Monday, April 22, 2013

S Is For Simplicity...

So we're nearing the end of the A to Z Challenge for April and the end of my fantasy world building from A to Z as well.

I'm sure some of the posts you have read, you've looked at them and just went, "Huh?"

Trust me, I did the same thing when I first embarked on this road of fantasy writing. I can't begin to tell you how many times I deleted something, spent days thinking about the logistics and believability of quite a few things. I stressed over whether or not it was "fantastical enough", good enough. Or just down right laughable.

Would people believe me if I told them about Blood Guards, protectors of the goddess of the underworld who drain the essences of people, devour their souls and drink their blood? A more intense version of vampires, I suppose.

You know what people do believe? The simplest of things.

Even while you are stretching your imagination to the farthest reaches of its limit, don't forget the simple things. Don't forget the small stuff, but certainly don't sweat it, either. Because while you are drawing the reader into your world, you still want to make them feel like it's home. So give them simplicity in your writing and that will be just as big a hit as the intricate details.

5 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I always keep it simple!

Jai said...

Simple is good.

Janeal Falor said...

It is amazing what simplicity can do. The message is carries can be far more impactful that a complex one.

Mel Chesley said...

I have to remind myself to keep it simple sometimes.

Jamie Gibbs said...

Blood Guards sound like Shezmu, the Egyptian butcher god who would slaughter the enemies of the Pharaoh and allow him to drink their blood. Fascinating stuff :)

Jamie @ Mithril Wisdom