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Other than my love of supernatural stories, I’ve also always had a proclivity towards epic fantasy adventures (think The Princess Bride and Legend). I always wished that I had the type of imagination it takes to create such an adventure, but my stories were always grounded in reality. The idea of creating nonexistent cities and creatures was a foreign concept to me; anything I couldn’t fact check and verify was beyond my comprehension.
Recently, I was watching The Three Musketeers and I was visually intrigued; the costumes alone were worth the watch. The movie got me to thinking, I can’t recall ever seeing or reading an epic fantasy story where a female was anything more than the love interest of the hero or the double crossing vixen that tries to take him down. In an age where women are proving on a daily basis that they can do anything a man can do, why aren’t there more female leads in fantasy stories. And just like that, words started forming in my mind, my hands began to type and a story slowly started to fill my screen. For the first time ever, I was truly writing by the seat of my pants. My main character was named in the first few sentences, a minor character introduced in the beginning of the second paragraph and a city was erected just a few paragraphs later.
I haven’t fully worked out the story or even truly met my characters yet, but I’m excited by the prospect of creating something that I used to think was beyond my capabilities. Equally exciting, is the prospect of offering my daughter and other young women a heroine they can call their own. Why can’t a princess slay a dragon or rescue her prince from peril? Why must the damsel always be the one in distress?
With NaNoWriMo just around the corner, this would be the perfect time to flesh out an outline, or at the very least, the character sketches so that I know who I am writing about and what they wish to accomplish. Unfortunately, with the way my schedule is at work recently, I had no intention of joining NaNo this year. If I get enough background work done to feel like I can make some real progress on this story during NaNo, then I might have to change my mind and join after all. Oh what a grand adventure that will be.