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The Original Fantasy: A Naming


At first glance the blog title The Original Fantasy may seem a bit odd, if not a little arrogant. But I chose it for two reasons.

I have been writing fantasy since I was thirteen. It was then I discovered one of my favourite authors, Isobelle Carmody, had started her book, Obernewtyn, at aged fourteen. If she could do it at fourteen then I damn well could at thirteen! My biggest fantasy at the time was that I would get to meet Isobelle in person, that I would be able to talk to her about how inspiring she was, how much I wanted to write like her, and ultimately, that she would be able to view my work and be proud to know she started me on my journey. This was the original fantasy twelve years ago, and one I realised in April 2011 when Isobelle accepted me as a writing mentee for a twelve month mentorship. The manuscript we have been working on for the past ten months, Priori – The Power Within, was none other than that story I started when I was thirteen.

The second reason relates to what Isobelle was most anxious to impart on me during the mentorship. The ability to write a story that said something original, in a genre that had so many clichés and carbon copies. Take the competent and make it unique.

So The Original Fantasy seemed apt as a title.

The mentorship has been everything I hoped for and more, it was an honour to be accepted as a mentee for Isobelle has been known to refuse several other writers in the past based on their samples. Isobelle is the author of over 30 fantasy novels for adults and children. She has such a wealth of knowledge and to have her share that understanding specifically with Priori has been invaluable.

One thing I have learnt over the years is that a lesson never really sticks until you try to explain it to someone else. So that is the purpose of this blog, to make the lesson stick, to pass the knowledge on and to give other budding fantasy writers an idea of the little details that make all the difference between a good story and a great one. It’s not all fantasy based, a lot of advice applies to manuscripts in every genre. Fortunately for you (though possibly reputation damaging for me!) you get to see live examples of all the various oversights I made in my own manuscript and the reason why they need to change.

Thank you to Isobelle for filling my head with lessons and making me always strive for the simple and the true.