Drawing Inspiration from Myth and Legend: Guest Post by Monica Corwin

King Takes Queen by Monica Corwin

King Takes Queen by Monica Corwin

As a writer sometimes finding inspiration is difficult. Whether it is because you got a little too much of the mundane during the day (“Mommy I dropped my tablet and broke it for the second time.”) or because you are just too tired to turn turn your brain on. I’ve found reading/researching myths and legends from various cultures to be a jump start when I write.

This may be more true for the resident paranormal, supernatural, or most fiction (sorry non-fictioners) writers out there. As humans we like to explain things. Myths and legends, fairy tales, and creation stories –they are all ways that we came up with in order to explain how stuff works, for example: Zeus’s lighting bolts, the sun setting and rising with Apollo’s chariot. Variations in these stories also offer further reading, for example: thunder and eclipses.

Even if a story is less than supernatural simply the drama of some tales can help lead to that familiar jolt of an idea. Above all stories are about people. We create people on the page and, poke them with stick, and politely ask them to dance (okay sometimes not so politely). These situations are often rife with drama and interesting relationships.

Life and death are two topics that have fascinated humans since the beginning and that fragility we all share is a contributing factor. The gods and goddesses of the underworlds, the afterlife, etc are all excellent topics for inspiration because we are naturally curious about such things. And when we begin reading them that part of our brain that say “hmm interesting…” comes to life affording that opportunity for the Muse to strike.

The Wild Hunt...an inspiration for my new book

The Wild Hunt…an inspiration for my new book

So the next time you find yourself lacking inspiration to weave a tale take a look at Wikipedia or Google and just allow yourself to tumble down the rabbit hole. Even researching urban legends and folk tales centered around your ethnicity or region can offer new pieces of inspiration. You might be surprised where you end up.

You can see this practice in action in my novels. On a Red Horse, King Takes Queen, and Heart and Souls are three paranormal romance novels inspired by that little spark of the macabre at the center of every myth and tall tale.



Find out more about Monica Corwin!


FB: http://on.fb.me/1cXqSLd
Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Bj1xXM
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1JJgJOa
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1JJgUJB
Website: www.monicacorwinauthor.net

About Sheila Clover English

International speaker, business woman, author, mother, wife and owner of seven dogs. I love people, am an advocate for animals and stay up too late at night reading books.
This entry was posted in Guest Posts, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Drawing Inspiration from Myth and Legend: Guest Post by Monica Corwin

  1. For me it’s music. Sometimes I’ll just go for a drive, listening to music.
    Sheila Clover English`s last blog was …Type-Cast Blogging About My West Virginia Experience and Typewriters!

  2. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi, Sheila and Monica,

    Welcome, Monica! I love research as a way to refresh the batteries. Finding the macabre spark in myth sounds like the path to some awesome stories! I’ll be sure to check out your PNR novels 🙂

  3. Edie Ramer says:

    Monica, I LOVE the picture that inspired your book. I have a pooka in my latest book, though that came to me when I was in bed, ready to sleep. I had to jump out of bed and run to my office to scribble it down. I thought what the hell am I doing? I’m writing an RS, with the emphasis on romance. How is a pooka going to fit in? But in the end, it worked out really well.

    I love all three of your titles, and I’m going to check them out!

    • Monica says:

      Aw thanks! 🙂 Yes that pic is going into the book I’m currently working on. It just sort of smacked me in the face until I agreed.

Comments are closed.