Hey, everyone, and welcome to my stop on the “Goddess” tour! I’m pretty sad that this trilogy is ending, but hopefully we’ll be giving it a good send-off with this tour. Today we have author Josephine Angelini talking about why she writes using mythology, which should be interesting to see in terms of her writing process.
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Monday, May 27th – Birth of a new Witch (That’s us!)
Tuesday, May 28th – Refracted Light Reviews
Wednesday, May 29th – Tales of a Ravenous Reader
Thursday, May 30th – Hobbitsies
Friday, May 31st – Reading Teen
Now, join us behind the jump to listen to Angelini’s story of myth and writing.
PROMPT: Why use myth?
Write what you know.
Everyone who’s ever written, wanted to be a writer, or was forced to take a creative writing class, got that bit of advice at some point. Write what you know. I hated hearing that because it got me nowhere.
Every time I sat down with pen in hand, trying to think of what it was that I knew, the only answer I ever got to that question was…nothing. I know nothing. Was I supposed to steal from my life, and even if I did, had my life been interesting enough? I wasn’t an astronaut, or the fifth member of a jewel heist, or a rodeo clown. I was a college kid. What was I supposed to do? Write something that made a big deal out of a time I got dumped by someone?
Some writers have had celebrated careers writing about their failed relationships or their disillusionment or their ennui or whatever. When I tried it, my story came out terrible. Really, truly terrible. I basically just whined for a couple of pages and then ran out of steam. I didn’t even want to read it back because, seriously? Who wants to read about some self-absorbed co-ed who carries on about getting dumped like it’s the end of the world? I kept wanting to tell my protagonist to get a hobby, adopt a kitten—anything—just stop sniveling about What’s-His-Face.
I realized that if I was ever going to write something, it needed plot. I like action. I like characters that do things, but if I was limited to writing what I knew, then my most exciting action sequence would be someone running to catch the subway. Not exactly what I had in mind. Then I got some more writing advice.
Write what you love.
Nuts. This posed a new set of problems. I grew up reading fantasy and science fiction. I had Star Wars memorized by the time I was ten. I studied Shakespeare and Sophocles in college. And, yes, I was addicted to Star Trek: The Next Generation, although I kept that really quiet. What a mess. It took me forever to figure out what it was that I loved.
But I finally managed it. What I love is a big, epic story, filled with love and loss. And somewhere in the mix there has to be a monster, dragon, or an alien or what’s the point, right? Now comes the best bit of all. I took all the advice I’d been given about writing and decided to blend it.
Write what you know and love.
I studied Greek drama, so I know it rather well, and I love dudes with swords. Take a myrmidon, add in three creepy ghost-girls knows as the Furies, curse a couple of people, and voila! That’s a story I’d like to write. No, even better. That’s a story I’d like to read.
This isn’t to say that every book I’m ever going to write is going to be based on mythology—far from it—but it was a fantastic place for me to start. I felt comfortable writing inside this genre and was excited to come up with new twists to make the old tales modern and fresh.
So I guess that, to me, writing Starcrossed wasn’t really about choosing myth over some other genre, but how I figured out what I needed to write to begin with.
Thanks, Josephine, for joining us today with that awesome post! I know it’s given me good insight into this entire trilogy, and even changes the way I look at things within it just a bit. Remember…