Showing posts with label idea. Show all posts
Showing posts with label idea. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Subplots in Stories

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This week's post, I thought I should talk about subplots and what their role is in books/stories and whatnot.

Now, some writers believe that subplots exist only to prolong the word count or basically act as filler content. Well, one thing is known throughout the entire globe: everyone hates fillers.

Sub-plots are stories within stories that can be used to explore and enriches the current world that your characters live in or add further depth into their development as a whole. For example, you could have your main character go back and interact with his old buddies back in his home village... or whatever.

Personally, I use subplots not only to develop characters or flesh out the world; but to also add a somewhat unique aspect to the main story as well. For example, you introduce the hero and the conflict as your main story right? The subplot could explore the antagonist perceptive and offer the "other side of the coin".

That way, and tied to last week's post you create inner conflict and force the reader to make a decision who to support or root for. I also have a rule where I add up all the events that happen in subplots to the main plot as well. Like essentially, there's always gonna be a point where the two collide.

I know this was a short post, but that's all for now, I'll probably do a top tips post on this for next week too.

Until next time,
Write on.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

3 Tips on Self Publishing - How to Publish Your Book For Free!

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As the release date of Dragon Tooth is right around the corner, I thought I could share some tips that I picked up along the way with you guys.

First, self-publishing is done through CreateSpace which is an amazon company that basically lets you publish your book for free. What's the catch? There really isn't. Since it'll be POD (print on demand) meaning that once an order is made, a book is printed and shipped directly to the buyer. You get your cut, they get theirs, everyone's happy.

So here are my top 3 tips for self-publishing authors:

1- Keywords are important. These are the secret recipe that your future readers will use to find your book. It's always important to research this fully. Never underestimate those annoying boxes that you need to fill. I think that CreateSpace lets you add five tags, so make sure to use them wisely!

For example, you can use this link to identify the top results for Amazon's Science Fiction/Fantasy keywords, so definitely check this link:

Amazon KDP Top Keywords - Fiction

2- Make your title standout. Okay, I know that this is more easier said than done, but consider having a unique title for your book. Something that would instantly grab anyone's attention. Many authors opt to include keywords from popular TV shows and books and just play around with them, and while that might get you their attention, you would come off not only as uninspiring but rather desperate as well.

Integrate some top keywords that you can find into it, by all means. But no "Throne Games" or "Hairy Pot" please.

3- Edit, edit and edit. I really cannot stress this enough. Get a professional editor to go through your manuscript no matter what happens. There are always editors who charge way less than any company would and these guys would be the go to in my opinion. If you are going to compete with traditionally published authors, you cannot afford to leave silly mistakes in it.

And trust me, it happens. Most likely since you are so accustomed to what you are writing, your brain doesn't see what's on the paper (or document) but sees what you want to see. Either that's a premise of another short story that I'm gonna write, or it's some scientific thing.

Or I don't know, perhaps it's both.

Until next time,
Write on!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Thoughts on Writing - Update

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Today, I wanted to talk about some of my thoughts surrounding the publishing industry and I'll discuss the progress of Dragon Tooth as well (it's still scheduled for June I promise).

Lately, a lot of things have been on my mind and I thought I could share them with you guys and maybe it'll help anyone who is going through something similar.

The first thing is, I've started my last round of editing Dragon Tooth (in order to prepare for the release) and I didn't realize how much I actually improved throughout the process of writing it. Not only Dragon Tooth, but almost all of the stories that came after it improved my skills significantly.

I remember reading somewhere a quote by Stephen King "write your first book, finish it, leave it on the side. Write another book. Publish the second one." or something along those lines. The idea behind this quote is, writing is really a practice. The more you do it, the better you get.

I've been invited to some events lately, and there was one, from Global Vision, which is basically a company that works with colleges around the world to facilitate the application process for students who want to pursue their education further.

One of the requirements was to write a proposal of up to 2000 to 3000 words, and when the speaker said that, I could swear I sensed everyone going "Oh god . . ." and I wasn't amused. Not one bit. My daily quota has risen from 500 words per day to 1500, and it almost happens automatically nowadays and I don't even pay attention to it. I just find myself taking it scene by scene and it seems to work.

My point is, my writing has improved a lot since I decided to publish Dragon Tooth, but I do understand that I'm just at the beginning of this journey.

That's it for today, but next week, I'll be sharing some helpful tips to self-publishing.

Have a great day!

Until next time,
Write on.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

5 Things To Do To Organize Your Writing

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Keeping my ideas organized has nothing to do with the fact that I'm a writer by the way, by profession, this is something that everyone should do.

I find that being organized adds a lot of value and impact in the long run, and there are a number of ways I keep mine in check:

1- I have a big board in my room that is full of markings and future plans. No matter how silly you think the idea is, always write it down. Chances are, in the future you'll come to a point eventually when you are stuck and need ideas (where this will be perfect. You can mash up a couple of ideas that fit and flesh your story out more).

2- I have a mini-fridge (worst investment I have ever made by the way) that I use for this as well, I use magnets to hang one-page outlines on it. Create a challenge for yourself, create as many one page outlines as you can, or you can write your goals or ideas for future scenes in your novel/story. Hanging them will give you the urge to finish them just so you can feel the rush of taking one out. Food, and beverages won't hurt too.

3- I have the "Book of Secrets" which is a notebook that I always keep close to me, and write all ideas, tips, and observations regarding anything I encounter in it. Someone once said "if you write it, you don't have to remember it" which is the perfect excuse to do this (for the lazy ones). You'll always encounter challenges, or be taught lessons whether its from YouTube videos (yes Jenna Moreci, we're looking at you) or random lists on the internet. Even quotes on Twitter too (#amWriting #writerTips).

4- I keep a separate document for large projects that is basically a 'cheat sheet'. For Dragon Tooth, I have "Dragon Tooth: World Information" which lists all the guilds and characters in the story. Having a one place go to like this will definitely keep you in track or how the story is going. This will help tremendously when you take those long breaks (which we all know you take).

5- Outline, outline, and outline! Outline your entire story, novel, book or script. Anything that needs writing, needs outlining. It makes you focused and determined to finish because you know how it ends basically. One will never understand the importance of this step unless they start writing a novel of around 70K words and they lost track of the events that took place previously and have to re-re-re-read the entire thing again just to ensure there are not plot holes.

These are my top five methods of how to organize my writing. Always remember: it's better to write it, than to remember it.

This is all for now, if you have any questions, remember you can drop me a line anytime and I would be more than happy to assist you.

Write on,
InfranGilis

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Will to Change the World

Too many times we spend inside a bubble that has existed for so long, too many times do we point fingers, blaming this and that why something is not how we want it to be, too many times do we spend worrying, criticizing not knowing what the future holds but yet we all know that we do nothing about it. What is wrong with the world? Many things. Too many things to change, some even argue that no one can change the world and warns that if you spend too much time trying to change the world, the world changes you. 

 "I exist, therefore I matter. " - Plato.

The problem isn't something bigger than you, it is the root that needs to be changed. Some people spend too much time criticizing the world that they forget they are part of it. But, do you know what the problem really is? It is you. You're doing nothing, you waste time talking about how rotten the world is yet you do not take action; that is the problem. You see each and single one of us has the power to change the world but we let our insecurities get the better of us, we dwell on shadows of doubts that should not exist in any person's mind. "Am I good enough? Can I do this? Am I even capable of doing this? Why did I fail?". 

We always lose some battles, always fail to accomplish some of our goals but you know what? That's part of life as well, going through defeat, how else would you savor the taste of victory? How else would you know how to win? Winners aren't those who don't lose, they are the ones who don't give up, because when the will is strong enough, the how gives way and that completes the cycle of life, which dictates that in order to win, you need to first lose, and THEN learn how to win.

 We are all powerful, more powerful than we anticipate, more powerful than we think we are, more powerful than what we giver ourselves credit for, but all those things evaporate we don't nurture our talents, feelings, emotions and thoughts. Cherish your memories and hold them dear, remember why you want to change the world, to create a better future, and through those memories, let the light of you shine, so that other may follow in your footsteps and walk beside you. Give yourself the permission to rise, shine and excel. Push your boundries and go out of your comfort zone instead of staying in the bubble YOU KNOW exists, and remember that if you stay long enough and didn't change the bubble, you BECOME the bubble.