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Fantasy Is An Authors Tool – Use Yours..!

April 21, 2014

articlesFantasical creatures are not only fun but excellent sources for works of fiction. Whether you still hold the childlike wonder of fairies, elves, mermaids or unicorns in your imagination or utilize myths and legends in history, there is a delight in bringing such creatures alive within your narrative.

I will admit to loving the fantasy world and wish the inhabitants of such classics as Alice in Wonderland, Stig of the Dump, Grimms’ Fairy Tales, Wind in the Willows and the like, were indeed real.


Can you imagine what the world would be like if they walked among us? 

We can immerse ourselves in these kind of worlds through books and movies and many have become ‘lifelike’ to many, such as the werewolves and vampires in the current popular genre.

As writers we spend a lot of time in make believe and that is perfectly fine. There may even be a fine line between our two worlds, where our characters and their setting become real to us. Upon finishing a project there is a sadness to the leaving that world behind. (Unless you are writing a series!)

No matter your device to telling your story, fantasy is a large part of it no matter which genre you are writing because we create everything within our narrative from stratch. Although, inspiration can come from a line, a character we love and want to develop or from a memory. Our imagination is our most important tool.

What magical creatures have you written about?


An author who knew this magic and sadly passed away.ía-márquez-conjurer-of-magic-realism-dies-at-87-114041900068_1.html

Cantankerous Characters…

September 2, 2013

Cantankerous – definition: disagreeable to deal with; contentious Grumpy 2 Who recognizes this grumpy character? He optimizes grumpiness. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released in 1937 and was the first full-length animated feature film to be made in Technicolor. It was actually based on “Snow White” published by The Brothers Grimm in 1812 in the first edition of their collection Grimms’ Fairy Tales. The German title was Sneewittchen but numbered as Tale 53. The Grimms completed their final revision of the story in 1854. An interesting fact is that the dwarfs were given names in the Broadway play in 1912 even though in Grimm’s version they did not have names at all. These names changed for the 1937 movie. The 1912 names were Blick, Flick, Glick, Plick, Quee, Snick and Whick changing to Bashful, Doc, Dopey, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy and Sneezy in 1937.  Whose is/was your favorite?   776px-Franz_Jüttner_Schneewittchen_3 Have you written a cantankerous character? Did you have any difficulties writing them?

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