WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A FANTASY WRITER HAS A POV ABOUT HISTORY?

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Have you ever wondered how moments in   history are related, and connected to one another? I have too. Even though I am a fiction writer I love history because knowing history allows me like all writers to create worlds beyond our imaginations.  My journey as a fantasy   writer has also led me to question things like where did the creation of dragons come from within fantasy and sci-fi fiction if it didn’t really exist at some point in time?  Being a writer, you can clearly see the answers to those type of questions because of research.  When doing a simple search in your search engine on dragons a writer will find that the creation of dragons   originated from many different cultures from around the world.  From China with their snake-like creature with four legs dragons to the Mesoamerican with their legend of the feathered-serpent.    Each of those two cultures described them both as snake like.   Another question from this arises for the writer.  Like how did these cultures get the same idea of a dragon and what they should be or look like?  

 I am one of those that have strong beliefs that most of our history, our true   history has been readily forgotten and that they are all connected to one another like the pages and scenes of a book. And I along   with others have many questions that I want answers to. And so, I will explore questions and answers and try to find the connections behind the most famous moments in history except it will be the forgotten history that no one   dares to talk about.  I will delve and research explicitly everything and anything   about the forgotten history of our world and planet.

There are many podcasts that talk about and discuss the histories of our world and planet as well.   But I will be talking about history as a whole from a different point of view, the point of view and opinions of history from a fantasy fiction writer   on this blog along with my novel series.

 My goal essentially will be to connect each point of history with each other and see how they relate to one another ultimately putting together history like a puzzle or mystery to be solved.   

To give you an idea of the topics I will be exploring and some of my favorite topics I will be starting the first few podcast episodes with exploring the forgotten   History of Russia and slowly up to the end of war world 1 seg waying and making pit stops here and there over to American history and the gilded age.

Come along with me as I Explore and delve into the forgotten history of our world. 

So, if you are interested in history and the forgotten parts of our past Follow, share this blog post so you can interact, keep updated and help inform others about future podcast episodes of Forgotten History podcast.

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The DTBH PODCAST SERIES:  FORGOTTEN HISTORY will be

 exclusively FREE only on DISCOVERINGTHEBLUEHOUR.COM/forgottenhistory/

I will be posting podcast episode earlier Sometimes and snippets if you would like to listen and see those episodes   they’ll be on the website.

 Leave your comments and suggestions for future podcast.  I would love to hear from you. Let’s start a dialogue about our forgotten history.

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(NEW)What Does it Mean to Really Write What You Know?

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Have you ever heard that saying write what you know? Well of course you have. Every person that has ever thought or dreamed about becoming a writer has heard it once or twice. A teacher or professor has said this phrase as you turned in your paper. Write what you know. But that lingering question is stuck in your mind. The one that asks, how do you write what you know if it has never been taught or experienced?

The one problem that I always had with this phrase: write what you know, was that I never really got a crash course on how to do it or where to start. It is as though if you want to be a writer, the writer is automatically supposed to know how to do it.

I always asked myself these questions in my mind what do I know about that is worthy enough of telling a story? What have I experienced? But then I tell myself, well, I am trying to write fiction not a non-fictional   account of something that I did or experienced. Not an autobiography.

Wouldn’t the phrase write what you know just completely fall on death ears then if that was the case. Yup   it would. Most defiantly.

 For example, I write in the fantasy genre. Stories about werewolves and all the things that go bump in the night. But do I know anything about what a werewolf really is? Have I seen a werewolf in real life? Heck no. But I wish I did. Because that would be so cool. No. It really would, and   wouldn’t it be some experience to write about? Of course, it would.

But how do you write about something that you haven’t experienced? Something that is not real? Something that doesn’t exist? Something you completely know nothing about?

Well, it is hard to answer for most. But over the years I have come to the conclusion, in my opinion that the phrase, ‘write what you know,’ doesn’t actually means write what you know.  And since I don’t like to write autobiographies, I take my cue from the great writers of the past.

Bram Stoker, Mary Shelly, J. R. R Tolkien, C. S Lewis, H. G. Wells. Edgar Allen Poe to name a few. Yeah, yeah, I know I named only writers from the last hundred years or so and there are more writers of course. But these are my favorite few.

And they all had something in common. They didn’t all write what they knew. All of their stories were all fictional. Made up. Fantasy, sci-fi, and horror. Unless all of their stories was an account of their real life. Which I honestly don’t think there was an actual invasion or time travel expedition, an encounter with a vampiric   count Dracula that roamed the Carpathian landscape, or a parallel, time warped, black hole journey into Middle Earth or Narnia. (WELL UNLESS  THERE  REALLY  WAS? AND THERE IS SOMETHING THEY AREN’T TELLING US. WE WOULD NEVER REALLY KNOW, NOW, WOULD WE?) 

Well, how did they write what they knew then? Well, the answer to that is plain old research and simple yet complex imaginations.

And so that’s what I think the phrase ‘write what you know,’ really means, not just experiences of your own life.

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What do you think about the phrase write what you know?

I want to know so let me know in the comments below.

Also Check out the excerpt for the upcoming werewolf short story IN THE HOUR OF HUMANITY

 You can also interact with the podcast on Gab @duringthebluehour