I mentioned a writing challenge I had received while attending a critique group. This challenge required me to write in a fantasy setting. At the same time, I was also attending a group studying the Book of Revelation. Revelation was written by a first century apostle named John. Now, if you have never read the book of Revelation there are many, many very strange descriptions throughout the book. Mammals with wings, wings covered in eyes, fire raining down, etc.
As a writer, I found myself debating what John was trying to say through his descriptions. I found myself trying to view things from his perspective. Would he know what asteroids were? Or was he more likely to call them balls of fire raining down from heavy?
When I wrote my fantasy short story, I wanted to feature a peacock as the wizard’s pet but also wanted to make it something exotic to my main character the elf. I had to ask myself, “How do I describe a peacock from the perspective of someone who has never seen one?” Then I remembered John’s description of wings with eyes all over them from Revelation. When I pulled up a picture of a peacock, that is exactly what the dots on their feathers could be described as from the perspective of someone who had never seen such a thing.
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