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.