by J. A. Grier
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What advice do you have for other fantasy writers?
I think of the poem I'm working on as wet clay - I get my hands dirty, try new things, and enjoy myself. I keep shaping and sculpting until I love the thing I'm holding. As poets we need to set our minds free, and create what is inspiring for us and not what we think someone else wants. Fantasy seems to bloom when the mind is willing to surrender the ordinary and go someplace totally new, unexpected, full of energy, and maybe a little uncomfortable.