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Use of mythology when creating... posted 03 Dec 2004, 22:12 by Morgoth Bauglir, Candidate

Just a word of advice for those fantasy writers with a bad case of creativity-block; take a look at ancient mythology. Usually something can be created (a character or a name) that is based on a mythological name or creature- the research will give you some good ideas, and you can't plagerize cultural identity! Also, try looking at medieval history, packed with factions and titles for a good story. view post


posted 16 Feb 2005, 14:02 by Echoex, Auditor

Absolutely. History -- in general -- is an excellent resource for inspiration. Bakker's works are proof of this. Would The Shriah have declared a holy war to reclaim Shimeh if the Muslims weren't in a Jihad to reclaim Jerusalem? Maybe, but not likely. Consider uber-god Tolkien and his comparison to religious figures. Jesus enters the desert where he battles with is own demons, eventually emerging as a cleaner, more divine son of God. Gandalf plummets into the pit of the Balrog in a battle against this more personified demon, eventually emerging as Gandalf the White. view post


Re: Use of mythology when creating... posted 19 Aug 2008, 14:08 by CnaiĆ¼r, Peralogue

I echo this writing tip. Almost all my inspiration stems from mythologies. The Greek stories alone are worthy of pumping out thousands of novels. :mrgreen: view post


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