7 Tips to Writing Factions in Fiction — Legends of Windemere

Many stories have a ‘faction’ part of their world. It can be obvious with feuding guilds or opposing armies. Other times, you can miss it because you’re only introduced to one of the groups and merely hear about the others. You can even have factions turn up in a more modern setting in the form […]

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These are great tips, and I will probably use some, if not most, in the story I am working on.

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When You Can’t Seem to Write

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Hello everyone. How are  you all doing this fine day?

I hope you are doing well.

In the past few days I haven’t really been up to writing anything. I tried reviewing the outline and draft that I am crafting for my new novel, but I could not seem to get any ideas flowing. It’s one thing when  you are stuck with writing your first draft, but it is another thing when you can’t even get a decent outline out.

Outline. Yes, you read that right. I am actually working on an outline for my novel.

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Best Writing Tip To Completing A Novel

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Here’s the best tip I found on how to finish your novel… I wish I had read about it sooner, or I would not be here with a bunch of unfinished works.

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6 Tips for Adding Life to Your Locations

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Cafe bar | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's bookOne of my favorite writing resources, Mythic Scribes, recently shared some great tips on using your locations to bring your story to life. Here is my summary. As always, you are encouraged to check out the original post for more.

The whole point they are making is that by giving your readers a chance to insert themselves into a location or scene, they’ll make it their own, bringing it to life in their heads. It’s no longer just a description, but a place that exists in their mind, and which they helped create themselves.

As to how you can accomplish that, here are the tips:

1. Level of Detail

Don’t get bogged down in details. Quite often in writing, less is more. This is definitely the case with locations. Readers aren’t stupid. Unless something is completely outlandish, most people will be able to fill in any blanks in the…

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How to Write Better Characters

Do want to greatly improve your writing by two, or three folds?

Today, let’s talk about how we can greatly improve our writings by focusing on one important element – the characters.

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Our main characters in our story can make or break it. Without a compelling character, our story with not relate to readers, will not garner empathy, and most of all, with not have any impact.

So, how can we write better characters? We have to flesh them out. We need to give more thought into who they are, even to the point of adding in details that may probably not appear in your story at all.

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9 Tips for Writing Better Short Stories — A Writer’s Path

I stumbled upon these helpful tips for writing better short stories. I have been trying to write more short stories, so these tips have been very helpful. I will try my best to incorporate them in my works.

I hope that they would be helpful for you, too.

Have a nice day.

 

 

by Allison Maruska In April, I was a judge for two writing contests – Dan Alatorre’s Word Weaver contest and Ryan Lanz’s short story contest. I was honored to be asked to fill the role once, let alone twice. And while I enjoyed judging great stories, I also learned a few things about […]

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Dealing with writer’s block… — Pointless Overthinking

Terry Pratchett said that there is no such thing as writer’s block. If so, how should we define the moments when it seems that our bucket of ideas is empty? How do we put words where it seems to be nothing but darkness? And moreover, how we decide which words to use when no words […]

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Dealing With Creative Differences

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As a creator, it can get frustrating when I have to deal with people’s differing opinion regarding my work.  I usually just deal with it, and take it as a difference in taste and preference.

It is a different matter when you are actually working for or with another creator.

I mentioned it in a post a while ago that I have been helping my wife with her vlogs. Now, usually most vloggers are a one-man show. They are the talent, cameraman, scriptwriter, editor, producer, everything.

My wife isn’t as tech-savvy as I am, so to support her interest, I volunteered to do the behind the scenes work.

However, this is still her vlog, therefore, what she wants, goes. While my opinion and taste, say in music or scene selections may be good for me, it is worth jack to her if she does not like it.

I had to re-work an entire video edit. Fortunately for me, it was only around 30 minutes worth of raw video, which I was able to edit into around 12-15 minutes worth of edited work. However, she was not satisfied with it, so I had to throw it all out the window and had to redo everything.  “Everything” because she did not like my music choice. In her defense, she did point it out to me that she did not like the music, but I pushed in anyway, and hoped that the overall effect would make her change her mind…

Nope.

So out the window it flew.

On the bright side, it did force me to think more creatively. I was able to work with what I had, and somehow ended up with much shorter, but somehow better work.

This made me learn an important lesson – the client will always be right. It does not matter whether you think their vision or idea is not that good. If your client does not think that your idea is not  up to par to their ideals, it is worth nothing.

So, before tackling any work for a client, it would be best to at least talk it out with them. Get an initial rough draft of the project and let them view the progress of your work. The degree of client involvement in the development or creative process of your work will ultimately depend upon your workload, or your previous client agreement… It would save you a lot of headaches and lost time in the long run (hopefully).

And lastly, when dealing with someone who has a difference in creative opinion from you, it would be best to have a lot of patience, and keep an open mind by viewing it as a learning experience.

Have a nice day, and I’ll see you soon.

 

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How to Write Action Scenes in First Person

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Writing in first person can be a unique an interesting experience for a writer. It allows you to get inside the head of your main character, and experience the fictitious world you have set them in through their eyes.

However, there are certain considerations you have to make when writing in first person, particularly when writing action scenes.

1. Know your character.

First, you’ll have to consider their experience in fighting.  A veteran fighter would have sharper reflexes and a keen eye to catching their opponent’s moves as compared to a person who has never trained in fighting before.

Let’s say your main character is an average guy who works in a desk all day. He gets assaulted by a random stranger on the streets. There’s a big chance that he would never see what hit him. He’d get socked in the face and would hit the pavement fast. He would not know whether it was the left or right hand that struck him.

As for an experienced fighter, there is a higher chance that he would be able to spot the striking fist, and be able to react appropriately. Your fighter could possibly see the hit and anticipate its move, and be able to either dodge or counter the attack. Even if he was hit, there is a chance that he was able to see which hand dealt the blow.

Basically, what I’m trying to point out here is that you should be able to have a good idea of your character’s reaction time to be able to write action scenes more effectively.

2. Write short sentences

Short sentences give the impression of urgency.

Write with less description, more action.

Writing with a lot of description would slow down the reader’s pace, and therefore, also slow down the action of your scene.

Besides, we are writing in first person perspective. When in a fight, your character will be intensely focused on his opponent, and his moves. Everything around them would be a blur.

If you must set the scene, do it before everything goes down.

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3. Are there any complex choreography?

One thing I really enjoy in watching action scenes are the complex choreography that the fighters make when they fight. It looks so beautiful on the screen – like a dance, but much more deadly.

The issue I have with this is that when writing, it can be difficult to convey such action to your readers. Using complex descriptions of the move may even be distracting, or downright confusing.

So how do we do this?

I frankly don’t know as I have not read nor written an action sequence that involves such things. It might even be that these things are limited to the visual media, as opposed to the written media. It may be possible to try writing complex choreographed moves in say third person or even limited third person perspective, but as of now, I am having difficulty wrapping my head around this concept.

So, I guess if it seems to complex or difficult to write, it would probably best to avoid it.

4. Use the right words.

This one sort of falls in the “Know your Character” category, but when writing first person, we have to remember that it is not the writer that is speaking, but the main character.

We should avoid using fancy (or even non-fancy) words that your character would not be caught using. A character who does not have a wide ivy-league level vocabulary should avoid terms and words or phrases that may in effect break his character. We are in his head, we are in his mind, and we are hearing his thoughts. If we are dealing with a potty-mouthed fighter who talks street jargon – we should try to use that.

Would that be confusing? How about let the character explain a term that you think your general reader may not know.

If you know anatomy to a certain degree, but figure that your character probably does not know that much, limit your use of such things when describing out a fight.

 

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I have to admit that I am no expert in writing in the first person, but have found the above-mentioned tips to be useful when I attempted to write some works in the first person.

Writing in third person, or even the limited third person is much, much easier, and in a bind to create something, I would probably write something in those perspective.  However, if you do wish to stir things up a bit, and would want to have a different writing experience, get in your main character’s head and try writing in first person perspective.

Happy writing, and have a nice day.

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A Blogger’s Struggle to Getting More Visitor Engagement

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Hello everyone, Jomz here. I am a blogger, and I am here to tell you stuff. What kind of stuff? Different kinds of stuff. Stuff you hopefully like, and that would hopefully either enlighten your day, or change your life.

As a blogger, my objective for writing things is not only to get visitors to view the post, read it and leave (and probably give a “Like”), but it also includes getting people to think that I have some kind of potential to deliver useful content. Take note, potential. Based on my current and previous posts, visitors assess my value on whether they’d want to keep seeing more of my articles, see more of my life ideas, and probably have more to do with the inner workings of my brain.

As a blogger, my goal is to present ideas that may be useful to you, in a way that is unique to me.

Blogging is a personal activity. It is about writers telling a story, sharing something in their life to readers. Blogging is essentially communication.

Communication is not a one way street, however. It involves, not only transmitting information to the receiver, but also getting feedback from the receiver. Hence, why visitor engagement is very important for blogs.

The Importance of Comments

1. Positive Affirmation. What do you feel when you talk to a person, tell them your story, and you simply get a blank stare in return? Or worse, they just look away with no response whatsoever? It hurts, right? It makes you feel unimportant and undervalued. Visitor engagement gives the blogger a little bit of positive affirmation.

2. Clear things Up. Interacting with visitors help to clarify points that the writer may have missed or inadvertently made a bit unclear. If you, as a reader, found a topic or even a specific point that the blogger was trying to make a bit unclear, don’t hesitate to ask. I’m sure the writer of that article will be very happy to impart their valuable knowledge on you.

3. Generate New Ideas. What if a reader’s question ends up being too complicated to answer in a simple comment? Then that means you got another article to potentially write. Tell your kind reader that you’ll get back to answering his question later in a future post, so it would be best if they subscribe so they could be notified when their question gets answered.

So, “How do I get comments?”, you ask…

It’s not an easy task. Frankly, I’m also struggling in that area, but I am thankful for my readers who are kind enough to spare me a few words. 😀

For me, there are Three Important Things You Must Do to Get Comments:

  1. Write good content. Write good articles or posts for your readers. Yes, you have to write for yourself, but always put your readers first. What do you think they would enjoy reading? What do you think they could learn from your posts? If you write content that is well-thought out and easily understandable, your visitors will respond to it.
  2. Get out and Comment, too. You want people to reply to your posts, make sure that you would be willing to do the same to others. Visit a five to ten blogs with a similar topic as yours, and join in on the discussion. If you’re commenting here on wordpress, you don’t even need to leave a link of your blog. Leave a nice, thoughtful comment or two and people will come to you.
  3. Ask a Question. Ask and it shall be answered. Hopefully. Haha… If you want your visitors to engage with your post, ask a question at the end, or lead them into a discussion through your posts. Just don’t overdo it.

There are other ways to improve visitor engagement, or at least get your visitors to leave a comment on your blog, but I believe these three are the most essential.

Are there things I missed, or perhaps you have a good method you’d like to share? Please leave a comment, and let’s talk about it.

That’s all for now, see you next time. Have a nice day.

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