FAIRYTALES WITH BITE
It is frighteningly easy for a character in a fantasy story to wish their life away – just go and upset some more magically powerful than they are will do the trick nicely! (And there are so many magically powerful beings to choose from too). In Wishing Your Life Away I look at a few other ways a character could end up having a very bad day indeed. (It ends up being their last!).
THIS WORLD AND OTHERS
How Your Characters Treat Each Other explores well exactly that! I also look, from history, at Margaret Beaufort’s (Henry VII’s mother) renowned piety – this in an era when almost everyone believed is very telling. But something like that makes me suspicious. What are you being so devout for? Is that devotion being used to cover up something less pleasant? (My experience is those who are genuine in their Christian faith don’t want to be seen to “show off”, it doesn’t honour Jesus.). Conspicious displays of anything do make me query the motivation of those doing it. Do you find the same? And I ask what is the main motivation behind your characters’ behaviour(s). Know the character, know the story!
Tonight I give a round up of what I’ve been up writing wise in the last 24 hours or so. I always like to have plenty to do – whether it is editing, writing new stories or blogs or what have you. Good for the old brain if nothing else!