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Monday, 5 May 2014

The Zodiac Posts [Part 1]

After the blog-hop post, I've decided to do a series of posts around some kind of concept or theme - - I thought of doing the Zodiac... not sure why, just 'cos. I thought it was just another one of my whims, but the more I thought about it, the more fun I thought I could have. I had the idea of each Zodiac sign representing an aspect of writing, or a genre, or a trope... something along those lines. I'm not taking the Signs that seriously - I've just borrowed the personality traits of the Signs according to one site for convenience, and am not myself a believer in astrology, but I'm also happy to look generally at astrological influences in fiction writing and that sort of thing!




I'm up for this challenge... I was wondering if anyone has any other suggestions for posts on the following themes. I've thought up two per Sign... they may change, and I'm also open to other suggestions.


Aries
The people born under the Zodiac Sign Aries are curious, energetic and enthusiastic individuals, who want to initiate and make things happen rather than being mere spectators. The need for excitement push them into new territories and makes them extremely action-oriented.
(see: http://www.ganeshaspeaks.com/aries/aries-traits.action)
 > Writing action and dynamic scenes
> Drama and the dramatic event: how do you write that pivotal moment?

Taurus
Known for being reliable, practical, ambitious and sensual, the people born under the Zodiac Sign Taurus have an eye for beauty. They tend to be good with finances, and hence, make efficient financial managers. However, like everyone else, a Taurus also has both positive and negative traits.
(see: http://www.ganeshaspeaks.com/taurus/taurus-traits.action) 
> Making a living from writing: is that a practical dream? 
> How do you handle rejection and keep on trekking?


Gemini
All Signs have dark sides as well as the bright sides, and the Gemini is no exception. People born under the Zodiac Sign Gemini have some distinct positive and negative traits. For example, they are clever and intellectual but they can also be tense and restless. To understand a Gemini it is essential to understand his/ her traits.
(see: http://www.ganeshaspeaks.com/gemini/gemini-traits.action) 
> The Twins: a trope in fiction 
> Doppelgangers: representations and tales


Cancer 
The Cancer-born are quite complex individuals, but fundamentally, they are conservative and home-loving people. They love to be in familiar surroundings and nurture their relationships.
(see: http://www.ganeshaspeaks.com/cancer/cancer-traits.action) 
> Writing about familiar surroundings: finding magic and inspiration where you live 
> Writing who you know: confessions of a writer (or two!)


Leo
Warm, action-oriented and driven by the desire to be loved and admired, the Leo have an air royalty about them. They love to be in the limelight, which is why many of them make a career in the performing arts.
(see: http://www.ganeshaspeaks.com/leo/leo-traits.action) 
> Writing royals: best depictions of royalty in fiction? 
> Writing royalty: who makes the top 10 best authors of all time?


Virgo
Quiet undemonstrative and introvert, the Virgo are the waters that run deep. Wise, witty and well spoken, the Virgo have a good understanding of human nature and can effectively help people solve their problems.
(see: http://www.ganeshaspeaks.com/virgo/virgo-traits.action) 
> Deconstructing human nature: conveying personality through dialogue 
> Literary Fiction: what is it?


Libra
Kind, gentle and lovers of beauty, harmony and peace, the Libra-born are attractive people. However, in their bid to please everyone, they can rarely say no to anyone, and as a result, end up stretching themselves.
(see: http://www.ganeshaspeaks.com/libra/libra-traits.action) 
> The Scales of Justice: why should characters find redemption, and should your antagonists ever 'get away with it'? 
> Regaining equilibrium: how do you resolve conflict in your plots?


Scorpio
Mysterious and strong willed, the Scorpio-born easily grab the limelight as they have what it takes to accomplish their goals. Besides, they possess a magnetic charm that not many can ignore.
(see: http://www.ganeshaspeaks.com/scorpio/scorpio-traits.action) 
> Romantic heroes and brooding bad boys - how (not) to write them 
> Secondary characters who steal the show - good, bad, or really annoying?


Sagittarius
The Sagittarius enjoy travelling and exploring what life has to offer. Adventurous that they are, the Sagittarius are always willing to take risks and keep the excitement levels in their lives alive.(see: http://www.ganeshaspeaks.com/sagittarius/sagittarius-traits.action) 
> Travel writing in fiction: when you can't write 'what you know' 
> The Quest Novel: what makes a good one?


Capricorn
Capricorn is the Sign of stability, calmness and maturity. People born under this Sign are sensitive, sensible and secure in their own space. They not take mindless decisions but at the same time they will take well-calculated risks to get what they want.
(see: http://www.ganeshaspeaks.com/capricorn/capricorn-traits.action) 
> Writing family sagas - how do your characters cope with the passing of time? 
> Ageism in fiction and fictionalizing ageism

Aquarius
The Aquarius-born are strong and attractive individuals, who can think abstract and at the same time be practical as well. Their willingness and capacity to accept people as who they are make them sought-after company.
(see: http://www.ganeshaspeaks.com/aquarius/aquarius-traits.action) 
> #WeNeedDiverseBooks - how important is diversity in fiction?
> How can fiction help/hinder perceptions of people groups and individuals?

Pisces
These are generous and emotional souls. Quite popular in their social circles for being a genuine friend to everyone, a Pisces-born values human relations the most and puts the people he loves above everything else.
(see: http://www.ganeshaspeaks.com/pisces/pisces-traits.action)
> Spotlight on LitWorld - helping people through the power of literacy
>  Serious Fiction: Changing Lives through the Power of the Story


I may be adding ideas to these - and I'll be getting guest bloggers in on this too! Looking forward to interviews, features, general ramblings, and other cool stuff. 

Anything you want me to add, let me know! 

CMR





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