Thursday, May 3, 2012

Writers Need to be More than Painters

A couple of months ago, Nathan Bransford featured a post on his blog, entitled Writers Aren't Painters They're Magicians. His post was a response to the saying, Writers are Painters. I was impressed by his ideas, and they stuck in my mind. His ideas came back to me as I created my newest cover art for Heritage Avenged: Enchanted Bookstore Two.

Essentially, he pointed out that for a writer to really capture readers, he/she needs to do more than create a word-painting. An accurate, detailed character portrait, or in the case of fantasy writer—amazing world building, can be beautiful and admired for its own sake. But to really engage a reader, you need to challenge those perfectly rendered characters. It is the evolution that is so compelling. 

 

He suggested, instead of likening writing to painting, this comparison: "Writing is a performance, it brings things to life, it surprises and awes the audience."

 

As I composed the design for my cover art, I thought of his words and wanted to capture a sense of that urgency toward change. I drew my main character, Lyra McCauley, reaching and connecting her power to that of a star. The back edge of her skirt and cloak billow up in her hurry to gain its magic. Cover art should also hint at the fascinating evolution that lies within the pages.


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Marsha A. Moore is a writer of fantasy romance. The magic of art and nature spark life into her writing. The first of her epic fantasy romance series, ENCHANTED BOOKSTORE LEGENDS, is now available--SEEKING A SCRIBE. She has also authored the Ciel's Legacy series, fantasy romance with fast action mermaid/pirate storylines: TEARS ON A TRANQUIL LAKE and TORTUGA TREASURE.  For a FREE ebook download, read her historic fantasy, LE CIRQUE DE MAGIE, available at Amazon and Smashwords.

1 comment:

S. J. Maylee said...

Beautiful. The concept and the cover art. Thank you for sharing.

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