Mythical and Fantasy Creatures:
Where Fantasy Comes to Life
By A. G. Weyland
Copyright © 2008 by A. G. Weyland All Rights Reserved
There are a million and a half reasons writers develop the hated and
feared Writer's Block. For a writer, accepting you've hit that wall is
similar to accepting you are paralyzed from the waist down, and by
writing standards, you are. Your pen freezes, you lay your fingers on
the keyboard and they refuse to type coherently. It's an illness, and if
there was a medication to fix it, every writer in the world would line
up and pay any price for the prescription. Writers from different genres
undoubtedly suffer from different symptoms and levels of blockage. And
if there ever is such a breakthrough as medication for writers, there
would have to be different doses or different medications all together
for each genre.
The highest dose would easily go to fantasy writers. Aside from
developing characters and plots, fantasy writers build cities, empires,
and worlds. And sometimes, worlds are built only to tear them down three
hundred pages later. It's a sad reality but a reality nonetheless.
Writer's block within the fantasy realm comes in many forms. Most
notorious may be in choosing monsters. Your protagonist is saving the
princess from an evil….. An evil what? A dragon? Too cliché. A ghost?
This isn't paranormal fantasy! What could possibly be lurking at the end
of the dark corridor if not a dragon or a ghost?
The poor forlorn writer could phone a friend, poll the audience,
eliminate two choices (undoubtedly leaving only dragon and ghost), or
Google "fantasy monsters." Aha! Google! Google has become an
international beacon for the Age of Reason and it can lead you anywhere
from to the monster you've been looking for or fluffy pink socks with
dragons on them. Yet Google isn't the life-saving website of the future;
it is merely a means to an end. The perfect website is different for
every writer and every person, but there is one for fantasy writers that
is instrumental for those staring at the end of a dark corridor and
begging for something other than dragons and ghosts.
Mythical & Fantasy Creatures: Where Fantasy Comes to Life
is the godfather of all other imaginary creature databases. There are
creatures most writers never knew existed. You can scroll through the
many categories, ranging from plant-like creatures to Egyptian creatures
and gods. Mythical and Fantasy Creatures (http://www.mythcreatures.co.uk/index.asp)
is an impressive database for not only fantasy writers but historical
Any work with a basis in history has the opportunity to reference
mythology, either directly or indirectly. In today's world, Achilles'
heel not only survives but is a popular saying. With a mythology list
that includes (but is not limited to) Norse, Mayan, Egyptian, and Celtic
mythology, Mythical and Fantasy Creatures proves itself as a
worthy competitor in a cyber world dominated by Wikipedia and Yahoo
Answers. Or rather, it is the competitor for fantasy and historical
writers staring at a dead-end. And besides being a great source of
fantasy and mythical dead-end solvers, Mythical and Fantasy Creatures
is easy to navigate. No matter your level of Internet finesse, this site
is beginner friendly and pretty self-explanatory.
But one of the greatest features of Mythical and Fantasy Creatures
is that for a writer juggling a million things at once, the simplistic
layout of the site allows you to get in and get out. There are no
pictures to distract you, no flashing images, no pop-ups, and most
importantly, no advertisements muddling the page. It's a
straight-forward, professional site that can quickly and effectively
help a writer in need. Your protagonist is saving a princess from a
monster at the end of the corridor, not a dragon or a ghost… A manticore
is roaring at the end of the darkness, ready to devour your hero. Hey,
he might not win, but at least now your novel has a villain, all thanks
to a little site known as Mythical and Fantasy Creatures.