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, May 16, 2008

Sources of Inspiration
Or...The Dragon wants to know what inspires you

I filled out an online form at Nothing Binding so I could market my fantasy novel Choices Meant for Gods in yet one more place. When Choices Meant for Kings is released later this summer (or fall), I'll add it to the list there. In the process of filling out their questionnaire, I ran into the question: What inspires you? They wanted a complete answer.

Oh my.

I'm inspired by everything. As regular visitors to Today the Dragon Wins may know, I edited the first three chapters of Choices Meant for Gods and began writing like mad on the next few while sitting in a mechanic's shop one afternoon waiting SEVERAL HOURS for the workers to change and balance the tires on my oh-so-sensible Saturn sedan. (I still have that car, by the way. 173,000+ miles and still ticking.) Now, tell me, what could be inspiring in a Goodyear lobby?

My response to the inspiration question included everything from literature references such as Bronte and Beowulf to ocean references such as darling Kibby the dolphin at the Dolphin Research Center. I included mentions of '80s music and movies with sad endings. Truly, just about anything that crosses my path can inspire a bit of dialogue or a new scene, even though I need to put it in a fantasy world and morph it for another realm. As Terry Brooks alludes to in his book Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons From a Writing Life, you've got to be careful around us writers. We steal your moments and turn them into fiction without you ever noticing it...because you inspire us.

So tell me what inspires you. I've listed a couple of my "inspirational catalysts" here. Whether you're a writer, a painter, a sculptor, a teacher making lesson plans, a preacher coming up with sermons once (or twice) a week, a mom planning day activities for kids, an architect designing a new building, or whatever, what sparks creativity in you? Share with us in the comment field and let others be inspired, too.

And thank you for being part of the creative process.
(If you're an author or a writer with an unfinished work, you can join Nothing Binding by clicking here. If you'd like to read the first three chapters of CMFG for free, visit my publisher's site here.)
"Some days, I just want the dragon to win."
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