Writing

Meet the Mage Tyrese the Seer

I always wanted to write a story with a character named and inspired by Tiresias from Greek Mythology.  When I started writing Dragon in the Snow, Tiresias popped up again.

I've never used Tiresias because the name is not an easy one to fit into a story.  That is when the character stepped forward and Tiresias became Tyrese, the Blind Mage who sees more than anyone with sight.

Tyrese is a member of the Order of Nabu Saa.  I really want him to be a different kind of wizard, and that is going to be a challenge in execution as much as concept.  We've all read so many different stories about magic users, and I want to try something else with him.

What will that look like?  I'm really not sure, and that excites me.  I have a few ideas about where I want this to go, but I will say the there are two songs I can't get out of my head when I think about Tyrese and the Mages of Nabu Saa.

If you haven't heard Eppic and TeraBrite's version of Dark Horse, listen to it.  Eppic rewrote the rap and made it a more prominent part of the song.

I would love to get your ideas about what you would like to see.  Remember, the book is still taking shape.

When a story sneaks up on you, write it

I didn't expect to be writing today, but here I am.  The idea was a simple one, Wuxia King Arthur with Dragons, Magic, and a Twist.  That idea was so high concept that I didn't expect it to start crystalizing as fast as it did.

Test image to try to inspire more story.

Test image to try to inspire more story.

Throughout the day, I probed the idea and even made a test cover to see if I could find any inspiration in what I can only call a notion.  That is a very generous way for me to describe this wisp of an idea that I had by midnight.  But I really wanted to write something, anything.

At about 1 am, I sat down in my office to start writing and the words and images started flowing.  The characters and world came alive to me.  I can't remember a story that flowed out of me so easily.

This isn't the book I was planning on writing.  This isn't even the setting I thought I would be writing in, but the story presented itself so aggressively I had to give it a try.

Fascination is more important to me than than inspiration.  I really need to be captivated by an idea for the images to form easily.  I can write when I am not in love with a story, but the stories are harder to do, and I find it hard to get into the character's head.  Fascination is a funny beast.

I hope Dragon in the Snow continues to flow this easily, but I know it will have challenges like every story does.  The best part is, I don't know how the book will end, but I have a funny feeling it does.  

If you want to read along with the draft, check it out here.