After a lengthy summer hiatus, I’m eager to begin blogging again. I’m hoping to engage with you more regularly for the remainder of the year and into 2013 as I explore different writing topics, share writer, editor & agent interviews, and possibly host a contest or two. As always, I sincerely appreciate you taking time to read & interact with me. Writing can be a lonely world and it’s comforting to know so many of us are on this same road – perhaps at different stages – and moving forward together.
As I contemplated what to start the blogging season with, I thought about my WIP, as I often do. Dragons have taken center stage in my current project. Dragons aren’t new to fiction and the task of bringing something fresh to their history can be challenging.
It all starts with characterization. If dragons (or people) are going to populate your fantasy world, they need to be believable, living, breathing creatures. They can’t just breathe fire, destroy villages and hoard gold. They must be much more than that. They must have hopes, dreams, imaginations and families. They must hold grudges, offer forgiveness and overcome obstacles.
Creating believable characters is an essential part of a great story. You may have created the most fantastic world this side of Middle-earth but if you’re characters are flat, you’re wasting a tremendous opportunity. Some writers can sidestep weak characters with incredible world-building but those success stories are few and far between. As a fantasy writer, you’d like both a vivid world and characters the reader will care about.