Apr. 7th, 2011

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“Heroes know that things must happen when it is time for them to happen. A quest may not simply be abandoned; unicorns may go unrescued for a long time, but not forever; a happy ending cannot come in the middle of the story.” ~ Peter S. Beagle

I like this quote, probably because it's true for writing fantasy. Not that Amaro and Talon rescue any unicorns (Stop giving me puppy eyes Talon), but because it's not possible for events in the story to go completely unreasolved. Amaro can't go the entire novel without telling Talon the truth about his past, for example, or without eventually facing that past and dealing with it.

It's also true for me as a writer. Storm's Honour, Water's Fate and Thief's Choice are my quests. I can't simply abandon them when they get hard to complete. Perhaps it's because, like Amaro, I've got too much at stake to simply walk away from them. Or perhaps it's because my unicorns, the characters in my novel, need to be rescued from the situations they're in, and that can only happen when the stories are finished. They want the 'happy' ending owed to them and they won't let me abandon them mid quest.

And just like a quest, thinking like this is easier when it's been a good writing day, when the roads before me are flat and easy to travel. The challenge is keeping this in mind when the road turns into a mountain. But I try.

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Ann Rosa Starr

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