Drawing on Myths and Legends


Here’s a great post from Anna Dobritt’s blog on drawing from myths and legends in writing

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Drawing on Myths and Legends

Definition of a Myth: Merriam-Webster Dictionary

1 a :  a usually traditional story of ostensibly historical events that serves to unfold part of the world view of a people or explain a practice, belief, or natural phenomenon

b :  parable, allegory

2 a :  a popular belief or tradition that has grown up around something or someone; especially :  one embodying the ideals and institutions of a society or segment of society <seduced by the American myth of individualism — Orde Coombs

Definition of a Legend — Merriam-Webster Dictionary

a :  a story coming down from the past; especially:  one popularly regarded as historical although not verifiable

There are thousands of myths and legends in the world. With so many different cultures past and present, myths and legends give a writer a whole host of ideas to play around with.

Before humans discovered science, they used myths to explain such things as the creation of the…

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