Tuesday, April 26, 2016

How To Name Your Character


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This is probably one of those things that you either can do very easily, or struggle severely with. This is mostly a problem that I do not face when I start a new story (sorry!) as I will always have specific names that I would love to use in any of them. They are my babies after all (even though some face extremely horrible situations...) but in the end, think of it in terms of what names best suit your character. If they are a warrior, then something like Vikus, Octus, or even Aelin would work (granted it is a fantasy setting). Now, there are still some rule of thumbs when it comes to characters:

1- Never use two names which start with the same alphabet in a story. It just confuses readers generally. This is to be honest, something I try to break as well, but I keep it under tight control (meaning that those characters will never be in the same chapter unless they are alone and having a dialog). If you are still confused, here's an example:  
Jack - Jordan
Mike - Micheal and so on. 

2- The names must fit the setting and culture. Let's take Game of Thrones for example. If George had named the Dothraki people "Jack Renulds" and "John Adam" it would just push the characters out of their primitive culture, so the named must fit the setting. It is known. Keep in mind that this is entirely dependent on the genre that you are writing as well, having a name such as "Ragnor" in a children story is kinda of an off for me. Just imagine these lines "there once was a man, in the peaceful loving kingdom of joy who used to chase butterflies! His name . . . was Ragnor the Mad. Okay I may be exaggerating here but you get the point. 

3- Translate words from different languages. Or better yet, come up with a completely new one! Tolkiens did it, George did it, so why not you as well? Something that I personally use, I try to translate specific latin words and use them as the base for the name. For example Rory is Latin for the Red King, while Mors is Death, so combining the two would give a character that wreaks havoc and breathes torture something like Morus, and attaching a nick name to that would give them that vibe! Think Morus the Black Knight, or the Red King, even the Bringer of Death!

That's all for now, I will probably make another post to explain in depth my own process for naming the characters pretty soon. 

Until next time,
Write on.

Monday, April 18, 2016

5 Tips On How To Build A Convincing World


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One of the main issues that writers face when writing fiction is world building. It may be a writer's ultimate demise to be honest, however there are a couple of tips and tricks that you can use in order to make the world your writing about sound convincing. 

1- Explain everything. Whether it involves magic, or a mysterious old knight who was banished from his village for bringing dishonor to it by commanding a band of warriors and challenging the throne. Give lots of back information but make sure that it is not an info dump. Explain the complexiity through simple means. Be it a foreigner who doesn't know the traditions of a country (to which is explained to) or through flashbacks. 

2- Either start with everyone knowing, or everyone is shocked to know. If your world contains magic, you might want to start in a way that it is something that has been absorbed by the community all along and everyone is aware of it. You can then explain the limitations (I'll to it in a minute) through either combat or carefuly crafted dialog. 

3- Limitations. Always have golden rules that cannot be broken, and put imitations to hinder the characters from being overpowered. For example, a wizard's strengh may be determined by his energy, willpower or some sort of mana mechanism. 

4- Craft good shocks, not unbelievable ones. Having your protagonist suddenly discover that they have that ONE legendary spell that can take every opponent down just when they are in a pinch is somewhat annoying and shocks the readers out of the world. "But couldn't he have used it before?" these sort of questions if they leak into your readers, you lose them.

5- Everyone loves exploring. I found that one of the bst ways to make the readers fall for your world, is to have your protagonist at one point explore the world! Discover different cultures and have complex societies with their own certain rules. You can be wild. Have a city where slaves are the masters even though they are slaves. Did I make sense? No. Does it matter? Nope. 

That's all for now,

Until next time,
Write on.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Minds the Secret Society - Available now on Kindle!



Great news! Minds the Secret Society is now available to purchase for 0.99$ only on your Kindle! I'm really more than excited to share this with you, being the first story I decided to publish, I think this is the perfect introduction to what you can expect from me in any stories. It is really an exciting moment and a huge boost in morale for me personally, and I would love to hear what you guys think about this as well, so don't forget to leave a review!

I'll be posting more information as well about the projects that I have coming in the next few days. But, for now, I want to apologize for missing a few posts because of the numerous projects I'm involved in. But don't worry, I have plenty to make it up to you! 

Until next time,
Write on!