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I am currently working on a piece of writing - romance - and am using Greek mythology heavily in my work. However, the more I research, the more I realize a lot of my ideas do not fit in with the mythology. How far can I stretch ancient myths to fit my work? How historically accurate should I be? For example, parentage of particular nymphs, the timeline, etc.

Thank you so much for your help

Hi, Zoe!

Stretch them as far as you like! Just make your *characters* aware of the current myth---then have them tell the reader (probably through dialogue with other characters) why the myths are WRONG and the version in your book is RIGHT. Readers love that sort of stuff. Just make it logical and don't jump around between pantheons (like, don't call one character Jupiter---a Roman name, and another Aphrodite---a Greek name.) You'll be fine and the more you play around with the mythology, the better people will like it. :)

Good luck!


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