Don’t Fear the Dragon

Dragons seem to be synonymous with fantasy. The most famous of fantasy authors rely on at least one wonderful (or dreadful) dragon in the stories.

What do dragons signify? They are one of the signs in the Chinese Zodiac but it doesn’t come up for another couple of years. We are currently in the Year of the Ox, and next year will be the Year of the Tiger. You might check this website to find out where you are in the lineup.

I prefer to think about what the dragon represents in fantastical tales. What are the words you think of when dragons come to mind? Fire? Passion? Mystery? Something primeval? A mythical creature? A dragon is all of that and more, but the dragon will always have meaning for each of us individually.

Ursula LeGuin wrote: People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons –
from within.

I am so intrigued by dragons that I may need to start writing about them.

  • TIP: In your idea notebook (you do have one, don’t you?), jot down all the ideas and meanings that come to you about dragons. How can you use these ideas in a story?

~ CLMcK ~

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