Vampires, werewolves, fairies, giants, nymphs, mermaids, dragons, elves, dwarves, banshees…
To those of you who like to add a bit of fantasy to your stories, what are your favorite mythical creatures to write about? Mermaids diving into the deepest depths of the ocean? Fairies that are tasked with changing the seasons of the world? Vampires who, ya know, drink blood and burn in the sun instead of sparkle?
For me, it’d be dragons. I have stories with dragon-like species of people, dragon gods, even little itty-bitty pet dragons that catch their own supper by barbecuing small bugs and birds. The sheer versatility of mythical creatures is what makes them so fun to write.
Of course, any sort of rule of the “real world” can be turned upside-down and inside-out in the world of a writer, but they still have to make some sort of sense. Otherwise, the reader’s sense of disbelief can be jarred enough to launch the reader out of the story. It’s a similar concept with writing fantasy and mythical creatures, but there’s definitely more leeway.
Anyone else enjoy adding a mythical creature or five to his/her stories? What kinds are your favorite to write about?