Big Words

Where I’m at Wednesday June 11, 2014

I have been so busy this week! You wouldn’t believe half the stuff that I’ve researched. Poland is an amazing country–rich with culture, architecture, and history. I am in love.
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Wawel Hill Krakow, Poland

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Warsaw University Library (Warsaw, Poland)

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Bear Cave Kletno, Poland

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Bear Cave Kletno, Poland

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Dragon’s Den Krakow, Poland

 

 

I am also glad to report that the end to The Omphalos of Delphi is within my grasp. I still have a ways to go, but most of the main issues have been resolved. I’ll admit that alternating between the three separate stories got too cumbersome. Now, I’m focusing on each one individually without interference. After they are finished,  I will then interweave them together. This process has helped immensely.
Currently, I am writing chapters 24, 25, and 27, but things are moving faster even with the amount of research I did.

 

 

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Big words may sound nice, but don’t get so carried away that you lose people’s interest. Years ago, I knew someone who felt big words would reflect on their education. To them, being known as an intellectual was more important than getting a point across. I try to lean in the opposite direction.
Educating the reader gently is more effective than to make them stop reading just to focus on a specific word. Your story should have a sound backbone, and not waste the reader’s time with arrogant fluff.

 

 

 

 

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Balancing too many ideas at once

Where I’m at Wednesday May 21, 2014

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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.

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Balancing too many ideas at once

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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. 🙂
Have questions or ideas you’d like to share? Feel free to contact me via email: hsquires9597@yahoo.com

Writing Non-Fiction

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.

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Writing nonfiction

 

 

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.

 

Check out my blog archives on publishing:
https://hsquiresnovels.com/2013/11/19/where-im-supposedly-at-wednesday/
https://hsquiresnovels.com/2013/11/27/where-im-at-wednesday-2/

 

Be HAPPY with what you write

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.

Kids write too!

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

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 🙂

FanFiction

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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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.