Today the Dragon Wins

"Today the Dragon Wins" offers information from Fantasy Author and Professional Editor Sandy Lender. You'll also find dragons, wizards, sorcerers, and other fantasy elements necessary for a fabulous story, if you know where to look...

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Sandy Lender is the editor of an international trade publication and the author of the fantasy novels Choices Meant for Gods and Choices Meant for Kings, available from ArcheBooks Publishing, and the series-supporting chapbook, What Choices We Made.

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Friday, February 09, 2007

Anna Nicole Smith, Assisting with Character Development
Is this a Writers Guide topic?

Anna Nicole Smith's passing will be met with the usual sides squaring up to either demonize or victimize her. I'll do neither. Because this is a site dedicated to writing and getting the writing right, let's look instead at how Anna Nicole Smith might influence your characters. I never thought about it until I read the news on Yahoo last night, but there's a little bit of Anna Nicole in one of the goddesses in Choices Meant for Gods. If you listen to the story the lesser goddess Mia tells of Katarina Fair, you'll hear it. (Of course, you have to wait until March when the fantasy novel is released, but it'll be worth the wait!)

But think of what a provocative individual Anne Nicole Smith was. From her days as a model to her intriguing marriage to her sad and tragic loss of her dear son so recently. Now her death leaves an infant daughter motherless. As bizarre as this may sound so soon after a person's death (but let's face it, celebrities are out there where we see them objectified far too easily), how can you place elements of Anna Nicole Smith's life or lifestyle in one of your characters? I guarantee the Anna Nicole treatment will give that character a little sparkle.

"Some days, you just want the dragon to win."

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2 Comments:

Blogger Dorothy said...

Wow, excellent way of comparison, Sandy, you good little promoter you!

1:31 PM  
Blogger Jeni said...

Yep, Good way to parlay one story in with another, Kid!

9:46 AM  

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