How to Catch a dragon – notes on turning the overdone into something new in writing.

What you like to read, you should write…but there’s one little problem there. What you like to read, has already been written. What you want to put into your stories has probably already been thought of. Witches and dragons already exist in the stories that aspire us to write about these creatures. So how in the world am I supposed to make an old idea new and compelling again?

The answer is right in front of you mon amie! It’s been done before, and here are two examples of it been done before successfully.

  1. Witches/ wizards in J.K Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter’. Going from the old image of a witch as a crackling old hag with a heart of stone, in ‘Harry Potter’ witches go to school together, grow up together and learn how to practice and use magic together as we learn things in school. The separation of them and the co-existence between the magic and the muggle world makes the idea of a witch or wizard seem ordinary and common in both worlds, even if what really separates them from muggles remains hidden.

 

  1. In ‘Eragon’, written by  Christopher Paolini, Saphira is not the wild snarling beast we expect upon discovering a dragon but a loyal and intelligent creature. Her loyalty and empathy for Eragon strengthens the bond between both leading her own protective nature to kick in as she puts herself at risk to save him.

 

 

Well, the answer seems so simple now, it was literally right in front of me the whole time! What bothers me most about writing what you love to read is loving what’s already been done so much that it can hinder your own creativity. Fae warriors that can turn into an animal, S.J Maas the freakin’ queen of YA did that and I couldn’t of even distort the idea of these faes in the limits of my own mind if I tried.  It’s already brilliant and that can be a goddammed curse.

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