Make it Epic!

March 08, 2012

“I came in with Halley's comet in 1835, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don't go out with Halley's comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: ‘Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.’”  Those words were penned by Mark Twain.  Incredibly, he foretold his death, and sure enough, he died on April 21st, 1910…the day following the comet's return. Coincidence?  Humor? Twain made his stories big, and yes…they were epic.

I'm a ring-tailed roarer. I can draw faster, shoot straighter, ride harder and drink longer than any man alive. I ride cyclones. I'm the rip-snortinest cowboy that ever rode north, south, east or west of the Rio Grande. I'm Pecos Bill.”  This excerpt, from the old west tales was put into story by Edward O'Reilly. Pecos Bill, along with such giant characters as Paul Bunyan and John Henry, feed our mind and fuel our imagination.  Our imagination should be big…like these fictional characters.  They are bigger than life and that’s what makes them fun.  Who of us doesn’t smile or laugh at the beginning of the Indiana Jones movies?  The opening sequences are big, over the top, epic.  They thrill us and capture our imagination.  The term “imagination” is defined this way:  The formation of a mental image of something that is neither perceived as real nor present to the senses.” 

“Well, I have no imagination,” you say…REALLY? Ladies, have you forgotten when you were six and played dress-up?  Staring in the mirror, you envisioned yourselves wearing a beautiful, white laced wedding gown.  No one was more beautiful than you.  You dreamed of playing house, being a mother, and live happily ever after.  Wasn’t that your imagination?

Men, fess up.  Who didn’t want to be a fireman, policemen, pirate or even batman?  I remember I wanted to be an astronaut so badly. I wanted to visit the planets…touch the stars, ride along the Milky Way and dance across the moon.  Our imagination has always been there.  We just get too busy to remember what it was like to simply… well, imagine.

When you envision your story, imagine it on a grand scale.  Make it epic.  Who cares if mortal men can leap buildings in a single bound? Why not be a pirate and sail the Caribbean’s turquoise waters in search of treasure? Or comb the hundreds of thousands of miles of the sands of the Sahara under the scorching sun?  Make your story as large, grand, and epic as you like.  Never think it’s too silly or preposterous.  It’s your story…your imagination.  Epic stories are what drive people to read books, to see movies that present great characters, great plots with conflicts, heroes, and villains.  When you’re ready, step outside the box…outside of your norm, your comfort zone and act like that child again. Be that pirate, that fireman, the beautiful bride, or even a princess.  Dream grand, dream big…dream epic!

About the Author:
V.F. Porzio is a debut writer entering the literary world with his historical fiction novel titled,
Sandro: The Forsaken World,’which will be released in early May. 

The follow up title,  “Sandro: An Accounting for Evil, Part Two, will be released early 2013.  Follow him on Twitter @VF_Porzio

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  1. One of the best books with Italian history and suspense to boot.