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How "The Dragon Within" Got Started

By: Melody Jackson 

A couple years ago, I became very fascinated with dragon stories, and particularly, wanting to write my own. The problem was, I had no idea where to start. I had never written a novel before! I had no plot, no characters, no ideas except I wanted to write a book with dragons in it. So, that idea sat in the back of my mind for a while, but didn't really get started. Then one night, I had a dream.

In the dream, there were many dragons, and they were fighting against each other, the boundaries between the sides marked by a wide river. My mission was to get these dragons to stop fighting each other. I don't know if I succeeded or not, because I don't remember the rest of the dream. But that dream was the spark I needed to start my own story.

My idea wasn't even like the dream in the beginning exactly, or even now. But I grabbed my notebook the next day and wrote it all  down, about a land where dragons were good, but considered evil by humans, and a girl who had to prevent a war between the two races. The story has changed much since then, but the original concept has remained the same. 



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