Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Better Writing through History

Spent last week in Orlando at the The Swan and Dolphin Resort in Disney World to attend the Romance Writers of America National Conference. It was my first time at such an event and boy was it a doozy. I can't get over how absolutely wonderful it was.  So be prepared to be regaled with a few stories here and there like this one.

Parade of the Paranormal

Shannon Delany, the fabulous author of 13 to Life gave a smashing workshop entitled "Parade of the Paranormal".   As a writer, it's great to listen to the thought processes of another, where do they get their ideas? How do they get them? What process do they follow?

When it comes to creating paranormal stories, we know there are a host of characters and character archtypes and creatures to pull from:

  • Vampires
  • Werewolves
  • Jinn
  • Angels
  • Shapeshifters
  • Immortals
  • Mages
  • Wizards
  • Sorcerers
  • Elves

The list goes on and on and on and on.  But did you realize that darn near every single one of these creatures can be found in the myths and legends somewhere in the world?  From Western Civilization to the Far East to the tribes of South America, Africa and Australia.   When we dig deep into our folklore and our history, we can find new tales, new mysteries and new ways to captivate.  If you ever have a chance to check out Shannon's workshop, I highly encourage it.  I took about 18 pages of notes.

And no, that's not an exaggeration.  I can honestly say that one of my next paranormals will be dedicated to her and her parade of the paranormal.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a great workshop. I missed this one, but I'll be sure to look for it on the conference CD.