Writing Fantasy: 3 Ways to Brainstorm Folklore

now playing on my laptop: Ambient Mixer Studying at Hogwarts 😉

Do you write or read fantasy? Want to check out three brainstorming ideas?

Here are some go-tos:

  1. Pinterest. I looooove making boards for each of my books. If you use it, it can help you settle on a character’s appearance and set the mood for atmosphere. Pictures of eerie forests from specific places where the folklore sparks your interest or handsome elves crafted by artists from around the globe can up your writing to a new level. For instance, if you search “dark polish folklore” in order to be inspired by that country’s lovely legends, you’ll see this. Screen Shot 2019-08-09 at 11.46.44 AM.pngJust that old woman scratching symbols into the dirt brings about ninety stories into your head, doesn’t it? And that woman clutching the totem/carved image? A+ stuff right there. You can also search terms like “folk magic” and see what the world thinks about those words visually. That sort of search always spawns ideas. Here is a peek at my board for The Matchweaver’s Loom (will be in the Once Upon An Enchanted Forest anthology in September and will kick off a new series for 2020).Screen Shot 2019-08-07 at 10.04.27 AM
  2.  Music. Listening to sounds that evoke strong emotion will help you write and improve your reading experience too. Don’t laugh, but I listened to Enya the first time I read Tolkien and it was one of the best reads EVERRRRRR. If you write, try having a playlist of really sad, super exciting, or especially moving music going while you plot or draft. (you might need quiet for editing/revising–I always do) Here is one of my playlists. Soundtracks are a go to for a lot of writers. Screen Shot 2019-08-09 at 11.40.21 AM
  3. Podcasts. When you listen to podcasts like Hidden Brain, Lore, or 99% Invisible, story ideas just flow right into that head of yours. I can’t count how many plot points and worldbuilding details in my books have come from podcasts! npr_hiddenbrain_podcasttile
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