Stories are the oldest form of history for the human race. Right from the Stone Age to Generation Z, they have influenced our way of thinking and life in drastic ways. Some call them ‘religion’, some call the ‘traditions’, while some will even call them ‘old discoveries and postulations of science’. Whatever they may be, it is great fodder to bolster your story and give the readers a roller-coaster ride.
Of all the stories that I have read and written, I have seen two types of myth – one that is widely believed and the other created entirely of the imagination of the author. Many times, I have associated the myths in the stories that I write, to the darkest thoughts that cross my mind at night. This helps me to face my inner demons to some extent. People find comfort in their personal diaries. I find comfort through my stories.
I borrow some of the myths from Greek, Roman and Christian texts, but the myths that I create represents the causes that I stand for, in some way. Being an animal lover, it is hard to juggle between the avoidance of animal cruelty and keeping it real with the modern world. And through that, I found a solution, or rather, squeezed through a tiny loophole. I use humans as victims, in the hope that people can become aware and widen their knowledge of the truth behind the rosy front that humans show in their ventures.
And then, there are myths that I create completely on my own. It is easier when it is fantasy and harder when it is science fiction. Like, in my thriller series on Wattpad, titled ‘The Red List’ it is challenging for me to create the myth surrounding the very basis of my story and balance it with the thrill and action that I am trying to achieve along with a gripping plot. So, to create my myth, I first establish the purpose of my myth, then write the steps of achieving my goal of the myth in the form of a flowchart and then wrap each chapter around each point or facet of my myth.
Of course, using an already existing myth set is easier, which is based on either a religion or a heavily explored scientific concept or a tradition or widely accepted superstition. But, it always comes with a catch, a big one. There are always huge risks that I may end up disrespecting an entire community or nation or the entire world altogether, and eventually be disregarded as an ethical writer on the whole. As an artist, I am torn between using my creativity and being judged in the grey areas of what society with perceive me to be.
But, hey! That is what writing is all about. If you know the sweet spot between morphing your myth to compliment a promising story, you have to walk along a tightrope and feel the heat of the world below. Because, once you reach where you want to be, your incredulous journey is totally worth it!