February 3, 2018

World Building 2

Hi guys, lets continue looking at world building. If your story has a large group of people living and working in an small area, commonly referred to as a community. A form of governance will need to be considered, especially if the main characters are going to live and work in that setting. For most stories the assumption that there is an authority is enough for the story to progress. However there might be a case when your character either is, becomes, or contends with the authority established in your book. The type of authority that is present in your setting needs to be at the very least considered so that you at least know what sort of response is reasonable for the authority. There are two extreme poles of response the oppressive and the enlightened. The oppressive will come down hard on […]
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 7, 2017

Emotion, it’s how we feel.

Hi guys, I left this one to the end because it was the most difficult to grasp even for me. Emotions: everyone has them and the sensations that come with them are as complex as their own book. Lets jump right in and talk about the most common saying that centres on emotions, ‘Show don’t tell’. Show don’t tell basically means that the readers want to experience the emotions and events of the book without being told want is going on. ‘Sandy was angry at Bob.’ This example is a great sentence in that it has all the components that make a sentence however when dealing with a story it is pretty lack lustre, because we are simply just told that Sandy is angry at Bob instead of showing us that Sandy was angry at Bob. To achieve this we can describe how […]
September 30, 2017

Touch, the forgotten sense.

Guys, What does it feel like? We have all seen or heard of the mystery box where you stick your hand into a box and feel something, and based upon that feeling, alone, you have to work out what it is. We as writers so often miss this vital sense when it comes to our world development. I know I have done it plenty. If you haven’t good for you, we should all take lessons form you. We need to be aware of this vital sense. I call it vital because of how important it is, a whole range of emotions can be transmitted by a single touch, everything from love to violence. Let me give you an example of sense of touch done normally in a story. ‘The cool breeze sent a chill up his spine.’ This sentence is good because we […]