November 27, 2017

Proper Nouns

Hi guys. It’s amazing how much can be implied with a single word. I am reading an old series by Robert Jordan who did The Wheel of Time. In the fourth book, I happened upon an offhand thought that one of the characters made about another character. The character actually commented on the other’s makeup. She thought “she is even wearing rouge,” now normally a comment like this wouldn’t be too bad, however when you are building a world of your own the smallest details can become great problems.  Having rouge in the story itself is not a problem. The problem is the word. The word is French, the only reason why it’s in English is because of the uniqueness of the English Language. In 1066 William the Conqueror defeated Ethelred in the battle of Hastings, but William the First took the English throne, […]
November 11, 2017

Character depth

Hi guys! Ever come across a character in your reading and found that they only ever respond in a very predictable way? What you might have come across is a character that lacks depth. Characters are like people, they need to have depth for people to love them. Many people believe that to give their characters depth is to give them a huge backstory, which might work, but then you end up dumping the backstory so that the reader knows how much effort was invested into this great character. I have found even in characters that have a huge back story with complicated twists and turns, it is still possible to have a plat or two dimensional character. The reason for this is very simple: the character doesn’t respond to that complicated story in any meaningful way. For characters to stop being two […]
November 4, 2017

The importance of routine

Hi guys, Today, I want to share a little bit of my life and give some advice that I have learnt from that advice. As a writer, I am keenly aware that there is a muse or a mood to write in. I too find it hard to carve out the time to write when there are so many distractions all around. As a writer, you need to move away, especially if you want to be successful, from only writing when in the mood or when you have the time, to writing. I know it sounds trite but here are a few lessons I have learnt recently.  Writing is like a muscle if you don’t exercise it you loose it, or it becomes weak. Reading is essential to good writing Writing is like a muscle. I recently had an accident where my thumb […]
October 22, 2017

Eirnland – Kathryn Berryman

Kathryn Berryman’s Eirnland for me was a mixture of emotions. I will admit upfront that this book was not for me, as it is not my normal fair for reading. As Kathryn is a friend of mine I pushed through the book and I will now give you my honest opinion. Eirnland started off slow, it set up the two major characters in opposite directions and then proceeded to add more characters. For me this was a little frustrating as I either wanted the writer to go back to the character she had just set up and done a wonderful job of making me like them. Kathryn does a wonderful job of painting vivid locations that I could almost touch with her words, at times I wished she would get on with the fighting. I was rewarded or my faith with a battle […]