Developing the initial story for Book One didn’t come about easily. I started off with animal characters. I knew I wanted the main character to be called “Wisdom”, but who or what would that person look like?
My first attempt was a cat. But as time went on I realized a cat wouldn’t do. Nor was I satisfied drawing cats. As an illustrator, I wanted to advance my art skills. When I went to college, I studied the figure. I would look at book covers and think how much better an actual human would be as the main character. Little did I realize “human” was beyond what I’d end up with.
I loved fantasy. My first fantasy novel was The Western Wizard by Mickey Zucker Reichert. That gradually shifted to Dragonlance, written by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis. Back then, I didn’t really know how to build a novel, so I used the novels I read to lay the story out.
My first book ended in a 200 page series of short stories, with no consistent plot. What it did do was build my first set of characters. I liked what I had; it just needed work. I wrote tons of short stories. Some of which I keep locked away! It wouldn’t be until the year 2000 that I began to write the novel I have completed today. Entitled Wisdom, it focused on a young boy striving to understand what he was and where he came from in a land where human settlement was less than a century old.
Then I got to thinking, what if? I’m a horse fanatic, used to ride when I was younger. So naturally a unicorn story would fit the picture, but I didn’t want something out of the norm. There are so many stories about unicorns today that it’s really hard to come up with anything different. There are many stories about wizards, magic, and much more. Tolken saw to that in Lord of the Rings. And Narnia took care of many of mythological creatures. But what if there was one out of the ordinary? What if there was a dark unicorn? What if unicorns were supposed to be all white? What if they were all female? How would they reproduce? How do they tie in with Nature or relate to the main character?
I guess we’ll find out.
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