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 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 […]