Just Another Struggling Writer

The lamentations of yet another person struggling to write a novel.

Trope-Day; Dragon Knight

It’s Tuesday again, friends, which means it’s Trope-Day here on Just Another Struggling Writer. Tropes, in my view, are the building blocks of all stories, and while some are abused more than others, every single trope can be reinvented or reimagined into something fresh and exciting. It’s all in how you write!

This week we’ve got another fun character trope to dissect:

Dragon Knight

Estinien Wyrmblood from Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward

According to TVTropes.org, Dragon Knights range from knights with actual draconic features or abilities to simply those with dragon motifs in their armor or fighting style. Dragon Knights adhere to the rule of cool: readers will buy more implausibility the more awesome a thing is.

So, what is a Dragon Knight? A recent and famous example would be Daemon Targaryen from the Game of Thrones spinoff, House of Dragons. In fact, a lot of Targaryens of eld would qualify for this trope. And if you’ve ever played a Final Fantasy game, you’re probably familiar with some flavor of Dragon Knight. Where do you think dragoons get the name? 

While it might seem that Dragon Knights are better suited for visual media, where audiences can fully appreciate the badass armor, they certainly have their place in literature as well. Given the right setting and descriptive writing style, Dragon Knights can elevate your story to new levels of badassery. 

Definitely thinking about including one in a future project now…

Until next time friends, may your writing be plenty and your struggles be few! 

Kerry Share

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Kerry Share’s love for writing started, as it so often does, as a love of reading at an early age. At age 11 she wrote her first short story, a Harry Potter knockoff of dubious quality, and her love for creative expression was born. Throughout her teen years she continued to foster that passion through derivative work, and at 23 she turned her eye to original fiction.

Now in her thirties, having taken a break from creative endeavors to cope with an ever changing life and landscape, she is determined to make her dream of a writing career reality.

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