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Tamora Pierce is the author that has been on my bookshelf the longest. It was her book Wolf-Speaker, the second in her The Immortals quartet, that made me want to pick up books in the first place. While on one of my latest ventures to my local Barnes and Noble, I realized that she had published a new book called Tempests and Slaughter just this past February.
I honestly hadn’t realized she was still writing.
Wild Magic, the first of The Immortals quartet, was originally published in 1992, when I was only a toddler. Of course, even after I started reading her books when I was a young teen, Pierce had continued to write and publish books, but for some reason I still didn’t think she was writing new stories.
Doing some math, I realized that Pierce is 64 and still writing. Her first book was published when she was 29, meaning she has been writing for 35 years. She grew up on fantasy and science fiction and adored so many stories about fantastic warriors and battles, and I find it inspiring that she wrote about many of the same elements that she loved with the crucial addition of female heroes. She wrote the stories that she needed to hear while struggling through her teens and twenties on her way to following her dreams.
“Write what you know” is one of the main writing tips I always see, but I quite like the idea of “write what you need” better.
Our 8-pound dog is scared of our turtle.
Once upon a time, Raph the turtle was hanging out in our den and Rachel gave her a piece of banana. Chip the dog wandered in, saw the turtle and the untouched banana, and decided that, hey, Raph isn’t eating the banana and it’s on the floor, so it must be up for grabs. Before we could blink, Chip inhaled the banana piece and Raph… wasn’t happy. Apparently Raph was saving the banana for later.
Chip was startled that the turtle suddenly turned and really got going toward her. Despite popular belief, turtles aren’t that slow. When they wanna move, they move. Chip was still faster, of course, but she was startled enough to never want to stay in the den whenever Raph came out of her tank.
It’s a bit of an irrational fear. Honestly, there are no indications that Raph remembers the stolen banana piece or if she holds grudges. But seeing the turtle turn on her is ingrained in Chip’s little brain and makes the pup dash out of the room whenever she so much as hears Raph’s tank open.
Fears help round out characters. Even if they don’t impact much of the story, fears shape a character’s personality and actions. Facing their fears is usually a fantastic make-or-break moment for characters in their stories as well. Does your character’s fear help shape your character’s personality or the other way around?