I realize I talk a bit too much about myself and not enough about the people who have really did the most work. So this blog is going to have nothing to do with me and all to do with those who’ve helped me throughout the process of writing and creating a beautiful fictional world. There may be more that help as time goes on, and you’re freakin’ awesome, too, even if I haven’t met you. So here’s to you, even if you don’t read it.
Writer Beware makes posts on which publishing houses to avoid at all costs, which words to look for and which words to watch out for in contracts, and several other things that will keep you in control and knowledgeable about the publishing process. I’d suggest reading through the website if you want to avoid getting ripped off, cheated, or scammed.
I’m just going to reblog this every so often because it’s a site that every writer needs to see.
This is actually quite impressive. I’m a fan.
It’s very hard to write about that which is always beautiful and pleasant and good. You don’t get anywhere with it. There’s no friction in it. There’s no trouble. You have to have trouble. Somebody’s got to get in trouble, or no one wants to read it.
You’re like a grey sky. You’re beautiful, even though you don’t want to be.
Active verbs to use in a fight scene or an otherwise violent encounter, color-coded by severity (with red as most intense and purple as most mild), and categorized by type of fight.
Brilliant! Use them wisely.
The best advice on writing I’ve ever received is to take it seriously, because to do it well is all-consuming.
Totally insane, I wish I could’ve done the same!
If you read to end of my Boxing Day post, you’ll know that I not only recommend a decent knife block as your next splurge purchase, but also that I recently took a trip to New Zealand for three weeks. This trip was one of the best I’ve been on and one that will stick with me the rest of my life. It was the definition of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting my first travel series in three parts, detailing my trip around a spectacular country that I feel blessed to have seen. I’ll be sharing the panic of getting lost on an abandoned country road, the giddiness of seeing a live kiwi up close, and the appreciation of breathtaking scenery that is only understood by true Lord of the Rings fans. Let me take you into a world many people never get to…
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Today has been wonderfully comfortable.
One, it is a snow day.
Two, I have no assignments.
Three, the second podcast is all done editing, which goes up Sunday.
And four, I found out that not only does my roommate not care about me using my Canadian accent, but doesn’t even recognize it when he hears it. This is beautiful to me. I can speak naturally in the States for a short time and no one gives two cents. Except the guys across the hall. They may at some point. But I don’t care anymore.
For those confused, my mother is Canadian and for most of my life I have had a double citizenship. I consider Canada my second country. So while I am in the States, I am also Canadian half-way-through-and-through. I only know the Canadian anthem when others are singing along, though.
And speaking of anthems, it’s time to talk about how to write politics of fictional worlds. People don’t always want to write all the tiny details of the fantasy world. They want to get the story out. But they make a big deal in the end. For instance, say we are talking a rebellion of some sorts. While some people in your world will be totally ok with this, there are always going to be opposers: conservatives vs. liberals, tories vs. whigs, etc. While it may be easier to just have an entire city rebel against its king, it’s just not realistic. There may be meetings, riots, intense discussions, and just general talking before most things get done. The ones doing no talking and most of the doing are probably going to be the radicals/anarchists. If you want your characters to be anarchists, that’s fine, but otherwise one has to think of these things.
And also, remember that there are sometimes more than one political party. Even in the United States, unbeknownst to most, there is more than one political group. In Canada that’s more common knowledge with the Green Party as a commonly known third party. People may not always be on one side of the fence. Sometimes there is a completely different option. Say that we are back in the rebellion or something. One party may call for absolute freedom from the state. The other may think the state ought to be leading. Then a third one may say that although the state is helpful in some cases, we need to have more freedoms and less control from the monarchy. There may even be a fourth option, and a fifth! Think of all the possibilities!
And while we are discussing politics, how is your government run? Is this a monarchy, a capitalist state, a democracy? Are there states/provinces within your country? Do they have their own governors/lords/mini-rulers? Or do you have your own plans in mind for how this ought to be run? This is, of course, up to you, the writer.
Now that I have helped you along, go out and conquer! Make your world! Command it to your liking! And most of all, do what you love!