Fantasy Friday – Funny and Weird Creatures

Fantasy Friday

Every now and again, our fantasy worlds come up with a creature that is a little odd. They not only give our creation a little flavor but it gets our reader’s attention. Here a just a few examples of weird creatures in mythology and literature.

The Baku

A creature originating in Chinese folklore, is said to be the devour-er of dreams and nightmares and is like a Chimera in the way it is an amalgamation of different animals. In the lore of Japan, you can summon the Baku to devour the nightmares you have when you sleep but if he is not satisfied with that he will also devour you hopes and dreams leaving you empty and hollow to live out your life.

Marsh-Wiggles

Inhabitants of Northern Narnia, the Marsh-Wiggles are kind of pessimistic creatures. They have webbed feet and are rarely seen outside their marshes. The reason they are weird mainly for their appearance alone of having greenish skin, gray straw-like hair, and seem to be always covered in mud and dirt.

Peryton

This creature comes from the Book of Imaginary Beings, and is another creature that is in appearance an amalgamation of other creatures. It’s head and front of the body are that of a stag and it’s hind quarters and wings are that of a very large bird. What makes it strange and probably terrifying is that it will only cast it’s shadow in the shape of a man until kills one itself. You would never see it coming.

Monopod

This creature is humanoid in form, but stands with one leg and a giant foot, and that’s about all that is described of them. I am pretty sure that because of how the lower half of their body is set up they may be able to jump higher than the average human.

The Creatures of Wonderland

If you’ve read the stories of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, you know what I’m talking about.

Have you come across any weird creatures in your reading and writing? Let me know about the weirdest creature you’ve come across in the comments below!

Acting Out Your Scenes

Sometimes when you are writing, the actions in the scene don’t sound right. Or an argument doesn’t sound natural. What do you do to check it?

A fun trick to try is acting out your scenes. Grab a friend and talk about the scene. If you want you can write it out like a script, and act out the scene like a play. Use props if you need. Get a feel for the scene as you are acting it out. If you really want to see it in action, video record it and play it back later.

Writing Quotes to Keep You Going

There are times when it seems like you can’t write. It’s just not in you today. Sometimes it’s just enough to look up at your Inspiration Board and feel like you are capable of any writing feat.  So here are 10 writing quotes to add to your inspiration board to give you that bit of encouragement.

If I waited ’til I felt like writing, I’d never write at all. – Anne Tyler

 

Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross our the wrong words. – Mark Twain

 

If a story is in you, it has to come out. – William Faulkner

 

Writing is the painting of the voice. – Voltaire

 

I’ve lost track of the number of people who want to be writers but never actually write anything. Talking about writing, dreaming about writing, can be very fun, but it wont get a book written. You’ve got to write. – Laurell K. Hamilton

 

I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of. – Joss Whedon

 

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. – Maya Angelou

 

When asked: How do you write? I invariably answer, one word at a time. – Stephen King

 

You fail only if you stop writing. – Ray Bradbury

 

Write what should not be forgotten. – Isabel Allendale

What’s your favorite writing related quote? Let me know in the comments below!

What Are You Reading? – April 2016

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Welcome back to the What Are You Reading? Series! If you have no idea what’s going on feel free to take a look at the introductory post. If you just want to catch up, here is last month’s post! Don’t forget at the end of the post to let me know your own thoughts and interpretations of the book. [Please note that if you haven’t commented before I recommend reading the Commenting Guidelines.] 

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And today’s book is……. *Drum roll* Continue reading

The Acts of Your Story

When you hear the word acts when talking about a story, often a play comes to mind, but the same concept can be applied to both fiction and non-fiction. The only thing is, when we are taught the “plot structure” in school, it’s very different.

The Basic Plot Structure

Aww. Look at the little cute mountain!

To me this plot structure made no sense, mainly because I found it very limiting. Especially since some stories have multiple “climaxes” with only “rising actions” between them, and it also doesn’t address the idea of subplots in any form. The act structure is much more flexible for how your story actually works.

Here is a breakdown of the act structure that I use when I’m working on a story:

Act One: The Set Up

Much like the beginning of the Basic Plot Structure, this is the act of your story where you introducing the world of your story to the reader. The setting, your main character, all that good stuff. This is also where you hook your reader in and show them that reading your story is worth their while. When you are outlining it’s okay to write down what gets introduced here, but think about how to introduce it as well.

 Act Two: The Trigger

While in the first act you create a hook to pull your readers in, this act is meant to keep them going. In this act, the inciting event of your plot occurs. The main character is sent on their quest and possibly your antagonist is introduced. From here you are also building the world more and are also adding suspense slowly.

Act Three: The Build Up

Suspense is key in this act! Important clues are to be found and your main character is getting much closer to what they are going to be fighting against. Here you can also introduce minions of the antagonist. You can also use this time to introduce a subplot if you want to.

Act Four: The Climax/Reveal

This is an act that can occur multiple times during your story. Here it can be either a battle or a reveal, but it has to be important and create a big impact. Main plot will take precedence here over the subplot and must either lurch forward or make your reader stop for a moment to take it in.

Act Five: The Hunt

Once the problem of the plot, or the antagonist themselves, is revealed the hunt begins for the solution/magical item/ritual to go after them. The pieces are starting to come together as the main character goes on their journey.

Act Six: The Boss Battle

Here the antagonist has become solid to the main character and the final confrontation begins. All of the suspense building has come to a point and a real outward conflict occurs. This can be verbal, physical, or even magical depending on the type of story you are going for.

Act Seven:Tie Up Loose Ends

The conflict is resolved and the plot is beginning to slow down. All of the final pieces are coming into place. The characters are getting a chance to breathe and start seeing how much they’ve changed over the course of the story. If you have any subplots to conclude now is the time to do it.

Act Eight: Go Home

The change has been fully realized and life has gone back to normal. The reader also gets their closure and are supposed to feel satisfied with the ending, unless you are writing a series then it’s okay to leave them hanging until the next book.