Fantastic Friday Writers - What Inspires Me to Write Fantasy?

Author: Anastasia V. Pergakis // Category:

Welcome to the second post for the Fantastic Friday Writers group. This week we are talking about what inspires our fantasy/sci-fi minds to write. For my take on this topic, I'll be talking about why I decided to write fantasy specifically.

I began writing as soon as I could hold a pencil. I wrote those little stories about the apple tree on the school grounds or about how awesome my parents were. As an older child and a teen, I got deep into poetry. It helped to ease the angst of those troublesome years.

It wasn't until I was an adult that I really got into novel writing. I had always wanted to write stories and full length novels, but I never really applied myself to it.

The first novel I ever wrote was a mystery/romance. It is salvagable but at the moment, horribly written. I don't think at the age of 16 I was ready or knowledgable enough to write a romance, much less a mystery. So, it's collecting dust at the moment and I might return to it someday.

Writing fantasy, just sort of happened for me. I didn't really make a concious decision about it. I just started writing and tada - fantasy novel. And it just stuck with me. I love building new worlds and cultures and races. I think it appeals to the side of me that never really grew up. The side that still believes in faeries and dragons and elves and all those sorts of things.

So, I guess what inspires me to write fantasy is my inner child. The part that still believes in real magic (not the stuff magicians do on stage, but REAL magic). I just love it! Crafting brand new worlds and all the things that go into just makes me happy.

Writing fantasy is also an escape for me in a way. I can leave behind the stress of my life and enter into a whole other world. While I do want to write other genres like mystery or urban fantasy, I think right now my true calling is High Fantasy. *shrug* It just appeals to me in all ways and I think I'm pretty good at it. It fits, plain and simple.

Sorry this isn't more indepth or with a shocking revelation about why I write fantasy. I just do. It's me. *shrug*

I think every writer should go with what 'fits' for THEM, not what the industry is demanding at the time. While I can understand the want to follow the trends and write for them because of the drive to be published, I think you're work will reflect that it's not really what you enjoy doing. I love writing High Fantasy and I think that shows in my work. And the readers will see it too. For me, enjoying - and I mean really enjoying - what I write is more important than anything else. Because let's face it, if you aren't enjoying what you're writing, then why are you doing it in the first place?

Don't forget to hop around to the other members of the Fantastic Friday Writers to read why they write fantasy and/or sci-fi!

Tune in on Dec. 3rd when the Fantastic Friday Writers talk about how we connect with our characters on a personal level!

5 Responses to "Fantastic Friday Writers - What Inspires Me to Write Fantasy?"

Alex J. Cavanaugh Says :
November 19, 2010 at 8:04 AM

I write for the same reason - escape.
And it looks like I'll be known as the man of few words in our group!

Elizabeth Mueller Says :
November 19, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Hi, Anastasia! I agree with you. There's just something magical about high fantasy. I get that feeling of escapism in my other novels, but there's something about TRUE escapism in fantasy-writing. Isn't that interesting?

It's escaping the mundane.

Alex is silly.


J. D. Brown Says :
November 19, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Ana, you're totally a fantasy chic all the way around. :D

I love your faerys and I have to agree the genre is perfect for you. It matches your personality, I think.

Have a good one, I'll see ya on Skype later. :D

N. R. Williams Says :
November 19, 2010 at 1:25 PM

I think I never grew up either. Are we in Neverland yet? I'd love to know. Are your stories plot driven with an in depth look at the world of your fantasy or character driven?
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

Anastasia V. Pergakis Says :
November 19, 2010 at 3:46 PM

Alex - Man of few words ay? That's okay. I'm sure people will like the break as I know that I'm really long winded! LOL

Elizabeth - Oh yes, definitely something magical. I love it!

Jen - Fantasy chic all the way around huh? Might have to get that on a t-shirt, with a dragon pic or something...hrmm

Nancy - Mine are very character driven but I put a huge amount of work into my world building so that my characters can interact naturally in their environment. So, I'd say character driven with an indepth look at the world I created. Oh, and I wish we were in Neverland. *dreams*

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