Buddhist Figures, Buddhist Folklore, Character Development, Cryptozoology, Fantasy Writing, Hindu Figures, Hindu Folklore, Magical Realism, Mythological Creature Archive, Writing prompt

Mythological Creature; the Apsara, a Hindu and Buddhist fairy of the clouds, with writing prompt

According to Encyclopedia Britannica, Apsara, in Indian religion and mythology, one of the celestial singers and dancers who, together with the gandharvas, or celestial musicians, inhabit the heaven of the god Indra, the lord of the heavens. According to Wikipedia, in Hinduism, the Gandharvas are male nature spirits, husbands of the Apsaras. Some are part animal, usually a bird or horse. They have superb musical skills. They guard the Soma and make beautiful music for the gods in their palaces. Gandharvas are frequently depicted as singers in the court of the gods. Gandharvas act as messengers between the gods and humans. In Hindu law, a gandharva marriage is one contracted by mutual consent and without formal rituals.

Character Development, Creature Concept Design for writers, Cryptozoology, Fantasy Writing, Mythological Creature Archive, Writerly Tips

Creature Concept Design for Writers- Comparing the process of developing concept art and writing believable Sci-Fi characters

I am a big fan of the Syfy channel's show FACEOFF, and it got me thinking about the specifics of brainstorming characters and how creating and 3D design relates to our craft as writers. We too must master the art of creature concept design on paper. In an interview with Jerad S. Marantz.

Christian Folklore, Cryptozoology, Greek Folklore, Hebrew Folklore, Mythological Creature Archive, Writing prompt

Mythological Creature; The Anakim, giants from the land of Canaan with writing prompt

According to Earth-History.com The Anakim lived before the great flood and Noah's ark. The flood was apparently deliberate to clean the earth of these unholy creatures. Many say these beings were well documented and really lived. I'm here to talk about these creatures from a folkloric standpoint. If you believe they were real or if you believe this is heresy- in either case, this may not be the post for you. We are working up to a writing prompt here and this creature could be a great source of inspiration for your writing.

Cryptozoology, Greek Folklore, Greek Myth, Mythological Creature Archive

Mythological Creature; Arion, a green maned, divine horse from Greek Mythology

According to greekmythology.com (I'll keep their hyperlinks so you can refer to their webpage for further research.) Arion was an immortal horse in Greek mythology, which was very fast and bred by the gods. According to a source, it also had the ability to speak.

Cryptozoology, Heraldic Folklore, Mythological Creature Archive, Writing prompt

Mythological Creature; Amphiptere, a European hybrid-snake and bat or bird with comparisons from other cultures- With Guest Writing Prompt about snakes

An Amphiptere is a hybrid from European heraldry, part snake and part bird or bat. Heraldry is a broad term, encompassing the design, display, and study of armory or armor, as well as related disciplines, such as vexillology (flag design,) together with the study of ceremony, rank, and pedigree. Throughout Europe, the amphiptere was widely feared, so all who displayed it on their coat of arms would be perceived as particularly fearsome in battle.

Character Development, Cryptozoology, Folkpunk, Inuit Folklore, Mythological Creature Archive, Punk, Therian, Writerly Tips, Writing prompt

Mythological Creature; the Amarok, an Inuit wolf of Greenland and other arctic regions – With Therian writing prompt

According to Wikipedia an amarok, or amaroq, is a gigantic wolf, in Inuit mythology. It is said to stalk and devour any person foolish enough to hunt alone at night. Unlike wolves who hunt in packs, amaroks hunt alone.

Character Development, Cryptozoology, Historical Fiction, Magical Realism, Mythological Creature Archive, Writerly Tips, Writing prompt

Mythological Creature, the German Alp Demon – Why are German Folk Tales so dark? Snapshot GRIMM – with a Harry Potter FAN-FICTION Writing Prompt

The Grimm Brothers - Photo Credit: https://tinyurl.com/y5us2w44 According to Biography.com, despite the fact that Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm are often associated with Snow White and Rapunzel, the brothers didn’t actually write any of those stories. In fact, the stories existed long before the two men were born in Germany in the mid 1780s. The fairy… Continue reading Mythological Creature, the German Alp Demon – Why are German Folk Tales so dark? Snapshot GRIMM – with a Harry Potter FAN-FICTION Writing Prompt

Character Development, Cryptozoology, Mythological Creature Archive, Writing prompt

Mythological Creature; The “Alom-bag-winno-sis,” a Northeastern Native American dwarf & writing prompt

The Alom-bag-winno-sis or "The Alom," which I shortened, are dwarfish cryptids from the folklore of the Abenaki native people. The Abenaki, according to Wikipedia are indigenous of the Americas- located in the northeastern United States as well as Eastern Canada.