Month: April 2014

Be HAPPY with what you write

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Where I’m at Wednesday April 30, 2014

This book is really testing my patience. I didn’t realize how much pressure there would be by starting a book series. I know pinnacle features of the entire story; however, it’s taking more time to concoct the “fillers”—in between, such as dialogue, traveling, history, and research. It will need a lot of work, but that won’t be until AFTER I’m done. For now, I must concentrate on finishing the book, and then I’ll go back to work on cleaning it up.
The good news is that I finished chapter 21. Yay!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be HAPPY with what you write.

 

Over several years, I have completed three books, and am working on the fourth. Whenever I sit down to write, my mind escapes reality and watches a movie in my head. Not literary but that’s the best way to describe how I write. Eventually, I go back to reread what was written. If I enjoy the flow and intricate details of the story, then I will expand on the narrative. However, if the writing seems blasé or I do not like the direction the story is going. . . DELETE! It has happened on several occasions that I’ve erased entire sections because it was taking my characters in a different direction, or the storyline sucked.
You must enjoy your story. It isn’t about writing anything down and expecting everyone to like what you wrote. It must “WOW” you too.
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Kids write too!

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Where I’m at Wednesday April 23, 2014

This week, I intend to finish chapter 21. Recently I went back, and reread what I wrote. But before I did that, I thought to myself: “There’s no way this will make sense.”, “The story can’t be exciting.”. Then after reexamining my manuscript, I couldn’t believe it wasn’t as bad as I feared. Everyday I fight doubt and insecurities. I get so engrossed in each chapter that I lose sight of the whole picture. Usually I have a well thought-out idea where I want my characters to go, but when I sit down to write, the story takes on its own personality. I forget the monster I’ve created. Going back reassured me that I’m still on-track and sane.

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Kids write too!

 

Kids have profound imaginations and can create amazing stories.

 

Some children express themselves through whatever means their talent compels them to. No one is too young to write stories, poetry or books. In the fourth grade, I wrote a little storybook. A few years later, my abilities developed into short stories, then into writing novels.

 

J.R.R Tolkien, in his early teens, created his own language, which he later applied to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series. It would be known as the Elfin Language.
At the age of 15, Christopher Paolini started writing Eragon. It was published in 2002, topping charts and winning numerous awards.

 

Kids amaze me with their wondrous, and [sometimes] humorous creativity. As a parent, I encouraged my kids’ inventiveness.

 

Writing may be the only means of expression for certain children.

 

If you are a parent— acknowledge an individual’s talents and nurture them; they could be the next bestselling authors.
If you are a child writer-  KEEP GOING! I applaud your courage.

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Resources:

25 Ways to Get Kids Writing

Creative Writing – Kids on the Net

PBS Kids Writers Contest

 

Delicious Villains

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Where I’m at Wednesday April 16, 2014

With getting back into the swing of things, I haven’t attributed much on The Omphalos. Yes. . . I feel incredibly guilty, but rest-assured I will write!
Changing the subject, we’re gonna talk about ANTAGONISTS.

 

Misery

 

Delicious Villains

 

In books and movies, we fall in love with the main character(s); however, we cannot deny a well-written bad guy either. Let’s face it. . . villains add spice to the story!

 

First, the “obvious evil” like Freddy Krueger, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, and Lord Voldemort are prime examples of apparent malevolence. Several villains are SO bad that the audience demands immediate justice, for instance, Hans Gruber in Die Hard, Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and The Governor in The Walking Dead. Then there’s the nice guy turned bad- Jack Torrance in The Shinning, and Annie Wilkes in Misery. In The Silence of the Lambs, Dr. Hannibal Lector is a character wavering between wisdom and insanity. Certain villains we can sympathize with and even cheer for, The Joker in The Dark Night, and Loki in Thor.

 

So how do you write wicked characters?

 

It’s easy! Just embrace your bad side. C’mon, we’ve all got one. . . don’t deny it.

 

I usually run down a list of good villains in my head—extracting their “not-so-nice” qualities. One specific sinister trait I enjoy is an intelligent character that teeters on trustworthiness. Another attribute is the unsuspecting or unlikely evil.

 

Your villain, however, doesn’t always have to be a person. Objects can be most useful. Even items—normally not scary, can become frightful if given the right antidote of suspense and evil attributes.

 

As a writing prompt, answer questions about your villain(s).

 

          -First, identify the enemy.

 

          -If you were the main character, what’s so scary about the bad guy?

 

          -What sinister qualities does your antagonist have?

 

         -All characters have a weakness, what’s your villain’s “Achilles Heal”?

 

          -Does he/she act alone or do they have a group?

 

          -If the villain isn’t a person, what abilities does the object(s) exhibit?

 

 

In the beginning, I wouldn’t resolve the conflict between your main character(s) vs. the bad guy. For now, focus on developing the evil personality—demonstrate several situations that make them “bad”.

 

Good Luck!
Take care my friends 🙂

EASTER WEEK SPECIAL

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FanFiction

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Where I’m at Wednesday April 9, 2014

So far this week, I’ve been too busy going through the editor’s notes and fixing suggested problems. I have not written anything on The Omphalos of Delphi. Just because your book goes to the editor, it doesn’t mean your work is finished. Although I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, I still have a long way before the book is completed. My first eye-opening experience was with The Sphere’s completion. Writing the book was the easy part, it’s the rewrites, editing, and assembling the manuscript for the publisher is what’s takes so long. By the time you get the finished product, you’re releaved it’s over! I’m getting there.
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fanfiction

 

 

Several people, revealing their ideas about books or stories, have approached me. Their concepts usually based on movies or books, but in a twist of their own opinion, have taken a plot—maintaining the backbone of the story—changing names, characters, or places, but kept the story line similar.
Fanfiction is HUGE right now. Many popular fanfiction books are flying off bookstore shelves at record amounts. One of the most popular is: Fifty Shades of Grey by: E L James. James openly admitted she gained the concept from the Twilight series. A twisted, more adult themed story than the Edward & Bella vampire tale, beating out J K Rowling’s UK Amazon sales in 2012.
Another huge selling fanfiction book is The Mortal Instruments series by: Cassandra Clare. The books are based on Harry Potter, and many of the characters share similar attributes.
Even though fanfiction is gaining in popularity, not all well-known authors embrace their ideas being borrowed. Ann Rice has a strict label on her characters—mostly from Interview with a Vampire and its sequels The Vampire Chronicles. Some authors, however, say they are flattered by it.
Personally, I think if you add a unique twist and/or flavorful characters to the spine of a major bestseller—I wish you the best of luck. Although, if you do not have a creative bone in your body, but to steal someone else’s ideas without adding your own flare, then you need to find another hobby because fanfiction should not resemble plagiarism.
Take care my friends.

Choosing a subject to write about

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Where I’m at Wednesday April 2, 2014

Over the last two weeks, I traveled from Phoenix to Albuquerque. Even though I enjoyed visiting  with family and seeing different areas away from my normal circumference, I’m glad to be home. Now, I must focus on finishing The Omphalos of Delphi.
Currently, I am almost done with chapter 21. I like the turns of events, but I’m anxious for the story to progress near the climax. The action gets my blood flowing! Still, there is a lot to accomplish and conflict to write. The Omphalos has three seperate, building stories; however, they won’t come together until the third book.
Some days, I absolutely love writing, but then again on other days, it makes me feel like I’m at a job.

Books

 

Choosing a subject to write about.

 

I am not the kind of writer who sticks to the same subject matter. As it appears, I randomly conceive ideas that I have no formal education on the topic. Then I exhaust myself with countless days of research. But, the cool thing is—I learn alongside the reader(s).

 

PICK:

 

1. Subject matter you’re knowledgeable on

. . .or at least you have some idea about it (unlike me…geesh!).

 

2. Themes you’re passionate about

 

3. Issues and characters your audience will love

 

 

Happy writing! 🙂
Take care my friends.