A big part of what makes me me is teh fact that I raise certain questions. Legends of Lorata is not just a play at fantasy, fun with elves and dragons. There are themes and questions in it that I included as a means to evoke deep thoughts.
For example, what does it really mean to be evil? Is it the deity that you choose to worship, or your actions? Can love be real without truth? Can someone who is considere evil still be capable of love? Where do you draw the lines?
Is murder acceptable if it helps the greater population? And as Vulcan as that sounds, I don’t just question whether the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. It’s a big deal in book three, because at the same time you are being asked, “is this person evil for what he did, or did he do good by removing the cause of great sufefring?” The thing is, there is a lot of grey area in life, and too many people look at things in black and white. Nothing is that simple, and I really want people to think about things like that.
Even though this is a fantasy world, and it’s great to take that step out of the mundane world, I definitely think it’s possible to consider some of these topics at teh same time. If that’s not something that certain readers get fom the reading, so be it, maybe that isn’t where everyone is in life, but I think that a lot of people will look at what Z’Lé did,Loracaz’s fate, and what Zarrek later goes on to do, and find themselves thinking deeply. It’s pretty interesting that there are no humans in my world, yet some of my themes are very human. Perhaps we have more in common than what makes us different?
Every story has already been told. Once you’ve read Anna Karenina, Bleak House, The Sound and the Fury, To Kill a Mockingbird, and A Wrinkle in Time, you understand that there is really no reason to ever write another novel. Except that each writer brings to the table, if she will let herself, something that no one else in the history of time has ever had.
What makes you you?
This quote from bestselling author Anna Quindlen came to mind as I pondered this week’s Writing 201 workshop on finding your angle. In this workshop, we ask participants to consider how best to tell their stories and approach their posts. The most memorable writers put their own spins on a topic, using their experiences to shape their stories.
In a way, this lesson on finding your story angle reminds me of a post in our Daily…
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