As mentioned yesterday, you get a bonus post this week. Another post from Wilmar Luna who shares his answers to some interview questions 🙂 If you missed yesterday’s post from Wilmar, you can find it here
Q01 – When did you decide you wanted to become a writer?
I first began writing stories featuring my friends and I at the age of 12. Since I was a video game addict, I often imagined my online amigos as thieves, detectives, elite Special Forces commandos, and anything else that would require a team. I was often the main protagonist and had a tendency to write myself as the guy who got to be with his high school crush. Sounds kind of pathetic now that I think about it. (No, the high school crush was not meant to be. Dodged a bullet with that one.)
I know I said on Facebook that I would be coming back to my World Building Series, I will I promise, just not today.
Yesterday I spend the afternoon/evening advising my sister-(not yet)in-law on how to write a business plan and brainstorming her business idea. (That was the reason I’m late to blog – sorry people!)
As I was doing it this post came to me.
Business Plans are a structured description of your idea, how you will manage it, how you will finance the idea, how you see it growing and expanding, the risks involved, how to minimise those risks etc etc.
In this era of self publishing I have found that many (not all) of the self published books I’ve read haven’t really felt like completed, polished works. I am left asking questions throughout the entire book.
It is like so many writers are in such a hurry to get published that they haven’t actually taken the time to really work through their manuscript at the deepest level.
What I’m finding is books with great potential that just fall too early. Books that if the writer had just taken more time, had just asked some questions, maybe they would have been something a little better.
Wait a minute, is this a post on a Tuesday? Yes it is! The reason is that I wanted all my older tutorials that had originally been on my dA page to be listed here. This is the last so now it’s up I can go on submitting new tutorials.
Don’t worry, there will still be a new post this Friday. For those who haven’t read this before, consider it a bonus post 🙂
So, what is a Mary Sue?
It is used as a form of criticism in literature and refers to an idealised and somewhat “perfect” character. One that appears to have no flaws or if they do they are so limited that all the “perfect” characteristics overwhelm them, making the character “flat.”
What’s in a name?
One question I get asked a lot is “how do you come up with names for your characters?”. I always find this odd, to me this questions is on the same branch as “Where do you get your ideas.” In the end I am not living alone in a box, sealed off from the world – I am surrounded by such things.
Names are everywhere. People have them, animals have them, so do rivers, streets and even hurricanes. We are inundated with names so picking names for characters really isn’t that hard.
Following on from my Fight Scene Tutorial, I present my Battles and Wars…
When you are writing a war or battle first make sure you plan where it’s going to take place. Land can be tricky, and it changes during a battle.
Image two giant armies amassing on a huge field. Infantry and cavalry alike, all decked in battle gear and heavy armour.
The pound of thousands of feet, men and horses alike. How do you think the ground will look? Grass torn and flattened, turned to mud especially if the weather turns and it begins to rain or sleet. Are there hills or mountains? Has one army taken a higher ground, dug a moat or added spikes of wood to protect their area?
If you missed part 1 check out here Writing Sex Scenes (part 1)
First know your characters, second know your location.
Words – If you are writing a gritty crime novel in modern-day, words like “fuck”, “tits”, “blowjob” might seem appropriate. However if you are writing a fantasy-type novel set in ancient Egypt they aren’t. Think about your words carefully.
How to write dialogue
Dialogue is the speech between characters. It is when the narrator (you) stops telling the story and the characters speak instead.
Here’s some pointers regarding dialogue writing:
Never write dialogue like real-life speech. Why? Because if you listen to real-life speech it is littered with umms and ahhs and errs. Anyone who has ever sat through a meeting or an assembly listening to someone droning on umming and ahhing will know just how frustrating it is. The last thing you want is to inflict that on your reader.
This blog post was suggested by YokoNakajima from deviantART. Big thanks for suggesting 🙂
Having a different language in your story can be tricky, after all languages are not so easily created. Let’s take English as an example (since I’m English). This language has changed many times over the centuries.
We had a Celtic language that had a nice mix of Latin from when the Roman’s invaded. Then when people came over from Germany/Denmark they brought with them their Germanic language that got nicely thrown in as well.
Follow that up with a little Saxon invasion, then a Norman invasion. The Normans’ language was very similar to French, which is the reason we still have certain French words in our language today such as bureau and etiquette to name a few. So, many of our words have French origins.
Mini trivia: The word Dandelion is a good example. It comes from Dent de Lion meaning Lion’s tooth in French due to the jagged leaves.
We have language of Shakespeare, the Queen’s English, not to mention the different dialects all over this small island that mean one word in one area means something very different in another area!
So right away you can see how messy languages can be when developing.
While the idea of just paper and pen may have been the tools needed back in the day for writers, most of us have more requirements now.
So here is my list of writer tools that I find useful. We are all different and so you might not need all of these, but I think at least some of these are good for every writer to have 🙂
Think about what you need in your writer’s toolkit.