Open Your Horizons

Greetings, owlnerds! It’s the first blog post of 2019. This year will be a crazy year. I plan on finishing my rewrites by the end of March. So I take the next big step toward publishing. More info for that will come soon. For today’s post, I am telling myself and all that we should expand our research, our ideas, and development of worlds. Enjoy!!

As I walk around a bookstore staring at books besides the classics. I see heavy duty romance, stories of assassins, and the chosen one. Popular books and over-hyped books. As writers, we should expand our ideas above the horizon. We usually get our ideas from other popular books.

As a fantasy writer, myself. I enjoying my setting be based in the medieval times, of course. I chose this setting because I am inspired by Tolkien. I decided to expand my imagination by modernizing it. Still medieval themes with several adjustments.

We should start looking back at the basics. We could do some retelling with biblical characters, fairy tales, mythology, etc. We should take events in history and create our own worlds. We should use politics as a means of ideas. We need to observe people more. We should watch the behavior of how people react to certain things. We should listen to how people talk. We should notice more carefully how the world around us works. We should notice how each season changes to the next. We should notice how certain people dress. We should study other people’s cultures. We should notice the different landscape other countries have.

The main reason for this blog post is to stop looking at the screen for an answer and observe the world a little more each day. See ya soon.

Houk’s Society Episode 2

Welcome back to Episode 2 of Houk’s Society.

I was just a girl who was stolen from my native land. A girl who was too clueless about the outside world. A girl who was hidden from the lust of men’s eyes. A girl who worshipped Him who created me. A girl who was taken from her parents. A girl who will never see peace ever again. Hi, my name is Emma and this is my story.

My name is Emma and I am the main protagonist of Heart of Stone. I was taken away by a barbaric lord named Matthew. He and his crew arrived in my land to find treasures but instead, they found me a girl who was only seeking out water to my papa and mother. His eyes had already sealed my fate when I first saw him. Bargaining my family with a lifetime of food and money just so he could have me. I wanted to help my parents since we were poor. My father agreed and we were married the night before I left. I never saw my parents again.

For years I lived with Matthew, obeying his every command as a wife should. But slowly I realized why he took me. I was a treasure itself. I was born with platinum blonde hair. I guess in his country I was rare. I became their new object to look at. I was not noticed as a normal person. Just the beautiful wife of Matthew. I had strict restrictions and I was barely seen in court.

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Title: Heart of Stone

Genre: Fantasy/Romance

Synopsis:

A stolen girl from her native land, Emma barely survives living with her ruthless husband and lord, Matthew. Marrying him only to save her parents’ lives. Emma wishes to break the bond she wished she never committed to. Used as almost like a slave, her beauty is used to seal treaties and destroy kingdoms. Matthew too concerned for more power doesn’t realize his wife is planning an escape. An escape of freedom but the only problem is will she leave the only she truly loves? Her child. Or will risk losing him for her own freedom?

 

Thanks for reading! Episode 3 coming soon.

 

 

Houk’s Society Episode 1

Welcome to the first ever episode of Houk’s society. Houk’s society is a club for all characters written by myself. Each week I plan on allowing the main character of one of my stories to make an appearance on my blog. They will discuss their backstory without sharing any spoilers. There will be least twenty episodes including some that other characters will interact with each other.

This week to start everything off, met Joyce. The main character of one of my oldest stories. Joyce has bright red hair, green eyes, and freckles. Joyce was just a girl who lived with her parents in the middle of the countryside. Too impatient was she when she wanted to know what she was designed to do in her life. She didn’t want to wait and discover what the Lord wanted her to do. Instead, she disappeared. Dropping out of high school at sixteen, she followed only a phone call to Europe where she met Joseph. Joseph offered a job to be a secretary for his father, Abisha. Little did she know her world would change forever.

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This is me, Joyce. I wished I never left home. If I could, I would tell all the emotions I have but that would be spoilers and we wouldn’t want that. The only thing I can tell you is that I live alone with my cat, Sirius. Yes, he is named after Sirius Black from Harry Potter.

If you ever met me, you would never considered being a trustworthy. At least I am fictional which is always a good thing.

Check out my story: Here

Title: Indian Gathering

Genre: Action

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Hope you enjoyed the first episode. If you have questions for me, Joyce. Comment down below. I would love to chat.

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.