Do you every have wild dreams of unusual beings and creatures frolicking on peculiar lands? Or do you sometimes daydream of being in a place far from the norm, where characters you can interact with are unlike any ever seen before? Are you hoping one day you can fall into a rabbit hole into your own Wonderland or go on an adventure like a very introverted Hobbit? If you have ideas like these roaming around that head of yours, then CTU has the writing challenge for you.
The newest anthology collection, Poetic Shadows: Ink and the Sword, is quite a unique one. This collection calls on the adventurous writer; one who loves to indulge in fantasy and fiction. If you are not sure if this is even your style of writing, but would like to take a stab at it, here are a few tips to get you inspired:
Setting – Create an extraordinary setting. Think of lands like Avatar, Star Wars or a forest kingdom from a Disney tale. Visualize the flora and fauna that leaves one in awe. Will the sky be purple? Will the sand be green? Is your fantasy land high in the sky, or below the depths of a sea? Open your mind to the possibilities of a fictional scene.
Characters – What beings would we encounter if we found life on another planet? Perhaps on an alternate earth, unicorns, ogres and fairies live in perfect harmony with no humans in existence. Create a new species or a new breed of animal. Give dragons a makeover. Make monsters the good guys. You hold the personalities of all the living beings you create in the palm of your hands.
Rewrite History – Take a very significant event in history and rewrite it with a fictional twist. Make heroes the villain and vice versa. What if we were still ruled under kings and queens? What if witches and wizards controlled our fate? What would life be like if giants and trolls were authority figures in today’s time? Create your own alternate fantasy timeline.
Internal Wars – They say our dreams are a reflection of the events and conflicts in our lives. Write down those peculiar dreams as soon as you remember them, and create a fictional tale. If your dreams reflect an internal war, be the hero and give yourself some magical powers to overcome them. Or tell the story from the point-of-view of someone else coming to your rescue. Use real life situations and blend them with a mystical world.
Be Different – Stay away from the typical Hollywood storyline. You don’t always have to have the happily ever after ending or have the knight rescue the damsel in distress. Show a story from the villain’s side and get the audience to sympathize with their conflicts. Create a scene one would normally not classify as beautiful, but show it pleasing through the eyes of another. Explore different perspectives.
Enter CTU’s latest anthology contest here.
Written by: Donna J. Sanders
Donna is a freelance writer and blogger in West Palm Beach, FL. She is the author of Ataraxia, Cardboard Signs, and Devour Me.
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