Fantasy Writers, Stretch Your Imagination

The beautiful thing about fantasy wiring is nothing is impossible. I said something along those lines in Fantasy Worlds and Modern Technology. But, old habits die hard.

In my current work-in-progress, one of my characters wields a scythe. Before researching, I imagined it looked like this:

Nothing wrong with that. Right? I thought so until I did a Google image search for "Anime Scythes."

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Then I'm like, why am I limiting myself to the first design? It's the same with a sword. Why does it have to look like this:

Why not this:

The way my characters create and use their weapons makes the alternatives totally doable. For them, the weapon it not simply a way to cut down their enemies, it's a tool to channel their power through.

Similarly, when I first designed the landscape, I relied on plants I'd seen but why can't I go full on Avatar and create a completely new species of plants.

When it comes to writing fantasy, question everything. Why does the sky have to blue, the grass green? What if everything in your world grew from the sky down instead of the ground up? It is called fantasy for a reason ;) Have fun with it.
"A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral." (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)


  1. Sometimes it takes a fellow writer to point out what should be obvious to us all. Thank you for this post! Love it!

  2. Very cool. Thanks for explaining how you do this (create weapons, that is), Auden.

  3. Interesting post! It really helps to use our imagination better.

  4. I collect fancy blade replicas that look more like the second sword. I won't spend money on a weapon unless it looks absolutely bad-ass. :)

  5. I'm also giving you the Inspiring Blogger Award at my blog.

  6. That second blade looks fearsome to say the least!


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