Recently, while driving, I got to thinking about perspectives within stories.
(I do a lot of thinking while I drive…I do a lot of swearing to myself at the idiots on the road too…yup, I’m one of those drivers).
Now by ‘perspective’ I mean in reference to the narrator’s voice. As in the perspective of the narrator. If you are writing a book in 3rd person your narrator will probably change (unless you’re writing 3rd person limited).
This week’s guest poster is the wonderful M S Harris who discusses writing manuscripts in a language that is not your native one.
How To Write In A Foreign Language
by M.S. Harris
I have been writing for a long time and I’ve been making stories in my head for as long as I can remember.
Not only do I write and I make stories, but I write them in English. English is not my first language, Greek is and through a lot of thinking I decided that writing in English is the better choice for me.
Originally this term meant “God from the Machine” and was in reference to when a “god” character in a play was lowered on stage via a cable device. The god was often brought in as a divine intervention for a situation that was unfixable.
The term has changed now and is used as a negative connotation to explain a sudden illogical plot twist used to completely alter a situation. Sadly this sort of thing happens in fiction whereby someone or something is introduced into the plotline just to create a contrived solution to an unsolvable issue / conflict.
So, I’m seeing a lot of negativity from some writers on the net.
Since creative people are tangled in a vast swathe of emotions and sensations, negativity is certainly part of that tapestry and it has it’s place.
But too much and everything becomes dull. Now the negativity I’m speaking of isn’t even the expected kind – you know that self-hating, self-doubting type we writers sometimes find following us around like a bad smell.
Following on from my recent article Avoiding Female Stereotypes, we obviously need to discuss some of the male stereotypes.
Yup, these stereotypes creep into books and movies all too often and so I feel it’s my duty to point them out (mainly because they annoy me and well, that’s a good enough reason for me to write this article) 🙂
This week’s guest post is the wonderful Suzanne Rogerson, author of Visions of Zarua, sharing her tips for self publishing 🙂
15 Tips for Self-Publishing (the second time around) by Suzanne Rogerson
First some back ground on me;
When I self-published my first fantasy novel Visions of Zarua in 2015 I was a complete novice. The ebook was published in November, and then after a hasty change of heart, I published the paperback in December.
It was an intense time but I was lucky to have the support of my editor, Alison Williams, to answer my many questions and the rest I researched on the internet.
I’ve been writing for a long time and looking back I can see how my skills have developed.
I used to wish to be published at the age of 18. However now I am really REALLY glad I didn’t attempt it, I was not ready and I have seen a strengthening to my writing that has grown over the years.
Now I consider myself a much stronger writer* (ahhh got to love my not-so-inner egotist) and one thing I noticed as my skills improved was how I started to react to books and movies.
On we go with another mid-week guest post!
by Matthew J Mimnaugh
Greetings Eternal Scribblers,
My name is Matthew J. Mimnaugh and this is a guest post. Today I’m going to be talking about pre-writing, or the various approaches and tools a writer can implement as a precursor to putting words on the page with the intent of sharing with an audience—it’s an important distinction, trust me. This isn’t a list and I don’t cover everything—not by a long shot. Instead, much like my own blog, it’s a smattering of ideas with a general takeaway. So, without further ado, let us begin:
So I felt it was high time I did another post about dialogue.
You may have read my more comprehensive article on dialogue – How To Write Dialogue (part 1). If not, I do suggestion you check it out because it’s got lots of tips and suggestions.
This article will be shorter, just covering a few extra points. 🙂
I have been asked what the “best time of day” to write is. Now I did find this question strange, because like many things, this is writer specific. There does seem to be the popular concept that all writers are night owls who fervently write during the wee hours.
Well I can say that we don’t all write at night. Some writers are complete Night Owls and get their best mojo going in those wee hours, however some don’t. So don’t think you have to stay up late to be a writer.
Remember all writers are different. Some write in the evening, some the morning, some during the day, others at random times. Not to mention it changes!