writingtips

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 […]
October 14, 2017

Putting it all together

Hi guys this is the last in the series of senses, thanks to my mother for this ideas. If you have any ideas for blog posts drop me a comment and I will see if I can squeeze it in. Today I want to look at the challenge of putting all the senses together, to create a complete scene. First thing we need to establish is that not all people experience all senses at once, people with Autism do but they are gifted like that. Nearly everyone experiences there senses in distinctly and normally tune out some senses when going about their daily lives. It takes extreme training to soak in all the senses at once and have your brain register them all at once. So its ok to write in the same manner. So unless you want to highlight something special then […]
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 […]