This is Patrick G. Laplante, an ex-engineer turned writer. It’s my honor and pleasure to be writing in a budding new genre: Cultivation Fantasy. As an avid reader, it’s nice to finally put my spin on tales filled with martial arts, Daoist magics, and a cultivator’s journey to achieve mortality.

Progression fantasy is traditionally an Asian genre, so my writing is rich with Asian cultural elements and mythology. Though I come from a technical background, I like to emphasize emotions and personal development. Life is a journey, and by reading, we get to walk much farther than we otherwise could. I hope you feel the same way.

Life is full of coincidences. I started writing when I began learning Chinese, a completely different language than my own two original languages, English and French. While studying the characters for the five elements, I had an idea that I could get out of my head. I went with it, and the product so far is eight books and many more to come.
Writing is, surprisingly, less about knowing obscure literature and important technical skills, and more about taking what you know and writing it down in creative and imaginative ways. Technical skill matters, yes, but less so than sheer practice and a feel for the flow of writing. Much of that comes from reading books, which I’ve done much of all my life. The rest comes from writing. When writing, everything you’ve ever done becomes a tool you can use.
Xianxia is a Chinese fantasy genre that blends martial arts, cultivation, Buddhism, and Daoism. It goes beyond supernatural martial arts and touches on mythical beings and immortals. Cultivation Fantasy is simply the western continuation of a long tradition. I started writing Xianxia because I love reading it, whether translated or in original English. Many more are now doing the same.
When talking about morality, it’s difficult not to come off as preachy, though I do my best not to be. I like to introduce readers to ideas by taking them through the thought processes and challenges of a point of view character. Experience is the best teacher, so it follows that instruction is the worst way to make people think about true and false, right and wrong. You can’t teach morality, but everyone learns a little with every life they live through every book they read.
Everyone has their own virtue and means of living. For someone it’s startups, or growing flowers, or making money on anything you can play on your mobile device. For me, it’s writing.

I have 27 books planned, in three arcs of nine. Each arc is relatively separate, with only the series’ overarching plot carrying through. New characters are introduced in each arch, along with new settings and situations.
If you want to write, the best thing you can do is put it down on paper (or word processor). Don’t agonize over specifics, and don’t constantly rewrite things until you at least have a sizeable amount down on paper. Writing is a work of art and overthinking it will stifle the creative process. First write what you want, then go over it and correct what you think is wrong.

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