Motivation In Writing

If you are lacking the motivation to write, do not worry. In fact, there are many ways to improve and re-construct your motivation. The methods of doing so are perfectly natural. How many times have you sat down in front of your computer with the intension of writing, and completely avoided doing so? Perhaps the procrastination is not intentional. 

1. Distractions, i.e, the number one supporter of procrastination. Turn off the music so you can focus. Close your browser, and put down your phone. Even unplug your internet if that is what it takes. 

2. The environment really won’t have much to do with your writing. If you are the type of person that can’t work in a messy room, that’s fine. Clean up your area so you aren’t distracted. If you don’t have a view of beautiful rolling hills and serene forests, or perhaps a dazzling array of city lights, twinkling in the back round, that doesn’t matter. Sometimes the best of books are written in a stuffy jail cell. Even writing in a public room is perfectly fine, as long as you have the will. That’s the thing about writing in the presence of many other people: you can’t get in your own little world if you’re by yourself. 

3. Don’t give up. Get a cup of tea and force yourself to write, even if you don’t feel like it. You can’t get anywhere without trying. Like the famous saying goes, where there’s a will where there’s a way. 

 

How To Create Good Title Names

This time I’ll be explaining how to create good and catchy title names. Step one, analyze your story. There are many details which should factor into your title. What is your story about? How does it end? Is the ending good or bad? Is it a emotional story? Is it a romantically themed story? Is it a drama based story? Is it filled with gristly action sequences? What does it portray? These are few of the examples. Step two, make sure your name actually represents your back.

ex. The plot for your story:

A brilliant scientist creates a beast in hopes of destroying the world, starting with New York. However, the beast is created with a human mind and decides not to fight of the scientist. The scientist then creates another beast — careful to create it with an obedient and vicious mentality.  This time the beast obeys and tries to destroy the world. The good beast helps kill the bad beast and with the humans he finally kills the scientist.

Not a very detailed plot, but you understand. A scientists creates two monsters and they fight each other and eventually him.

What would you want to name this story?

Good: The Monsters of New York

Worse: Violent Beings

Quite a difference, right? Hope this post helped.

Stressing Adverb Use In Your Fiction

This is another flaw most writers have: misplacing adverbs and misusing or stressing them. Think of fiction writing as acting in a play — you want to show, not tell. Remember that, show, not tell. The example below shows a sentence with regular adverb use.

ex. The man dodged the bullet swiftly. 

Don’t get me wrong, adverbs are good to use sometimes. You can’t always be descriptive in place of adverbs. Let’s try the example without telling, but showing.

ex. The man veered to the right fast as thought, dodging the bullet without breaking concentration. 

Do you see the difference? Use adverbs sparingly. Here are a few more examples exchanging adverbs with description.

ex. The small boy ran quickly.

ex2. The small boy sprinted down the hall.

ex. The man stared dejectedly at the wall.

ex2. The man stared at the wall, a trace of a frown on lips, his hand resting on his forehead.

I’ve noticed many people struggle with this issue, so I’m going to be harsh. Using adverbs in place of description can be the lazy way out. Use adverbs only where description sounds silly, or there is no accurate description for the adverb selected. 

Let’s review this now that you’ve got a taste of right and wrong. 

Adverbs describe how a verb is being carried out.

ex. The dog barked playfully.

ex. The dog barked fiercely.

Without adverbs, you don’t know how the dog is barking. Without description, you don’t know why the dog’s barking, or what he’s doing while he’s barking. Examples with description below.

ex. The dog barked, his tail wagging, eyes gleaming for a chance to play.

ex. The dog barked, teeth bared into a vicious snarl, its tail stiff with anger.

Have you gotten a taste of the difference now? Which is more exciting to read? Using description in place of adverbs may seem a bit harder, but it’s worth it, both for you and the reader.

1. The reader enjoys your writing more. 

2. You publish your book to the editor and he accepts it. An editors worst nightmare is seeing a good book — an attracting title, good material and excellent potential, only to see the writer only told, not showed.

You want to show, not tell. Stressing this is absolutely necessary  I want you guys to have the best instruction possible. In writing, you either become a good writer, or you don’t become a writer at all.

 

Creating Your Characters Backstory (Character Help Part III)

This is a very important addition to the creation of your character(s). In this article I will teach you how to define your character(s) backstory.

1. Give your character details — quick! Describe your character as a policeman would describe an escapee. Blue eyes, blonde hair, 6’4, etc. Name is Bob Douglas Remember, you don’t have to put all this information straight in. Firstly, it’d sound weird and forceful, and secondly, the reader doesn’t want to know all that information right off. Give it to the reader slowly and gradually. Give it time to adjust and fit an image into the readers mind.

2. Write about his back story, his birth, and early childhood memories. Where was Bob Douglas born? Who are his parents? What did they do for a living? What are the first things he remembers? Did he do anything that is plot worthy? Don’t stop now! Keep writing down every detail possible. Aim for making his back story as complicated as yours.

Remember, all of this will come in handy at some point in your story. Imagine you’re writing really fast, and you’re on a streak. Suddenly you come across a weak point in your characters back story or plot, and you don’t know how to fill it in. You lose your train of thought and lose yourself in trying to make up details. It is absolutely necessary to make sure you have all those details nailed into your head.

3. Bring him into his adult life. What did Bob do for a living? Is he married? How many kids did he have? What were they named? Did he have any notably good or bad friends? Did he skip college or scrape through it? Write all this down, and remember — it doesn’t have to be pretty. You’re just note taking and rough drafting. Keep this in a spare document when you’re writing so you can look at if need be.

4. Interview the character you created. Peg him with questions! Ask yourself: what did your character learn through all his years? What specific skill sets did he pickup? What hardships did he endure? Did he take any shortcuts? How old is he? What would he like to change about his life? Something that stands out. Your decisions will determine how Bob Douglas’ role in the plot continues. Remember, don’t bother going this detailed for all your characters. Whoa, I’m not saying don’t go detailed, just don’t go super detailed. You’ll tire yourself out and have a million useless details floating around in your head on the paper. Sub characters never need to have excess details.

 

Creating Good Characters Part II

freds booksCharacters, the stuff of legends. Characters define your story. Whether your story is focuses in first or third person, or even second person, the characters define your story. So you want to make them look good, right? You want your characters to be easily recognizable. If you truly are a reader, you’ve heard of Harry Potter by J.K Rowling’s  Let me guess. When someone mentions the name “Harry” or “Ron”, you immediately think of the Harry Potter series. J.K Rowling’s was that good at describing and implementing her characters in the readers mind. That is what you should aim for. There are many variables to which a good character can be recognized.

What does the character look like? This should be one of first things the reader discovers while reading your story when the character is introduced.

Age: Authors rarely include a detailed bio of the character. You should manage to sneak this in somehow. You can even do this through dialogue. “How old are you, Bob?”  he demanded. “I’m only twenty-one!”

What race is your character descended from? Is he an ork? An elf? A troll? An alien? A human? This is the most obvious factor, but I’ve read books that do not fully include what type of  creature the main character is.

What is the characters role in the plot? You should not hang onto this. Never, ever, include a completely plot-useless character in your book. You have never known confusion until this has happened to you.

What kind of person is your character? He is solely meant for comedy relief? Is he an evil character? Is he sarcastic? Demeaning? Condescending? Joyful? Easy going? That’s for you to decide.

Does your character(s) die or live by the end of the book? Again, this is for you to decide. Make sure you know who’s dying, staying, or coming back by at least the middle of the book. If you’re super smart and you completely have no problem with planning, there’s no harm in figuring this all out at the beginning of the book.

I hope this post helped out anyone who is struggling with character developing!

Letting The Reader Discover Your Character

This is vital, and must be implemented. Read carefully. You don’t want to randomly stop the story to explain your character. You want to slowly and progressively explain the character through dialogue and action. Remember, action is what the character does, now, not what the character did, or is going to do.

So how do you show your character to the reader? Description, flashback, interior emotion, action, and dialogue. Action and dialogue are the easiest to use, so rely on them if you’re still a beginner. 

Action: Remember, the characters can show action through body language. It might hint if he’s happy, sad, bored, annoyed, angry, and many more. This is important, and you should try your best to show this in the story. 

Example: Bob yawned. Bob cracked his neck and turned to look behind him. Bob gritted his teeth. Bob jumped up and down. Bob tried hard to choke back the tears. 

These are just a few examples. Which emotions would you link with the above examples?

Dialogue: You can find out more then enough about the characters by how he or she acts. You can tell by the way he pronounces words, (do not attempt trying to give them an accent unless you are experienced. If you don’t know you’re doing, you can easily annoy the reader and make the dialogue sound choppy and ridiculous) and what words the character uses. 

The reason I only gave ‘Action’ and ‘Dialogue’ examples are because they are the most important; as well as they are the easiest to use. On this blog I will be writing and explaining like you are all beginners. 

 

Building Your World: Part 2

As a fiction writer, your goal is make the most perfect and smooth world possible. You want:

The natural world: When you describe the natural world, you are talking about what type of place your character is currently in. Natural world falls under the categories of geography, weather, and thousands of other details. In J.R.R Tolkien’s epic series The Lord of the Rings, it is very easy to understand the type of world they live in.

A. From early on you know it’s based on an old medieval world.

B. You know that the plains and mountains are rugged and dangerous.

C. You know that the inhabitants are deadly and pose a natural danger.

The Lord of the Rings is an excellent example of describing physical environment and planting the image in the readers mind.

The religious or cultural societies or groups: Say your book is based in a small town in the middle of the desert, somewhere in India. What kind of religion will be floating around there? Will there be assassins? Mercenaries? Hippy’s? You decide. The Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling’s is an excellent example. All of the students parents act and live exactly like wizards and witches in a strange magical community. Even the buildings and environment as described show what the groups are like.

Conflict: Do not forget the conflict. The only reason I mention this is because with out a conflict you have no chance of selling your book, if you plan to. Writing a book without a conflict is like buying a bunch of gas but trying to drive the car without the battery. A conflict is one hundred percent necessary.