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Can You Create Your Own Myth..?

February 17, 2014
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In the world of make-believe, writers have the ability to create a believable world of their own making. Research into the ‘known’ myths and legends will assist in the ‘format’ of creating their own tale. From fantastical creatures to other worldly habitats to super powers, everything is possible.mythical-creaturesTaking an idea from conception to fully developed narrative is the path every writer wants.

Whether  utilizing a known god or goddess or a creature, or using your imagination to make one from scratch, compiling a ‘life’ around them is the focus.

Asking questions, being inquisitive and ‘seeing’ alternatives will result in an idea that an author can run with.

The questions need not be deep or difficult. Maybe ask where the consciousness of the Phoenix goes when it is between egg and rising? How a unicorn cleans it horn? Do mermen serve the mermaids?

A childlike curiosity is a writer’s best friend when creating magical elements to a story. Even if the novel will be for adults. We all love to be transported into another world. That is the joy of books.

Maybe you have a favorite mythical creature that sparks your imagination. Why not share?

I coupled my love of wildlife and magical creatures into my children’s chapter book, Ockleberries to the Rescue. The woodland sprites live within their forest home to help the animals that reside there. Research into sprites, pixies, elves and the like was fun and I got to read through my gnome and fairies books too.

Ockleberries

Guardianship themes…

June 14, 2013
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Tutelage – definition: instruction : protection : guardianship

Winner of NaNo

My current work in progress is the result of my successful participation in NaNoWriMo 2012. It is a children’s book about woodland sprites helping the animals that live within their forest. The sprites knowledge of healing was passed down generation to generation. Elders instructing their offspring.

With all new project’s; after the initial idea is laid down, the real work begins. I had to create a history for the sprites and their kind as well as decide, which animals I would have them interact with. Each animal also required their own history and an ailment the sprites could fix. I researched herbal medicines and fabricated instruments the sprites could use. Coming up with names for all these characters was also really enjoyable. I tried to match the name with the animal’s personality. For example the wise old owl is called Xavier, while the mole is Morry.

Woodland sprites front door

Woodland sprites front door

When I thought about today’s word, it occurred to me that these sprites are guardians of the forest dwellers. They ensured the well being and safety of their charges. In a different way, my protagonist, Evan in Life in Slake Patch also had a guardianship role. Although his difficulties were much more complicated. He fought to maintain the matriarchy rules, whilst discovering opposing views to the system and becoming instrumental in historic changes.

What is your current project’s theme?

Do you have guardianship in one way or another?

What are you working on?

September 11, 2012
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Let’s have a game of tag – answer the questions and tag another blogger…

What is the working title of your book?
Ockleberries to the Rescue

Door

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I wrote very short stories for my children years ago but lost the manuscript so I’m trying to remember everything I wrote.

What genre does your book fall under?

It is a children’s educational story.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I can see it as an animated movie so voiceovers would be key. For my two main characters probably Sam Elliott and Joan Cusack

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Forest sprites use magic and herbal healing to help forest animals.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Most probably it will be published through Dream Write Publishing.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I am still in the research and planning stage – I will write the bulk of the manuscript during NaNoWriMo 2012.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I haven’t found anything quite like it but The Faraway tree by Enid Blyton had an enchanted wood in it. There are also lots of books about forest animals but are more factual.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

My family has always been interested in nature and I thought this would be a fun way to teach children about animals.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

The mysterious goddess the sprites learnt from is an actual legend.

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