Expect the unexpected…

There’s one big difference that a novel has from real life, something we all appreciate; the fact that the unexpected happens all the time. We all want something unexpected to happen, it just rarely does, and to include something like this when writing offers the reader the bridge from reality that they need.

Tip of today’s post : Ensure you consider how a character will react t the unexpected.

Just having a character the audience won’t expect isn’t enough, in most instances, and this is because you can get used to a character over time. You have to put them in a situation where they would never have expected to be in, or more importantly, where the reader wouldn’t expect them to be in.

In doing this, you mask various predictable plot points that would otherwise could be blatantly obvious. Say for instance you have a few armed soldiers fighting a militia of sorts. The winner is as obvious as the number of sides on a square. Then you pit them against an ancient vampire species, and things become much less clear. If they’re supposed to win, there’s much more you can do that will be completely alien, yet gripping and original to the reader.

Of course, the reader could be expecting this, and that’s why you have to make scenes like this your own. Do this by changing what happens to match your style, whatever style that may be; the reader wants to see what you can create, not what a Marvel comic or a Disney movie has shown you. (I don’t suggest at all that using these sources or any other for ideas is a bad idea though, just don’t copy them entirely.)

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Email: eternal.mantis@gmail.com

Skype : Fenris Prisema (enraged_fenris)

(Let me know you came from my blog please, just to avoid confusion. I’m up for talking about anything.)

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Say again?

So one thing that I find has the potential to be quite aggravating is when people completely disregard grammar and blame it on their dialect or accent. Pronunciation has literally nothing to do with sentence structure, but that’s not the point. The point is that bad grammar can make a character humorous.

Tip of today’s post : Keep a character’s dialect and intelligence in mind when writing.

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Sorry…

Yeah… I may or may not have broken WordPress…

While this is the truth, please feel free to disregard this and be angry anyways, I understand that I was supposed to post more frequently, then this happens. Why you do this to me, WordPress?

I have a way to make it up to you. I’ll post two back-to-back blog posts tomorrow and the day after, something I’ve never done before. I feel like forcing a post out today would be a little ignorant of my inactivity; to brush it off like it’s nothing isn’t fair or right. I’d prefer you knew that I hadn’t abandoned ship and that devotion to this blog remains unwavered.

So yeah, feel free to cast stones, I deserve it, and I hope you look forward to upcoming posts regardless!

Take a step back.

So if you’re like me and for some reason have a ton of original characters, you realise that it’s a little difficult to keep all of them in balance. Somehow, one of them always seems left behind and becomes really outdated, and this can be a fatal flaw when writing.

Tip of today’s post: Ensure all of your characters are up to date with your novel.

Ever read a book where a character simply seems to stay the same throughout the entirety of the story? I can wager that this is also the character that people aren’t really interested in, as they’d rather see how the others are evolving and changing in proportion to the story.

This problem will get worse the more you ignore it too; You’ll forget how to play certain characters, making their personality and dialect change every time you try to use them. Eventually, they just lie in the corner of your story, as if they’re a narrating ghost who isn’t affected by anything. R.I.P.

A good way to prevent this is to write short stories starring them as the protagonist, and you can play around with them and see how they react to different situations. This not only refreshes your mind on how they truly should be played, but serves to get the imagination spurring, helping with potential story or character ideas.

Contact info:

Email: eternal.mantis@gmail.com

Skype : Fenris Prisema (enraged_fenris)

(Let me know you came from my blog please, just to avoid confusion. I’m up for talking about anything.)