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Thursday, 7 January 2016

Get Away From My Fantasy



All in all, I'm still hellbent on getting these novels out.

Not particularly because I want to be a writer - I've never actually had that as my focus. I just need to do SOMETHING with these ideas pouring out of me. They're as compelling as they are out-of-this-world. Perhaps only I will be the person who'll ever like them, but I have to get them out.

In addition, I love reading, and reading books always makes me consider new things, which in turn causes inspiration to burst all around me.

But then I come across those other books. You know. The cringy romances. The YA books that makes you want to die with their stupidity. The books that make me cringe, or the ones that make me furious, or the ones that make me think, with a sigh,  'How did this even get published?' And that deflates my eagerness a little bit. It worries me that my peers could be idiots. It worries me that my fans could be idiots. It also bugs me that idiocy is only a matter of context and that everybody else could be geniuses (geni-i? I've always wondered about that.) and maybe I'm the idiot. Now I just want to sit on the floor, eat ice-cream and complain.

What do I want?

I have hundreds of ideas floating as digital and physical notes. I have dozens of snippets, short stories, novels and fics on my hard drive. I want to turn them into a statement of my values and a critique of the things I see around me that are tragic, or incredible, offensive, or bizarre - but within an acute fantasy context, because so many fantasy novels lack a certain depth that would allow the reader to relate to the characters. It's odd that only a few authors I've come across have truly grasped it, and I can immediately tell the difference when I read. I want to stop feeling irritated at all of the other authors who take fantasy and then misappropriate it, commercialise it or complicate it, because what they do isn't really any of my business and I don't own the fantasy genre any more than the next person.

Basically, I want to contribute to fantasy. I hope I can do the genre justice.



Ashana Lian .
P.S. The watercolour cat above is a two-minute doodle I did with pencils.

What's Next? A site dedicated to my original character Jade Rose! It's not live yet, but it will be up in a few days at http://jaderoseproject.wordpress.com.


16 comments:

  1. Your 2 minute doodle is AMAZING. I am hereby in awe. XD And I totally get what you mean about wanting to contribute to fantasy. I actaully like a lot of what's published, so I don't have that chaffing annoyance (although I do get it from time to time) but zomg, sooooo many ideas. I WANT TO WRITE THEM ALL. And I have such a bad memory that I want to catch all my ideas before I forget them. *nods*

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    1. Thanks! ^.^ I don't have much inspiration when I'm using watercolours. I always end up drawing cats or still life (heh). I know you're my partner in More-Ideas-Than-You-Can-Write crime, Cait! That's pretty much how I feel - I want to catch them.

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  2. I understand what you mean. I get so frustrated when I read a book and have 0 clue how it even got published. I start to think even I could do a better job. I think you can contribute a lot to fantasy, you're writing is amazing.

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    1. It's also painful when I read a book with a great premise, and even though the writing is good, it feels like it's trying too hard (as in, confusing or unnecessary plot points or jokes added in). I'm reading a book like that now and it's getting to be a bit agonising. Thanks Charnell! I really appreciate that.

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  3. I think that, just by having so many ideas about the fantasy genre and what's happening to it as it gets popular, makes you someone who can DEFINITELY do the genre justice! You read tons of fantasy too - if that is anything to go by. ^.^

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    1. I knowwww but sometimes just the fact that the genre is a bit swamped with cross-genre artists and newcomers makes me wonder if I have the authority. I'm going to finish my novel to the best of my ability anyway. Thanks for commenting!

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  4. I love your cat. It is an amazing cat. I am heartily impressed. And though I'm not a hardcore fantasy fan, I can understand both your hesitation to write fantasy while at the same time the desire to participate. But, I think it helps to remember that we all begin our stories as beginners, and it's through editing and hard work that we really make our work shine. :)

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    1. Thanks Heather! I lub my cat too :3 I wanted to try drawing another cat for practice, but the second one usually isn't as good. e_e (This is how I know I can never be a comic boo artist XD (Also drawing the same characters over and over would bore and infuriate me.))

      Good point!

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  5. I feel you! I've only started dabbling on a novel, but the main thought pushing me was that I had these ideas of how I wish some books would go and I want to write the book I wish I could read!

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    1. I couldn't have put it better myself. >.< Thanks for commenting :)

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  6. That is a beautiful doodle. :) And I totally understand what you mean. I've often felt the same way, not just about fantasy, but pretty much every other genre I've enjoyed. Sometimes I'm not sure if it's purely subjective and I just value different things than other people, which doesn't have to be right or wrong, or if I just see what's wrong and others don't. *shrugs* It seems like there are only a handful of writers who seem to get life in the way I get life, and I'm always happy to find them. Those books will always be my favorites, even though I may enjoy other books that don't quite get life in the way I think they should. But I console myself by writing books that I would want to read, so at least other people like me will have something to sink their teeth into.

    Thanks for sharing! And I hope you don't get too discouraged by other people's writing. :)

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    1. Whythankyou c: I think you described it perfectly; not everyone will see life in the same way. It's really satisfying to stumble across the ones who do. I suppose the best thing to do is not get too caught up on the ones who don't! Thanks for commenting, Liz.

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  7. If you want to contribute to fantasy, you should definitely do it. Especially if you have a lot of great ideas running around in your head and you just want other people to be able to read and enjoy them. I am going to be honest - writing isn't easy - but if you are motivated and keen to do it, I know you can write a brilliant novel. I would love to try it! I'm gonna do a little shameless promotion - I co-write at a blog called These Writerly Conundrums - and we have all sorts of writing tips and tricks that we post and so on. Maybe something about novel writing will be there and be useful to you. It's www.thesewriterly.wordpress.com

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    1. The first six years of writing intensely, it was always easy for me. I think there's a lot of reasons for that - I was writing without an aim, I was younger and had less responsibilities, and I was optimistic. To be honest, writing only became difficult after I became depressed for the first time. After that, my writing style changed and became darker. Plus it seemed to be a dozen times harder to properly type what I wanted to say. But I'm going for it anyway! XD

      Thanks so much, Olivia-Savannah. =D I'll check that out. I've got a whole bookmark folder of tips and helpful sites on Google Chrome, but one of the most helpful blogs I've ever come across is CleverGirlHelps - you might find it interesting/inspirational.

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  8. I know the feeling, oh, so well. As a fantasy reader and writer myself, I definitely notice the difference between writers who really seem to get what fantasy is about, and those who miss the mark for me, writing interesting books, bones that don't really connect with me as a read in such a personal way through the characters. I think that is why we must write, even if we don't feel we have the authority to make a difference. Because the way we see the world and write about it is not the way other writers might, and all viewpoints are needed in the genre. So many amazing truths can be told through fantasy, and if you have the ideas to write it, then you should! Everyone has the capacity and right to go out there and add to their genre.

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    1. Interesting perspective, and very true. It takes a lot of energy out of me to write fantasy the way I want to these days, but gonna give it a go anyway. Thanks Imogen!!

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