Show Raw Emotion

Welcome back, owlnerds. Its been awhile. I recently read a story from Olivia J. Bennett and made me realize we should express raw emotion. Real emotion. We should dig through all the thoughts and put them on paper. To have realistic characters, we need to understand what the character is going through.

And times, we don’t share this emotion or thoughts because it isn’t vital to the plot itself. Maybe it is.

Ex.

The world was collapsing and she with it. Gripping her cheeks as she screamed. It can be happening. He can’t be dead. Flashes of red, white, and blue covered the scene as everything happened so fast. Her body shook as paramedics began to talk to her as they questioned what just happened. Seeing blurrier figures walk toward him. She rose as she screamed at them. “Get away from him.” Her eyes looked behind her as some of the paramedics grabbed her as they pulled her into the ambulance. No, don’t dare put me in there. He needs me. He will wake up and will wonder where I. She slammed on the doors of the ambulance as they shut the door. “No, you fools. He needs me.” Falling to her knees as she continuously mumbled to herself, “No. He can’t be dead. No. He can’t die. I need him. What am I going to do without him.” (FYI, I was going to write a war battle scene, but since they were going to brutally wound description. I gave you this emotional sad scene.)

Raw Emotion or Show not tell. I currently question whether or change my title. Just trying to show some originality or attempting to. What I stated before “we need to understand what the character is going through. ” I know people say you need the experience to write certain things. I usually imagine what if I was in that situation what would I do. Or if you can’t do that, ask someone. I am sure someone could tell what they would do or feel in that situation.

I know for a fact that showing and telling is difficult even I struggle with it. I think if we write one step at a time. I know you want to finish your draft as soon as possible well I was there too. If we take each scene slowly and feel like the character themselves we will have less editing to do.

That is all for today’s post. Let me know, what you would like to see next.

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.

What not to write/read

Greetings, fellow writers, and bookworms. I give you things that you shouldn’t write/read. These are opinions are mine and are based on my Christian faith.

 

Lets me start by pushing a very common trend in books today and like forever. The need to discuss inappropriate scenes. What is the matter with people today? Nobody should read scenes with so much unbecoming behavior. Especially if teens or younger are reading it. Umm, no.  Or if the chapters of the books feel it necessary to describe every little detail. I am pointing at you, popular young adult books.

Next up is the profanity in books everywhere. Recently I have been reading Christian fiction trying my best to avoid this. But in today’s books its hard not to find a book with no language in it. Why do people find it necessary to write, read, or say it? Just saying. The world would be a lot better if we zipped our mouths.

 

The belief that writing an abusing relationship is good somehow. Like why is that good? Hmm. Those books give off a negative side that influences the younger audience. Showcasing that an abusive relationship is good. And sure, its fictional but books influence people.

Then there are books’ themes that are either depression or suicidal thoughts and basing it off as a positive theme. I am pointing at movie producers/writers right now. Let’s make books that have these issues so people think it’s a good thing that people should kill themselves.  Or have people start hating themselves causing self-abuse or eating disorders. Like why do you think that is good? Can we not write like that? Sure we could share those problems with the world but we could at least show a disclaimer in the summary of the books. The right way to write this: Show people the negative sides of this. The reasons why you should love yourself. The reason why you shouldn’t follow the world’s standards in life. That would be a start, people.

That wraps up today’s post up. Hope you enjoyed. Please comment down below, what people shouldn’t read/write it.

 

 

 

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?