- Character types cross all genres. The difference is in how a villain or a hero(ine) operates in the magical world. And there's lot of fun to be had in making that up!
- Especially in fantasy and sci-fi, being able to identify with a character helps navigate a reader's way around the world you've created. The stranger the world, the more important this is and the clearer it makes your writing.
- Characters clash across all genres. How do clashes manifest themselves in the different worlds? It might be pistols at dawn in Earth based work. In the magical world, it is (usually) the one quickest on the draw with their wand that lives (or at least stays in their existing form!) to fight another day.
- You should be able to root for characters regardless of their world, even if it is rooting for them to fail.
- Absolute power corrupts absolutely as the saying goes. There's a lot of fun to be had showing how that happens whether your story is Earth based (and perhaps more readily identifiable) or on a strange magical world somewhere. We all know corruption when we see/read it.
I'm Allison Symes and write fairytales with bite, especially novels and short stories.