Friday, May 13, 2022

Storyteller's Journey

Friday the 13th!

If you're a writer of fantasy for children, myths, legends, and superstitions are critical elements in the drafting of your magical storyline. Long-held superstitious beliefs are important.

They can offer the writer a premise from which to launch her plot. Whether it's werewolves and a full moon, vampires' aversion for sunlight, or the proverbial black cat and our fear to cross its path!

For me, the myth (or is it?) that one can time-travel through the portal at Stonehenge (near Salisbury, England), prompted me to spend the last decade working on a middle grade novel in which my female protagonist unexpectedly travels through time while visiting the famous Standing Stones. My husband, Michael, and I were lucky enough to visit the World Heritage Site in 2014, on our three-week trip to Europe.

Michael, me, and a shapeshifting bird?
So, if you're a writer of magical stories for children, it behooves you to utilize strange and superstitious beliefs to your advantage. 

Whether you're superstitious, or not!