I love writing. It’s so freeing. I can go on adventures wherever I want with whoever I want. My characters even behave, mostly. Still, writing is not the only thing I love to do.
Recently, I’ve gotten into sewing in a big way. I’ve learned all kinds of skills, and I do have a goal with it. Cosplay! I’m also a gamer and I love the fantastic, wizard’s robes and tunics and fancy clothing from fantasy lands. Then I realized, I have my own fantasy land I can enjoy playing with, too...
I’ve written some descriptions of what my characters would wear in my books. Sometimes I’ve left it pretty open to the reader’s imagination. Other times I’ve described an item pretty well. You know, it would be fun to make some of this stuff! For instance, ornate robes from the University faculty, or the Mages Council would be fun and colourful. The dark robes of the CDF (you meet them in book 4) would be ominous and almost Assassin’s Creed like. The Healer’s wear simple robes that can be laundered, but have trim and such for identifying their skills and rank.
I’ve described Aili’s clothing and the Scout gear in more detail, and can add things, like belt pouches they’d need and gloves and more things useful in a forest. I love the flowing cloaks, though I think Aili would wear a smaller and less billowing one than I’ve made for the Wizard Cosplay I’m working on. Hers would also be darker and probably green.
Clothing doesn’t just give us more details to write about. What a character wears is going to impact how they move and behave. If Aili was in robes all day she’d never vault onto Leya so easily and go tearing through the bush. Her robes would catch in the bushes and be ripping all the time, even with magic to protect it. The Grandmaster of the University moves regally and gracefully, and can wear silky robes that seem to float, because other than some stairs (robes need to be short enough, maybe with leggings), she doesn’t have to get physical quickly.
Even when reading other writer’s books, I sometimes can imagine what the characters would wear. When reading The Shard by Jane Shand, about Nalani who sells cloth, I could picture the fine cloth in the basket, and imagine what she would be wearing. Climate also would affect it, so even a style came to mind, colours and all.
On the other end of the spectrum, there’s always the robes of the Harry Potter series. Who doesn’t want to go to Hogwarts? Until then, I’ll remain a Jedi, or maybe be a teacher at the College of Winterhold in Skyrim, or become a keyblade wielder from Kingdom Hearts. With cosplay, the possibilities are endless. One thing’s for sure, I will make some clothing from my own world because I can, and I’ll have fun doing it.
Why stop at writing when there are so many ways to bring a story to life? What foods might they enjoy? I’m going to try a recipe for the pan bread they love over campfires. That could be fun!
I’ve been writing stories for myself for years. Now, I’m a published author. No genre is off limits, though I have some favorites.