I am not talking about that song in this post. Let me just clear that up from the beginning. In fact, I don’t care for the song myself.
However, what it does pertain to is my research I’ve been doing in trying to nail down my next project. I couldn’t help myself. Even while lounging about and barely spending any time awake, those moments I was awake I was discussing things with the Hubby Man. I was also researching details when it comes to fantasy sub-genres.
Anyone who knows speculative fiction such as SciFi, and Fantasy when it comes to defining sub-genres in these areas it can be a bit hard to nail down a few of them. Like nailing jello to the wall kind of hard.
I have a deep passion for Fantasy. I don’t know where it comes from or why it exists, but reading it or watching it on television really makes me excited. I can’t wait to dive into some world created by the author. Now, writing it for myself has the same effect for me. I love it. However, unlike horror, I haven’t spent nearly as much time crafting my voice in it nor learning every detail of working on one.
I did know enough to know that dark fantasy is probably the way to go in the beginning. Why is that? Simple. Dark fantasy is taking fantasy at its best and borrowing horror aspects, throw it in a dark murky muck somewhere and you have the basics. The very basics of what dark fantasy is.
The more I tried to nail down more details about it, the harder it was to find a clear line. One particular author says that a horror-based fantasy is usually used to go from the monster’s point of view. It allows you to take on a more sympathetic view of the supernatural beings generally taken from horror. While horror focuses more on the victims.
There we had one defining moment. Writing as the monster instead of the victims…oh yes, please. That is my absolute favorite thing to do. This was really starting to sound like my sub-genre.
I did discover that it often held themes of horror, fear, supernatural, or psychological. Again, this was sounding right up my alley of work. I love delving into the psychology that goes on behind certain stories and messing with the psychology of the readers as well.
Now that I’d done at least enough research to generally know the bounds to which I can work. I have to admit, I’m excited to dive into my next piece now. Wow, how the ideas have come. Today, I will be working on nailing it all down.
Onto plotting, I say.
Remember to L.O.L. (Live it, Own it, Love it) or it isn’t worth doing.