|Fraggles and bow-ties are cool!|
My friend Dave, puppet-maker and artist extraordinaire, just wrote the Awesome Sentence of the Week on Facebook: “I orbit around my desk like a fraggle-haired moon.” Sorry Dave, I’m “totes” stealing your pic and quote to share on my blog, because it’s just that awesome.
Voice: personality in writing that “shows” character much more than “telling.” Dave’s sentence was a great example of Voice.
Like Dave, I’ve been heavily influenced by the work of Brian Froud. I used to check out books of his artwork from the school library (back when I did more drawing than writing), and I was a huge Dark Crystal and Labyrinth geek. (Still am!) While planning The Moongate, I kept picturing Froud’s faeries as characters, particularly the half-Fey and the wilder forest Fey. I imagined personality types and customs for each different Fey race, based on European myths and legends I’ve read about faeries. But, since I had to keep the word count down, and since world-building is maddeningly difficult, especially for a first book, I had to simplify things. My Fey people who feature as main characters have mostly human-like mannerisms and emotions. I hope this isn’t a mistake. In later books, the half-Fey get to be more in the spotlight, and this is where I think I can develop my ideas of Froud-esque faeries.
Below, I’m posting some of Froud’s artwork that inspired me:
|Sadly, even some Fey suffer from seasonal allergies.|
|Actually, we have a dog who looks like this.|
What about you guys? Any fantasy authors here who have some tips on how to world-build and stay functionally sane? What other artists or authors have inspired your characters?