Monthly Archives: April 2018

Character Development

This week, I will teach you the basics of character development. In my books, character development should be your second stage in writing. This stage includes naming your character, character’s outer/inner appearance, etc.

*I would write on a separate piece of paper for each of your characters. Then when you are finally writing, you can stretch your description through the story. So your reader is not overwhelmed with too many descriptions*

To begin, I believe that the hardest thing to do for a writer is naming a character.

1) Know your genre

2) Search girl/boy name on Nameberry.com, BabyCenter.com, or Pinterest.

a) To make it easier find out the purpose of that character. Then find a perfect meaning for his/her purpose. Genius!

The next step is to write a character description.  One easy way to write description is to observe and people watch.  Observe the little details. If the person has tattoos, what might cause them to get it?   Describe in your head, what behaviors they are currently using. Can you guess their behavior just by looking at their face? Does this person have facial hair, do they look with it or without? What color are their eyes? Is this person tall, short, dwarf, giant?  What style of clothing are they wearing?

1)If need be, research clothing styles, behavior traits, and anything that would be helpful.

2) Start naming flaws you want your characters you have, and how that flaw will be a conflict in the story. By the end of the story, how has he/she changed? Did she overcome her flaws to get to her/his goal? Or did he/she fail?

3)How will your character act in situations? Will he/she be scared, brave, lazy, careless, emotionally? How does he react to the love, law, threats, fails, victory?

Each character should have a backstory. Why are you using this particular character? How can this character help your story? Is this character even useful at all or this an add-on character? If the character is some random person, there is no purpose for that character?

What topic should I write next? Comment down below.

 

 

Worldbuilding

Sudden you have an idea for a story but you are clueless what do. Honey, let me help you.

First of all, find out what genre you are going to write. Fanasty, Dystopian, Romance, etc. This should be your foundation of worldbuilding. Here is the best definition of popular genres:

Fanasty: mythical creatures, a world based on realistic places, events, or people aka Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings

Dystopian: a society of poverty, oppression, or rebellion against the government aka Hunger Games or Divergent

Romance: The journey of two people fall in love

Science Fiction: an imaginable world with high tech and science, time travel aka The Giver and Doctor Who

Mystery: the process of a crime or question being solved

Thriller: high suspense story where is the story is continuously moving without the ruin of the ending

Horror: a story capacity that causes terror or fear. aka Dracula or Frankenstein

So now you have made a decision on what genre. We need to form a short synopsis. It doesn’t have to be long just that you have an understanding where your story stands.

The first two steps are done now what. So how much do you like lists? Because that is the last step. I decided to create a list so that this post will take thousands of years to read.  I don’t use all of this when I world building but it helps if you hit a curb while writing.

Download here: Wordbuilding101

Next week, I will be doing character development. Enjoy!

Did you like what you read? Comment down what other writing advice I should do?

 

 

Bookish/ Writing Q & A

1) Are there any books which have inspired the style or plot of your books?

C.S. Lewis Narnia series, Sir Gawain and The Green Knight by J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Giver by Lois Lowry, The Odessey by Homer, etc.

2) What is your least favorite and/or favorite trope in books (ex. damsel in distress)? And why? The perfect female character. I hate books with that. Seriously, people, we need to write realistic characters, not perfect. A character with flaws or insecurities. The chosen one. Yes, I have written about it. Let’s be fair, we may all have written about it but over time it gets boring.
3) Do you come up with the characters for your story first or the plot? Or both? I usually come up with the plot and the characters will follow. Usually, I have the whole story landed out in my mind. From the beginning to the end.

4) Pick a favorite character from a book you have read and a favorite character from a story you have written. If both of those characters were to face off in an epic duel, who would win and why?
Why?????? Favorite character from a book. Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter.Harry potter 30 day challenge- day 7: Favorite female character- Luna Lovegood.  It was hard choosing between her and Ginny, but lets just talk about how awesome Luna is for a second! She's a really loyal freind, she has more bold honesty than any other character in the series, and she was never afraid to be herself! ( plus her hair is SOOOOO pretty) :D

Favorite Character from one of my stories: Daisy from A Prisoner of Scales.

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Reasons why I chose them because they are intelligent, they both have magic but in different ways. Luna uses a wand, she is a witch. Daisy is a druid with magical powers and she is twelve years old. They are weird and intelligent.

Honestly, a battle between each other would be really close. It would be hard to see who win. Daisy could since she may have powers even I don’t know about. Luna could because she is awesome when I reading the Harry Potter books. A tie maybe? But to save my character’s ego, I would say Daisy.

5) What is your favorite book/book series?”

My favorite book would be always The Odyssey by Homer. Don’t get me wrong. I could choose any modern book but this classic stole my heart. Favorite book series would be Lord of the Rings come on people. You should know that by now.

And there you have it. Enjoy! We will do another Q&A when I get to 100th blog post.

Thanks for reading!

 

Rebel of the Sands Book Review

I finally finished it. I am so excited to share it with you all. I found this book while watching videos from the Booktube community. I am so happy I found it. This book is probably my second favorite book this year so far. 🙂

Let’s begin:

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Title: Rebel of the Sands

Summary: Amani, a girl with a gun and a plan begins to find a way to escape Dustwalk a back country town. She knows she must escape or she will be forced to get married. Meeting Jin in a shooting contest changes her life forever. Thrown into a world of rebellion and magic. Amani will never look at life in the desert the same again.

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Magic

Author: Alwyn Hamilton

Alwyn Hamilton

Author bio: Awyln Hamilton was born in Toronto and spent her childhood bouncing between Europe and Canada until her parents settled in France. She grew up in a small town there, which might have compelled her to burst randomly into the opening song from Beauty and the Beast were it not for her total tone deafness.  She instead attempted to read and write her way to new places and developed a weakness for fantasy and cross-dressing heroines. She left France and went to Cambridge University to the history of art at King’s College, and then to London, where she became indentured to an auction house. She has a bad habit of acquiring more hardcovers than is smart for someone who moves house quite so often.

Language: Mentioning of cursing, only one real incident of cursing

Romance: There is only one scene of kissing but the reason why is so funny. XD I laughed out, it was hilarious.

The book itself takes place in the middle east aka desert. I love the world building in this book. I wished this story would never end. Just throw me in that fictional world, please.

I noticed that I am good at finding out the plot twist before it happens. Which I managed to do in this book. It felt too easy. I am just saying.

I would rate this book a 4.9. Mainly because I felt “the plot twist” came a bit too late in the story. Giving the effect that it had no purpose in this story. Maybe should have waited until the next book.

 

 

 

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Title: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Author: Jacqueline Kelly

Author Bio: Jacqueline Kelly was born in New Zealand and raised in Canada. She is a practicing physician and now makes her home in Austin and Fentress, Texas. This is her first novel.  (Amazon bio of her, not mine)

Author Website:http://www.jacquelinekelly.com/

Genre: Historial, Y/A, Children’s, Middle Grade, Fiction

Quotes:

“She needs to spend less time with your father and more time with me and Viola. I’ve already told her I’m going to supervise her cookery and her stitchery. We’ll have to have lessons. A new dish every week, I think.”   “Will we have to eat it?,” said Father. “Heh. Heh(220).” – Heh, heh. It’s probably one of the strangest things: I have seen so far. Could you have said giggled or something? It’s just really odd.

“And stop stamping about like that,” Mother called. “You’re not carrying the weight of the world, you know.”

Overall Opinion:

After finishing reading it, I noticed nowadays most girls (not all girls) can’t actually cook. I am probably going off topic. But still. Calpurnia was a tomboy who preferred science instead of the science of housewifery.  The strangest thing is that her mother tells her to learn to cook but throughout the story, there is no mention of her mother actually making a meal.  So, hmm. What is with that?

To finish this review, there are several incidents where cursing occurs.  I would rate this book a 3.9 mainly because it was slow but interesting read. 🙂

Thanks for reading! 🙂

 

 

 

April Goals

We are now a quarter of the year done.

I have read thirty-two books out of my hundred goal.

I have done two out of fifteen of my New Year’s Resolution.

This year has gone fast. Spring is here.

For the month of April, I am planning on doing Camp NaNoWriMo. Here is my profile.

Hopefully, I will get at least 5,000 words done.

Camp NaNoWriMo is a virtual writer’s retreat, designed for maximum flexibility and creativity. There are  “camp” sessions in both April and July. For each month, writers are willing to tackle any writing projects and try to get a certain amount of words done in a month. Word count can be as small as 30 to 1,000,000 words.

My reading goal, this month is around eight books.  I would do more but this month is a crazy month.

I am also doing a sugar and gluten free diet as well.

Any plans for this month?

Thanks for reading!