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Thursday, January 31, 2013

One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read it to voyage through time.

Use your imagination and be creative :

Fantasy is one of the most exciting and hardest genre’s to write in my opinion. You have so many directions in which your story can go and there are so many important decisions that you will have to make.

Say you want to write a story about vampires. There are now a million kinds of vampires that you can choose from or you have the choice to make your own. Same goes for practically every magical creature out there. It’s all up to you to choose what you like and what you think will go with your plot the best.

The biggest thing that you need to remember when writing fantasy, besides having good grammar, pacing and characters, is that you need to be creative in all aspects of the story. The plot needs to be something new and unique, unlike anything that we’ve ever read before and you need to let your imagination run wild.

Don’t think about what makes sense but rather what doesn’t make sense while still making sense. Confused? Good. Your imagination doesn’t always make sense, but if it gives you this great idea that you don’t quite get, then just go with it and if it doesn’t work of, who cares? There’s still a billion more ideas out there just waiting for your mind to discover.

And if you have a hard time coming up with ideas, then look at pictures. I know it sounds silly, but pictures are the biggest source of inspiration. But if you don’t want to spend all day looking at pictures on your computer, watch movies and listen to music. They are also two big reasons that my head is swimming with plot bunnies. Or just sit there with your eyes closed in a quiet place and let the ideas flow to you.

- Kailyn
It is inevitable that we will, eventually, all die. However, it is up to us how to we use this time between the moment we first live to the second until we perish.

Including love :

Love at first sight? I think not.

Okay, I won’t be a hypocrite and say I don’t like a good love story now and again. In fact, half my bookshelf is full of books with romance as the main plot or sub-plot. But what drives me insane about romance novels is their very unrealistic, cliché way of going about things.

*Clears throat*

Boy teases girl. Girl hates him. BAM they get partnered up in a school project. BAM they fall in love.

Now, I’m sorry to say it, but love doesn’t just happen like that. I mean, I’m no expert, but from what I’ve seen, love doesn’t come around in only a couple weeks. That’s infatuation. Now, love can grow from infatuation, but I really dislike it when, at the end of the book, I haven’t seen true love.

If you are going to make characters in your book fall in love, you are going to have to make them become best friends first. People date/marry the person they’re most comfortable with! (Or should, anyway.) And the person they are most comfortable with is often their best friend.

Best friends first. No exceptions.

And to touch on this love at first sight stuff. No. Just no. If your book has to do with love at first sight (without some amazing explanation to why!) cut it. Now. I’m sorry to say, but that isn’t love. It’s infatuation. That’s lust for someone’s body if you “fall in love” at first sight.

I could go on and on about this, but I think I’ll stop there.  Remember:  love = best friends!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A mask can hide one's identity and make them bolder - whether they become a villain with that mask or a hero is up to them.

Friday, January 11, 2013

More on :

Writing mistakes often made by young writers...

2. The "I-am-only-evil-because-I-have-nothing-better-to-do" villain.
How often have I seen this done in a budding author's novel, often on Wattpad, where the villain is either simply cruel to spite the main character or it appears he had nothing better to do with his time. As an author, you want to make your characters believable! 

"Every villain believes they are a hero in their own minds." - Anonymous

That quote, right there explains everything that a budding author needs to know. In order to have a believable villain you must have that character believe that what they are doing is truly right. In their own minds, they must believe that everything they are doing is for some betterment. 

Take Hitler for example (I know, touchy subject) but when he began to purge the world of the Jewish it was because he believed them to be different, unnatural even, and with this he believed that by ridding the world of them that he would make things better.

Another example could be when in the "Maximum Ride" series by James Patterson, what Jeb and all the other "whitecoats" are doing is believed to be for the betterment and survival of mankind. Even though they have been trying to "enhance" the world with their hybrids and rid the world of the humans, they still believe that everything they are doing is good.

Do you see what I'm getting at? If the villain thinks what he is doing is GOOD then there won't be anything in the world (your magical little world) that can stop him. Well, besides your main character who will inevitably come in and save the day.