I’m fascinated by the big TA-DAAA moment. A glimpse of what comes after. The sun rises, people gather, rebuilding awaits. I often linger there. It cannot be all rainbows and ribbons – a battle is won though struggles continue to exist. Neither is life entirely morose – alongside grief and uneasy alliances there are moments of joy.
I take pleasure in the classic journey story; ending in epic battle. Though my curiosity leans towards what follows. This is how my fantasy series came to be. A desire for a story where the battle is fought early on, so the series can explore what happens next. Character development takes place around community and restoration. This fascinates me because what follows is more relevant outside the walls of fiction, where society is undergoing deep change. Over several years, an outline I wrote in 15 minutes explores the following:
- When does the world recover?
- Where do the people move to?
- What are the signs of growth?
- How are all things changed?
To each answer, I ask… why? And that is one of the best parts of writing. Because not only can you create characters and events, in the fantasy genre you can create worlds. Then offer them up as a mirror, as we consider the potential within our own future.