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 […]
January 29, 2018

World Building 1

Let’s start at the beginning, with world building. Now, for those that just read, it might get a little tedious but for those that love to write, come along on a journey. When writing, we need to know just a few things; Plot, Person, and Place. World building falls under the place. The type of story you write will be heavily influenced by the setting you place it in. However, the setting doesn’t limit the story you tell. For instance, Star Wars and Star Treck, both take place in space but one is fantasy and the other is science fiction. Remember, you can tell any story you want in any setting you want. Choosing a place where you set your story is the foundation of your story. A setting in space will have different needs to consider when writing than on a planet. […]
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 […]