A Leap into the Fantasy Realm: Why I Transitioned from Historical Romance to Fantasy
As writers, our creative journeys are often marked by intriguing shifts and evolutions. For years, I found my literary home in the realm of historical romance, weaving tales of love and intrigue amidst the backdrop of bygone eras. But then, an irresistible call from the world of fantasy beckoned me, and I embarked on a thrilling transition that transformed my writing.
Historical romance had been my literary sanctuary for a significant part of my writing career. It provided me with a rich tapestry of settings, cultures, and societal norms to explore. The allure of recreating moments from the past, where love blossomed amid the complexities of history, was undeniable.
Imagination Unleashed: The transition to the fantasy genre was akin to setting my imagination free. While historical romance provided an elegant canvas, fantasy was an invitation to create entire worlds, invent magical systems, and populate them with mystical creatures. It was like stepping into a boundless universe of creativity.
The Lure of Sword and Sorcery: Historical romance and historical fantasy share a common ground - a deep-rooted connection to the past. What sets historical fantasy apart is the infusion of magic, the introduction of supernatural elements, and the freedom to employ sword and sorcery to expand the narrative's potential. It's history with a touch of enchantment.
World-Building Extravaganza: The fantasy genre is a haven for world-building enthusiasts. I reveled in the opportunity to craft entire civilizations, envision mythical landscapes, and imagine societies where the laws of physics could be bent to create awe-inspiring moments. It was like being an architect of a fantastical universe.
Historical romance and historical fantasy both thrive on meticulous research and an understanding of the past. However, historical fantasy takes a daring leap by introducing elements of magic, mysticism, and sorcery into the equation. Here's how sword and sorcery enrich the storytelling experience:
Elevating the Plot: Sword and sorcery elements add layers of complexity and intrigue to the storyline. Magical artifacts, mystical creatures, and powerful spells become pivotal plot devices, allowing for unexpected twists and challenges that captivate the reader's imagination.
Character Development: Characters in historical fantasy navigate a world where magic is real. This not only influences their abilities but also their beliefs, motivations, and relationships. Exploring how characters adapt to, resist, or harness magic can be a captivating aspect of the narrative.
A Sense of Wonder: Sword and sorcery allow readers to explore the unknown, to be awed by the mystical and the unexplainable. It kindles a sense of wonder that can be immensely rewarding for both writers and readers alike.
The transition from historical romance to historical fantasy has been a transformative and exhilarating journey. It's akin to moving from a familiar city to an uncharted wilderness, where the possibilities are endless, and the landscapes are limited only by one's imagination. While historical romance will always hold a special place in my heart, the allure of historical fantasy and the magic of sword and sorcery have expanded my storytelling horizons in ways I could have never imagined. As writers, we thrive on exploration and evolution, and my foray into the fantastical realm has opened up a world of wonder that I'm excited to continue exploring and sharing with readers.
Begin my adventure into fantasy! Enjoy!