It’s part of every fairytale that ever existed—and not just a part, but the defining factor. The Perilous Realm is the place where all the adventures happen. Without it, there would be no story. No journey. If it weren’t for the Perilous Realm, there would be no need for a hero.
Perilous Realms fascinate us, and we are inspired by the heroes who journey through them. A hobbit who makes the trek to Mordor; a girl who steps through a wardrobe. We long for a taste of that adventure and we dream of a chance to be that hero. In fact, we spend so much time dreaming that most of us forget that the Perilous Realm isn’t just a story.
We all grew up with fairytales. Stories such as Cinderella, Peter Pan, and Alice in Wonderland can probably be found scattered throughout your childhood, and for good reason. There’s just something fantastic about them.
Children everywhere are fascinated by fairytales. They have always had a high value placed on them in society. Albert Einstein said that if you want your kids to be intelligent, read them fairytales. There’s something about these stories that makes them very special. Something that many adults no longer recognize.
Hey, everyone! Today I have a good friend of mine, Braden, joining me again for another guest post. He has some great insights to share with us about putting ourselves into our characters—and how it will make them better. I hope you’ll enjoy it, and make sure to hop over and check out his blog afterwards!
Basing your main characters off of yourself is generally considered a bad idea.
I did this with my first novel, Nephilim Rising, when I was sixteen years old. My main character was basically me. He had my goofy laugh. He had my vocabulary. He experienced emotions in the same way I did.
Dear Introverted Writer,
Making friends is not easy. It’s awkward. If you’re anything like me, making friends can be intimidating. You overthink first impressions and you don’t know what to say. What if you say something stupid? What if you say something witty, but they didn’t hear you and now it’s awkward because you’re repeating yourself? What if they think that’s stupid? What if they just plain don’t like you?
Making friends is messy, but guess what? It’s important. A lot of writers are introverted, just like you. They keep to themselves, because the solitary life isn’t really that bad. It gives you more time to think, which is something us introverts do a lot of. But as a fellow introvert and writer, I’ve got to be honest with you: you need friends.
Have you ever wondered what your job is as an artist? Why do you create the things you do? Is it really even a job—or is this just for fun?
I’ve been asking myself these questions for a long, long time. Sometimes I wondered if what I did even mattered. I’ve always loved to write, but what if nobody cared to read my work? And honestly, there were times when I really wasn’t sure why I kept going.
We all like the idea of living “the good life”. Love, money, success; the whole shebang. It sounds, well, good, right? It’s even better when everything we need (or want) is right in front of us: our own talents, skills, and ideas. Everything looks like it’s lining up to be perfect.
Perfect. Yes, that’s become the definition of “the good life”. Having everything you ever wanted—snap—just like that. Somehow the idea is that when you no longer have to work for anything, you’ve reached “the good life”.
I believe creativity is something innate in all of us, but sometimes it still feels hard to come by. Sometimes the juices aren’t flowing the way they should be. We all have days when we’d rather sleep than work, right?
There are all kinds of things out there that can end up killing our creativity. Things like busyness, distractions, excuses, procrastination, and exhaustion. But it’s been my experience that one thing can kill your creativity faster and more brutally than any of the above. That thing is comparison.