and then they appear, and you’re like: “When did I ever make that?”  Happens to me all the time.

No one has ever explored the bottoms of the sea.  Mankind has opted to explore the depths of space.  It seems suspicious that we’ll explore the place so big that we call it “Space,” but we haven’t even seen all of our planet.

Well, they tried.  It just went unrecorded.  The mission was never noted anywhere, any evidence was destroyed.

Did that catch your attention? 😛  That came from a prompt I found somewhere, some time long ago.  Feel free to finish it, as I probably won’t get around to it for a while.  Onto the fresh, new prompts!  (And this time, they sorta are castle-y) Continue reading

Babysitting the Hacker- A Crazy Short Story

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“Where did you learn to break into a lock?  You’re eight years old!” 

That, my friends, is a start of an epic story.  We have all these crime-fighting kids in books and movies, but really, how many eight year olds are going to be on the streets by themselves while working?  It’s crazy.  Someone has to babysit.  

So of course you’ll click the button, right? —->>> Continue reading

Off Track- Short Story

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Well, well, well.  Another short story.  Actually, it’s more of a flash-fiction piece, but the shortness worked well for this story.  So, enjoy, and tell me what you thought in the comments below! 😀  (Edit:  So I didn’t realize how similar this was to the video short, also titled Off Track (whoops.)  Go watch the cool movie, then read. 🙂 I definitely don’t mean to plagiarize!!!!) Continue reading