I’m taking my time working through the steps of the Snowflake Process. Step 1 was easy enough. I had to write a sentence in up to 15 words showing the overall story. I wrote several versions and then tailored the one that best describes my proposed manuscript. Step 2 was much harder. All I had … Read moreMy Progress
It’s your story so why not create your own world. Personally, the thing I especially like about writing fantasy novels is the opportunity to create my own world. The people and the place can be exactly how I want them to be because it is a fantasy world, I don’t have to follow rules. The … Read moreBuilding a Fantasy World
Here are some questions to help you get started: Where will the story take place? Will it be a magical world? Will there be demons, witches, ogres, made up animals? How much ground will the story cover? Will you need to draw a map to keep things in perspective? How long will it take to … Read moreWorld Building Questions
The Forgotten – Highly recommended. We saw this movie yesterday. Although I’ve seen mixed reveiws regarding the value of the movie, I would say it’s well worth watching and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The acting was great, the effects were superb and the storyline was original with a interesting twist. Unless you’ve seen the movie … Read moreThe Forgotten (Movie)
Remember that your reader invests time and money into your story and it is important that your characters capture your reader’s attention, so that they will want to spend more time getting to know them. If the reader does not develop an interest or connection with the main characters from the beginning, chances are they … Read moreCharaters: Without them, there is no story!
There were many ways of attacking a medieval castle, and almost as many means of countering such attacks. Ways to Attack The first step was to batter the walls with a variety of “engines”, the most common being the catapult or mangonel. Its throwing beam would haul a massive stone, a pot of flaming “Greek … Read moreCastle under siege!
Like most early civilizations, the ancient Egyptians measured the passing of time by the phases of the moon. Their first calendar was based on the lunar cycle – the 29 or 30 days from one new moon to the next. A year consisted of three four-month seasons, and the new year was heralded by the … Read moreMarking Time
Multiple viewpoints are very useful in any novel! In the third person, several viewpoint’s allow the reader wider access to knowledge and events not necessarily involving each character in the story. In addition, changing the viewpoint will often increase the pace of the story and can be used to create mystery and tension. It is … Read morePOV: Who’s telling your story?