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On facing down dragons

 

Defeating dragons

Thank you to Christina at Quillpower for triggering my dragon musings today. I saved this image so long ago that I can’t remember who or what the source was, sorry. But I do love the quote from the very Rumpole-esque wordsmith, G.K. Chesterton.

I’ve faced a few dragons in my time, many of my own making. I’d also argue that writing a novel is like wrestling a dragon. It’s tough to breach the hide and reach the heart. You might think you have the jaws and claws under control, only to be whipped by the tail. There’s a high risk of being publicly incinerated. But the elation experienced if you do succeed is intense and well worth striving for.

I’m deep into the biggest manuscript I’ve ever attempted. It may be that I’m close to completing Book 1 of a trilogy. That means an absolute monster of a dragon.

I hope I’m equal to the task.

UPDATE: Thank you to the delightful and generous Sandy Fussell for helping me trace the artist responsible for the image above (sans text). More of Kay Nielsen’s magnificent fairytale illustrations can be found here. Sandy’s blog is here.