Writing Dark Fantasy: Art as Inspiration

There are many ways that writers are inspired to write, spanning the gamut of available entertainment modalities, occurrences in daily life and well just about everything in between. And writers are typically inspired by a variety of things all of which can change over time. However, for me, the single most impactful form of inspiration for my writing has come from art. That is, imagery mostly in the form of fantasy and science fiction paintings or illustrations. It is my desire to share some of those images with you along with the way that they affected me as a writer.

Writing Forlorn Characters in Dark Fantasy

The word forlorn is awesome. It is just one of those words that conveys such a deep furrow of mood texture but within a very specific field of context. And if there were ever a genre of fiction that could lay claim to the word as its own, I would submit that dark fantasy deserves the honor. I am not so much talking about using the actual word in a description of a character, although that might be impactful, but to actually create a character that embodies the the essence of the word.

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