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WorldBuilding: How to Write Dragons

August 30, 2016

Invisible Ink

It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.  –J. R. R. Tolkien

Show of hands how many of us love a good dragon story. I’m going to assume that’s everybody. We are a world in love with dragons—their abilities, their intellect, their history, the very idea of them.  Yet our love of these mystical creatures has turned into an over-saturation of them in our reading material. Every other fantasy novel seems to contain some element of a dragon world or character, and many have them woven into the plot or closely twined with the protagonist. How many more ancient wise ones who want to guide humanity and evil, tormented ones who want to see all humans dead can we take?

What we as readers want is a unique story about our scaly friends (or foes). That show of hands…

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