How to create content for your novel

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  • Rework a myth or legend into something personal. A few examples: the “Percy Jackson” saga by Rick Riordan; “Circe” and “Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller; “Uprooted” and “Spinning Silver” by Naomi Novik.
  • Set your novel in an existing imaginary setting. Your story needs a setting: it can be real New York, or it can be imaginary Minas Tirith. You can very well set your story in Narnia, on Mount Olympus, in the Walhalla… Dante set his story in Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise, after all.
  • Take fairy-tale details for granted. If you read “the princess kissed the toad” what do you think is going to happen? That’s right: the toad will become a prince. It doesn’t really happen, however you can use it as information in your novel without giving further explanation, because everybody knows that when a princess kisses a toad in a story, the toad will turn into a prince.

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Chiara De Giorgi

Chiara De Giorgi

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Dreamer, reader, writer, storyteller, editor, translator, traveler.