EXERCISE Myth-take Challenge #18

Discussion in 'REFINING WRITING' started by Lstorm, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. Myths and legends could be said to be the prototypes of modern novels. They are stories in their own right, tales that were passed on for generations. Even today, some elements from the old myths remain in our stories and occasionally, they serve as inspiration.

    This week’s mythical element is: Yuki-onna

    In Japanese mythology, Yuki-onna is a spirit who is often viewed as a threat, a malicious spirit, but she also has a softer side to her. She is often depicted as a woman who wanders in snowstorms, freezing the travellers she comes upon, or tricking them into staying long enough to freeze. In other legends, she is depicted as a seductive woman who lures men to their doom and drains their energy, or as an outright evil force who barges into homes, breaks windows and freezes people indiscriminately. She also has a softer side to her, though, as she sometimes spares her victims for various reasons.

    Your challenge is to write a story that incorporates your own take on this mythical element. The genre and setting of the story does not matter as long as the element remains recognisable.