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, March 21, 2008

Writers' Guide: Inspiring Question for Good Friday
Or…The Dragon says journal about this one…

We want you to share your answer in the comment field, but feel free to use this thought-provoking question in your journaling or short story exercises today!

Describe your outlook on life or your point of view in meteorological terms (such as windy, partly cloudy, tornadic, etc.).

For a while there, Fantasy Author Sandy Lender's point of view had become cloudy with 100 percent chance of a Cat 5 hurricane—seek shelter. You know…get under the mattress in the bathtub now! Now! Don't wait! The sirens are going off now!

Luckily, I don't like having that kind of outlook (despite the heavy post below with all its negativity—hopefully folks see the sarcasm laced throughout and can laugh at it with me). So! Even though the practical, down-to-earth side of me sees some partly cloudy skies ahead, I see a lot of sunshine, too. (Hey, I live in Florida and I write books for fun. How can I NOT see sunshine ahead?)

Your turn! What's your outlook?
When you sit down to journal with this, think about this question for your main character in your current WIP. It's a great exercise.
Those of you who have read Choices Meant for Gods know that Chariss starts out with a pretty rainy outlook, doesn't she? But there's an arc that character's going through…like a pretty rainbow in the sky… ;)

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