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Let’s take a break from all the deep, philosophical, how-to writing type of posts for today and get into something fun – like writing fantasy!

To put is simply, writing in this genre is freakin cool! And to prove it, here are ten reasons to back this up!

  1. It’s totally okay to make things up! You wanna have blue monkeys that spit fire balls and only sleep during the say upside down in green crystal caves?? Have at it!! (and if you don’t take this idea, I totally will!)
  2. You can finally fulfill that dream of kicking ass in a sword fight. Guys get to have all the fun when it comes to swords in medieval stories. But in my story, what I say goes, and if I want to live through my female character and kick every man’s butt in the court yard – guess what? I can!
  3. You can design that castle the way you want to. Remember playing princess when you were little out of a cardboard box? You can take what you imagined that box castle to look like and get it down on paper. (extra points if you can draw it!)
  4. Blending cultures is awesome fun. Who says I can’t have a Medieval English Castle with people wearing Kimonos who like to yodel from balconies? I can totally make that work!
  5. Writing in old English makes you pretty cool. Where else can you use terms like “Good Day my Lady” and “bloody rubbish” on a daily basis and you’re not thought of as crazy?
  6. It’s a perfect excuse to watch your favorite fantasy movies like Conan, Willow, 13th Warrior, and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy twenty million times. All in the name of inspiration right??
  7. Epic Fantasy is totally in right now! Ahem…Game of Thrones anyone??
  8. You write in your world so much even you start to believe it. And if you get hardcore fans to believe it too, you are the ISH!
  9. You are the God of your world, and what you say goes! (great outlet for your narcissism too!)
  10. Whatever fantastical mess I come up with, it’s my job to make you believe it. This is the challenge that makes being a writer frustrating yet rewarding, because if somebody like Tolkein can make you believe in hobbits, dwarves, and a little place called Middle Earth, I will try my damnest to make you believe in my blue monkeys!

Fantasy fans, anything I’m missing??

Photo courtesy of: fantasy-backgrounds.com

4 Comments
  • The Muse

    April 6, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    UHHHHH….NOPE! I think you pretty much covered it!

    Im a dragons kinda girl myself…and I like those samaurai’s with the scottish accents myself…..:D

  • Star Wars Fan

    April 29, 2011 at 12:53 am

    “It’s totally okay to make things up! You wanna have blue monkeys that spit fire balls and only sleep during the say upside down in green crystal caves?? Have at it!! (and if you don’t take this idea, I totally will!)”
    *points* This is why I prefer fantasy (or science fiction with a suspicious amount of ‘psychic powers that just happen to have been boosted to magical levels’) to pure science fiction for inspiration – it’s easier to get things working without having to jump through endless hoops of laws-of-physics or laws-of-biology. If I could figure out how to get faster-than-light-travel, cheap space travel, or environmental-cleansing-agents working without violating the laws of physics, why in the world would I be wasting time writing?! I’d be getting my name into the history books! XD;;

    “Blending cultures is awesome fun. Who says I can’t have a Medieval English Castle with people wearing Kimonos who like to yodel from balconies? I can totally make that work!”
    Hey, why don’t we have a “(and if you don’t take this idea, I totally will!)” disclaimer on THIS one? 😀 I’d buy that book in two seconds! (Okay, maybe three – the first one would be taken up being impressed by how awesome that was.)

    “Writing in old English makes you pretty cool. Where else can you use terms like “Good Day my Lady” and “bloody rubbish” on a daily basis and you’re not thought of as crazy?”
    …England? 😛 (Not so much the first one as the second one, admittedly.)

    Great (and funny) post! I think you got everything – well, I combine 2 and 9 to

    (Came over here from your post on fangirlblog.)

    P.S.
    “It’s a perfect excuse to watch your favorite fantasy movies like Conan, Willow, 13th Warrior, and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy twenty million times. All in the name of inspiration right??”
    Seconded! Have you ever read Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny, by the way? It’s technically science fiction, but it’s essentially a fantasy novel. Best book I ever read. Doesn’t seem to get mentioned much for some reason, though.

  • Star Wars Fan

    April 29, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Er… sorry. “Well, I combine 2 and 9 to” was part of a line that I deleted while writing the post, but I didn’t see I had left that in until I had already hit “post”. Just gibberish, in other words.

  • M. McGriff

    April 29, 2011 at 10:11 am

    @The Muse – Aww man, totally forgot about the dragons!

    @Star Wars Fan – So glad you liked this!! What’s so funny at the blue monkey is I actually had someone on the Visual Adjectives forum (link is on the right sidebar) draw a blue monkey for me and it was AWESOME! Amazing what you can think of on the fly! I guess if I spoke Old English myself I would sound like a total dork (completely lacking on the English accent) so if I can do it in writing, I won’t feel so bad! The Medieval Castle with Kimonos and yodeling – if I could pull that off you and I both would be hoarding books! LOL I haven’t read Lord of Light so I’m going to have to pick that up! 🙂