The Greatest Adventure

Christian Fantasy

Fantasy worldMy childhood years were a feast for the imagination, and for that Iโ€™ll always be thankful. Books were in abundant supply–stories of the best sorts that encouraged thought and creativity–and plenty of time for play and exploration also provided fodder for imagination and story-weaving.

As a child, I found that from the simplest things stories sprung and adventure always awaited. An upturned tree in the woods might have treasures entwined in the lattice of exposed roots. A hidden compartment might exist in the most everyday piece of furniture. A rotting barn might suddenly divulge centuries-old secrets.

Just around the corner, surely, something new and wondrous might be found.

Though I no longer go roaming through wood and field hoping to stumble upon adventure, as a reader of fantasy, I bring the desire to discover something new and wonderful to the books I read. I hope to turn a page and find something that will intrigue or delight, something that will pull me into an enchanting new world. And this desire also inspires me to craft stories and worlds of my own.

Sometimes, I think itโ€™s important to remember the thrill of discovery we had as children and to apply that same delight in creativity and imagination to the reading and writing of our stories. As we do, our tales have the potential to remind readers that life truly is a grand adventure, an epic quest that will culminate in a glorious conclusion, however grim it may seem at times. And that is wondrous indeed.

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  • Kessie
    January 27, 2012 - 10:57 am · Reply

    But first, one must have solitude and time. When one has three small children and lives in the city, there’s little time for either.

    Maybe that’s why I’m stuck writing urban fantasy. Monsters that come into cities and tear them up instead of monsters of the wood. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Sarah Sawyer
      January 30, 2012 - 3:40 pm · Reply

      Since my husband and I don’t have children yet, solitude isn’t as hard to come by, but time is always short (thanks to running a business and dealing with health issues). In a way, this post was a reminder to myself to remember the things that first inspired my creativity.

      There’s a large market for urban fantasy, so I don’t think that’s a bad place to be stuck. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Sarah Sawyer
      January 30, 2012 - 3:41 pm · Reply

      I’m glad this post brought back pleasant memories, Mary! My guess was that at least some of the other writers here would be able to identify with my childhood experiences, and it’s worth putting those experiences to good use. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • TheQuietPen
    February 1, 2012 - 9:56 pm · Reply

    This was indeed inspirational. As an Air Force brat, I traveled a lot, so many of my memories were of reading books in the car and staring out the window. I always enjoyed soaking in new scenery and people-watching–and I still do. It feeds my creativity in fantasy. I also used to lie back in my seat until I could only see the sky and try to pretend the car was flying through the air instead of rumbling along the ground–and yes, I still do this sometimes too. ๐Ÿ˜‰ That childlike wonder is essential–and one nice thing about working with children is that they have it in spades! I am fiercely protective of the modern world that tries to expose kids to “the hard realities” too fast, especially with adult themes and humor.

    I was working on editing a manuscript for a gritty urban fairy tale, but it became so gritty and hard that it was too much to live there. I’ve taken a hiatus and begun work on short stories to try and get back to that sense of wonder.

    • Sarah Sawyer
      February 6, 2012 - 11:57 am · Reply

      It’s so interesting how our childhood experiences connect to what we still find inspiration in as adults. Wonder is something so vital for people of every age, yet often the older we get the easier it is to let it slip away.

      I also find it a disturbing trend that young children are being exposed to adult themes too early. I know parents who let their children watch dark and disturbing things that I would never watch myself, and it saddens me. Maria Tatar, a professor at Harvard university who specializes in children’s literature and folklore, wrote an article called No More Adventures in Wonderland. In it, she said “Children today get an unprecedented dose of adult reality in their books, sometimes without the redemptive beauty, cathartic humor and healing magic of an earlier time.” I thought that summed it up well, and the article is worth a read if you have the time.

      I think books can be gritty and real and yet still have a sense of wonder and redemption. Perhaps when you return to your urban fairy tale, you’ll have a clearer sense of how to incorporate both. Sometimes we need to take a break from a project to refuel our creativity and see the next steps that need to be taken. May you find inspiration in abundance!

  • Theeb
    August 26, 2015 - 6:30 pm · Reply

    Those Jacquie Lawson Advent Calendars are awesome we’ve had them for 3 years now a dinfreeft one each year and the beauty is, you can keep them and still play them year after year. Every morning we watch 3 dinfreeft christmasy messages the original, London and this year’s Alpine Village. Enjoy!

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