Recently, I attended a writers workshop where we talked about resonance within the genre that you write.
“Learn the language so you don’t sound like a fraud.”
Because fantasy is bone deep with me, I am going to dwell there in my writing for a while. I feel very comfortable within its realm. That is another reason why I love going to fantasy conferences and such. They are my people. I could chat about otherworldly things, forever.
I think back to everything I loved pre-junior high. Something happens to us in jr. high, where our tastes no longer become our own. We become jaded and want to impress others.
Below are some of my favorite things as a child and how I have incorporated them into my writing. These have become a part of my history and makeup. They are woven into my veins just as memory and DNA make who I am. As an adult, my tastes still run along what I couldn’t get enough of as a child.
When it comes to writing and reading, I love fantasy and magical realism.
My first two books that became published, were women’s contemporary fiction. I had written other books previous, but they will never see the light of day, unless I do major overhauls. Contemporary fiction means it could happen in real life. My books were stories that I needed to get out at the time. I will do more like them eventually, but the next 6 books in my queue all have fantasy elements and are geared toward young adult readers.
FAVORITE THINGS AS A CHILD THAT RESONATE WITH ME TODAY:
– Labyrinth. Oh David Bowie, the Goblin King! My first crush, swoon. Honestly, this was one of the most influential of my entire childhood. This was the first time I was introduced to the seduction and the sympathy to the dark side. Ah, and then he would sing and I would just melt. I would watch the entire show just for this song. “As the World falls down.”
– Legend. The conversation below was life changing to me. “The dreams of youth are the regrets of maturity. Through dreams I influence mankind.” I think this whole movie had amazing conversations, especially at the end when they defeat the darkness. “What is light without dark? What are you, without me? I am a part of you all. We are brothers, eternal.”
– Princess Bride. “As you wish.” Need I say more.
– Anything with a horse… when turned into a unicorn, even better.
– The Dark Crystal and The NeverEnding Story. Loved them and was truly frightened of the nothing! “What is the nothing?” “It’s the emptiness that’s left… the despair. People who have no hope are easy to control. And whoever has the control, has the power.”
– The Last Unicorn. This was my favorite animation of all time… ever. Yes, it’s creepy and weird and fueled many nightmares. But I loved it back then. Here’s a funny article I found about the movie.
– Robinhood. This animated disney trumped all the princess movies for me.
– The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit. We would watch all of the animated films from the ’70’s over and over and over.
I really wanted the Orcs to break into this song in Peter Jackson’s rendition. 🙂
– The Secret of Nimh
– Thunder Cats
– Bridge to Terabithia. – First book that made me cry. I realized books have a magical power and influence on our emotions.
– The Hobbit. My love of the LOTR books came later in high school. Although, I was very familiar with the story because of all animated films.
– The Witches.
– Where the sidewalk ends.
– The Highwayman. This narrative poem is without question, the number one reason why I fell in love with words. Back in the day, I had it memorized, much in the same way Anne did in Anne of Green Gables.
“The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees, The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas, The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor, And the highwayman came riding…
… He rose upright in the stirrups. He scarce could reach her hand, But she loosened her hair in the casement. His face burnt like a brand, As the black cascade of perfume came tumbling over his breast; And he kissed its waves in the moonlight, (O, sweet black waves in the moonlight!) Then he tugged at his rein in the moonlight, and galloped away to the west.” The Highwayman – Alfred Noyes
– Twelve Dancing Princesses.
– Red Riding Hood.
– Brothers action figures.
– I loved everything Pre-Rapheilite and of course fantasy art.
I just started a Pinterest board of things that influenced me as a child that now resonate into my writing.
What genre do you write in and what are some of the details that resonate with you?