This is the last creature of the Americas we are going to dive into. After this one, we will only have four mythological creatures left, all located in Oceania! Gah! Feels like just yesterday we were diving into the world of mythology.
What should we cover next?!
Ahuizoti | Mexico
Aquatic canine creature with a tail-hand.
- The fur on this hound clumps together to create spikes. Its hands are capable of manipulation, similar to humanoids.
- It likes humans, particularly nails, eyes and teeth. Shield yourself!
- You’ll find this creature near water. Any bodies of water. Caves near water. All of the above. As long as it’s near water.
- If prey is spotted, it’ll use its unique tail to swipe them up and drown them.
- Whoever is taken, their sacrificed to the rain god, supposedly.
Anyone writing a novel should always remember: consistently consistent. From the basics like character names to heavy lore details that provide rich world-building.
Telling a linear story will make you, as the writer, feel better about your product. You’ll feel encouraged to share your story more so than before.
In order to write consistently within the words, planning is necessary. We are definitely a broken record when it comes to this topic, but that should prove how important the process of planning out your novel really is. We’re talking plot outlines, world outlines, character bios, etc. All of these are needed to create the base of your novel. If you’re not incorporating mapping time, you’re not going to write a consistent story. You’ll end up writing ten different inconsistencies and your book will never see a virtual shelf. Ever. If you need to research, take time during this stage of your writing to get the gist of it. Relating your world to the reader’s will build the bond everyone wants to have with their favorite books.
Once writing has begun to unfold, your writing style for the novel at stake should remain relatively consistent (unless it’s part of the storyline…then do what you must! Just do it in a cohesive manner.) Tone with the narrator and characters shouldn’t change throughout the novel unless tragedy strikes and alters their perspectives. The plot can change slightly, as you uncover more during the writing process, but if it’s drastic…return to your outlines. You can easily incorporate these new changes in your story; it’ll also help you see where the changes will begin to morph the rest of the tale and avoid any inconsistencies!
Jersey Devil | New Jersey, USA
Hooved creature with bat-like wings and a blood-chilling scream.
- It lives in the Pine Barrens in South New Jersey but is also considered a mythological creature talked about in Philadelphia.
- It’s always described to be a flying biped with hooves. The combination vary: kangaroos, wyverns, goats, and horses are some of them.
- The Jersey Devil started as The Leeds Devil, also the Devil of Leeds. These names originated in the 1700s about a family (the Leeds) and a crazy story surrounding Mother Leeds. Mother Leeds had 12 children and fell pregnant with a 13th child. She wasn’t exactly the happiest expecting mother. She decided to curse the 13th child, saying it would be born as the ‘Devil.’ Supposedly, the Jersey Devil is the 13th child.
- Although the Jersey Devil was born in the 1700s, publications and sightings didn’t begin until the 1800s. As time went on, the name changed into the Jersey Devil. But the story still remains.
- None of the stories say its attacked humans or has any reason to…but it will rampage through towns and cities, if it wants to.
It’s not in everyone’s best interest to sit in their home office to write. Works for some, not for the rest. A few may take a ride in their car to a local place they find inspirational. Others take a hit to the wallet and hop on a place to their most relaxing destination. The purpose isn’t to escape the process of writing, but lay the seed of inspiration and nourish it with the surrounding scenery.
Is anyone a location-inspired writer? If so, where do you like to write?
The beach in a comfy chair with your toes in the sand?
In a hotel with a magical view of snow-capped mountains?
Curupira | Brazil
Jungle genie with bright red hair and backwards feet.
- Curupira is a blend of West African and European fairies, and was once considered a demon.
- The name comes from the Tupi language, which translates to covered in blisters.
- You’ll be able to spot this creature from a mile away. He has bright red/orange hair, usually resembles a man or dwarf, and has feet turned backward.
- How can this little guy be threatening? He creates illusions and produces sounds to drive their victim to go crazy.
- Don’t worry…they only go after poachers and hunters; those who take from the jungle they live in.
Madremonte | Columbia
Forest mother that protects flora and fauna from mankind.
- The mother of the mountain has been described as an elegant woman who wears moss and leaves with a green hat to conceal her face.
- You’ll find her living in the jungle and whenever she bathes in a river, her presence will cause flooding and heavy storms.
- Her motive lies within protection. She will haunt those who steal land and casts plagues on those who fall under that realm.
- She also dislikes unfaithful spouses, vagabonds, and other types of problem makers. When these people walk through her forest, they’ll encounter numerous obstacles to wear them down and force them to sleep for many hours on end.
- She’s also compared to that of Mother Nature.
Chupacabra | Puerto Rico
Bear-sized, spiky creature that drinks livestock blood.
- Breaking down the word, chupacabra can be translated to “goat-sucker” (chupar means ‘to suck’ while cabra means ‘goat’.)
- It’s primarily found in Puerto Rico but it’s been reportedly seen as far north as Maine, and as far south as Chile. Occasionally, you’ll hear of the creature popping up in Europe.
- The chupacabra’s first reported attack happened in 1995. This myth is still very young!
- Appearance varies on the place; it can be the size of a small bear, can have scales (making it more reptilian), a sharp spine, or may have quills. But guess what? It’s only supposedly 3 feet tall (can be up to four feet) and hops like a kangaroo. It’s sometimes described like a dog.
- They’re motive is similar to a vampire; their victims are always found drained of blood – not slaughtered.
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Some things you may wonder about us (or agencies in general) may be misguided by other postings on the internet. It’s best to ask the source directly to find out if the match is real! This doesn’t go for us, it goes for anyone you manage to get in touch with!
- Ask the individual you’ve made contact with how they got to where they are (in life, not your inbox.) Knowing our background helps give you perspective on our passions and how they may or may not coincide with yours.
- A great follow-up is asking how long we’ve been in the biz. Passion and credentials.
- Sales are really important in this part of the business. Don’t shy away from asking. We won’t give you the nitty-gritty details but we will tell you bout some of our accomplishments as of late!
- Before you query, ask us if we’re looking! And if we are, what are we looking for! Each agency has criteria (and posts it on their website most likely) which must be met. Realistically speaking, “The Great American Novel” is not one of them.
- Our expertise is important to note as well. Each agency covers every aspect of publishing, but sometimes – sometimes – you’ll come across an agency that’s REALLY good at something. What is it?
- Communication is so important to both agency and client. Get it done as soon as possible: how would you like to touch base with your agency? Establish it! Most situations now involve email, but who knows, we can set up calls, video chats, dinner and a movie (no book adaptations, thank you)…(totally joking!)
The most important thing to remember is every agency is different and the people within differ from the others you may have spoken to. It’s always good to keep an open mind to whoever you come across, inside the publishing world and out!
Ogopogo | British Columbia
Lake-dwelling serpentine monster.
- Sightings started in the 19th century but have been discredited to being a legendary water spirit, living in Lake Okanagan.
- Other than having the body of a snake, the head has been described to be that of a snake, horse, or even a goat. Sometimes it has long ears or horns with blue or brown scales.
- It eats flesh. That means humans…turn into prey. Hunters become the hunted. Native Americans never traveled across the lake without sacrificial meals on board. Now, its believed the monster dwells in one of the corners of the lake.
- It’s very similar to the Loch Ness monster of Scotland.
- The ogopogo is sometimes thought to be an extinct whale or marine reptile.
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