Month: May 2014
Where I’m at Wednesday May 28, 2014
In order to deviate from boredom, I am juggling three chapters at once. I have created different situations for my characters, but some things cannot wait until I get to them later. Since there are three different stories going on at the same time, it helps me to stay enthusiastic for the finish line. I am hoping to be done with the first draft by June or July. Then I will suffer the endless need to perfect before sending the manuscript to the editor.
Confession time! I am a procrastinator, so if I can finish a book you can too. Don’t think about the “ifs” “hows” or “buts”, just do what you are doing–write!
Take care my friends. 🙂
Narrative points of view
is told by a narrator or main character—through their eyes, using the possessive words “I, me, my, mine”. The effective feature, in regards to writing a first person narrative, is that the reader can better understand the characteristics and inner monologues of the main character. An audience develops a deeper bond with the protagonist’s emotions, physicality, and thoughts. Even though there are many advantages, first person has a disadvantage as well. The audience’s perspective becomes limited by your character’s point of view.
(rarest of narratives) refers to the readers as “you”. It’s mostly found in “choose your own adventure’” books that were popular in the 1980s & early 1990s.
(popular choice of narrative) gives the writer full freedom to show different angles of the story through several characters’ viewpoints—delves into each characteristic or emotion, and develops scenes around them. Even though I have written in first person, I prefer the freedom that third person allows.
There are other forms of narratives, but they mostly deal with alternating between first and third person.
The fun thing is choosing the narrative you prefer. As a prompt, I suggest cutting-out a magazine picture. It can be a man or woman. Then write two stories- one in first person narrative, and the other in third. Give it a try.
Where I’m at Wednesday May 21, 2014
I am nimbly, frantically, drudgingly working. Day by day, I add a little more to the story. Researching for the next location, I think Jaskinia Raj, Poland might be the next venue. I haven’t settled on it though; it’s in the raw stage of research. As for now, my characters are headed to London, and then on to Ireland. I’m hoping to wrap up the conflicts and climax soon. As things are coming to me, I think it’ll be a faster pace from here on out.
On a different note, I was delighted to finally share some of my research of Roman Emperors. Tracing the Omphalos down throughout history has been challenging, but very worth it. So far, I’ve researched a sphere to King Darius I in Babylon, but other connections have brought it to the Sumerians. Like I said, this book will be the death of me in research alone.
Balancing too many ideas at once
Have you ever been in the middle of one project, and then get a brilliant idea for another? I have done that on several occasions.
In the middle of writing my first novel, I got an idea for the second. The same thing happened again while writing the second novel. My best advice is not to give up on your current project to write the next, but take as many detailed notes as you can. Write an outline, draw a time line, or scribble down the facts in a notebook. That way, after you’ve finished one project, you’ll have the backbone for the next. If you drop your current task to start another, then most likely you will never finish. Sometimes our creativity can be overwhelming. An over abundance of ideas can produce stumbling blocks. Remain focused on the one you’re working on, and DON’T stop.
Take care my friends. 🙂
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Where I’m at Wednesday May 14, 2014
I am well into chapter 23, and trying to hurry along. I NEED to finish this book by August; that will give me enough time for edits and corrections before sending it off to the publisher.
J.D. Scott & I will launch our books together again this year. I am also happy to announce that Benjamin Phillips will be launching his first novel with us. Welcome Benjamin to “published author” status. Yay!!!
We decided that the launch will take place in October, but the date is still being negotiated–I don’t want to mention specifics until we know for sure.
-is a phenomenon whereby something new and valuable is created such as an idea, a joke, an artistic or literary work, a painting or musical composition, a solution, an invention etc.
Our creativity flows best from the world around us. Understanding places or people brings the story closer to life. You can use nature as a prime example. Have you ever stepped outside and your eyes become transfixed on the scenery? In my head, I try describing the panorama using words to illustrate the images. It helps my mind to absorb the magnificence.
Take clouds for example:
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Words like: wispy, breezy, scattered, thin, dotted, stretched. . .
Billowy, amazing, wondrous, dark, puffy, thunderous, mysterious. . .
Heavenly, happy, beautiful, glorious, peaceful, solemn. . .
Frightful, ominous, oppressive, dread, catastrophic, looming, terrifying, horrendous, grim. . .
A good friend and author asked me the other day if our creativity can end. I don’t think so. For as long as we dream dreams, and enjoy the splendor around us, our creativity will never cease. Artists, writers , and inventors have profound imaginations. Don’t listen to the negativity in your head to discourage your brilliance to craft ideas or images.
Take care my friends
Where I’m at Wednesday May 7, 2014
Currently, I’m working on chapter 22 in The Omphalos of Delphi. I love switching between the three individual stories. After I’m done writing it, I will need to make sure the chapters are in the right sequence. My editor will also tell me which sequences flow better. All in all, I am very pleased with the direction things are moving.
I am super excited to be done with imagining SNOW!!! I hate snow. . .now. Even though I live in Phoenix, I don’t get to see it often, but my head has been overloaded with vivid images of a white barren wasteland. As my characters move toward London, I will be refreshed with the greenery at last.
Most of my advice has been geared toward fiction writers, only because I am a fiction author. As an avid reader of history, people, and places, I rely on knowledgeable, nonfiction writers.
According to Wikipedia, nonfiction is a narrative, account, or other communicative work whose assertions and descriptions are believed by the author to be factual.
Nonfiction has a broad spectrum: biographies, textbooks, magazine or newspaper articles, historical events, self-help, user manuals (DIY), scientific essays or books, letters, memoirs. These are just some examples of nonfiction.
In understanding and writing nonfiction we must learn several styles. To break it down, there are 4 types of nonfiction writing, although some may apply to fiction writing as well.
- NARRATION – tells a story about a person, place or event either through writing, spoken words, or a series of moving pictures.
- EXPOSITION – an explanation of important background information to an audience about settings, or events prior to the main plot. Backstories can be conveyed through dialogue, flashbacks, character’s thoughts, or a narrator telling the back-story.
- ARGUMENTATION – a debate or negotiation using logical reasoning, which may or may not persuade the audience or opponent. Argumentation can include the civil debates of the arts and sciences through dialogue, conversation, and persuasion.
- DESCRIPTIVE – engages the senses to build a mental image of a story. Descriptive writing is applicable to both fiction and nonfiction.
Steps to follow in writing nonfiction:
- Decide on a topic – it would be easier to pick a subject that you are already an expert in, take an interest in, or have knowledge about.
- Choose a form – will it be a blog, an article for a magazine, or become a book?
- Research – if you aren’t writing an autobiography, then you’ll need to research your topic.
- Write an outline – record the areas that you’d like to cover, notate the facts, and list events. Sometimes drawing a timeline can be useful.
- Write – you have all your resources, notes, and facts. Now get busy and write!
- Revise – after you have written the first draft, then go back review, adjust, and edit.
I hope this information has helped. You may have a better understanding, but the work rests on your shoulders.
Good luck writing.
Take care, my friends.
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