In Memorial: Christopher Tolkien

The Fall of Arthur

Today, we learned of the passing of J.R.R. Tolkien’s son, Christopher. Christopher in the later part of his life brought and even edited some of his father’s work which was a continuation of sorts to his father’s legacy. Christopher was 95 years old.

 

Another Update on The Raven Prophecy

At the end of last week, I gave a current update on how The Raven Prophecy was going and on that day I was at page 150. Well, as of today I’m almost at page 200. Yeah, those fifty pages went rather quickly to include a couple of extensive writing of the passages of the one religion that is part of the focus of the book.

Let me start by saying that while I was creating it and writing about, I was having fun doing it.  But after spending all day Friday writing it, I was exhausted by the end of the day.  I was overjoyed beyond belief to be exploring writing as I have never done before. Although, if I ever created the chances again to explore this sort of thing, I would be more than up for the challenge.

Then on Saturday, the day after I was writing about religion that is in the world of The Reaven Prophecy, I went back to what we were talking about romance and I included a very extensive scene of love-making between two of my characters. Again it was very much exciting for me to explore what I have read from others that have written romance and be able to correlate it within the breadths of what I’m writing.

To say that I’m feeling newly energized is an understatement for I’m feeling like I’m breathing life into the very soul of my book. Granted, this book, as I have said before, has been a work in progress for the last fourteen years but I’m feeling that I can accomplish what I want for this piece of work.

I’m feeling excited to see where this work takes the written word and my knowledge about writing, which is one of the many joys that a writer can get from writing.

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Embark on the Adventure that is Writing

Every day as we sit at our writing desks, we should accept that we are going on an adventure. We should do accept the adventure whether we are writing fantasy or some other genre of fiction. Going on the adventure ensures that we are learning about the fantasy world that we are creating. Going on the adventure means that we are being shown things by the characters that we have taken the time to create. We should greet these characters like old friends.

When we work on character sketches of these characters, we should have some sort of conversation with them, after all, we are playing God with their lives, whether they know it or not. Them not knowing what we are doing to them or how we met is sort of the fun part of going on the adventure.

When we go on the adventure with our writing, we should accept that the world that we created is not all good and not all bad, but in part, we should learn about the fate that we have put our characters into. Granted, the last part that we want to experience on this adventure is losing our head. Now that would be terribly dreadful for how would we finish the story if we lose our heads.

Embarking on the adventure allows for us to see the escapism that we are working on to create for our readers. For we can easily escape into our fantasy worlds our readers should be able to do the same thing. Granted, embarking on the adventure also allows us to know things that we may or may not include in our manuscripts. Furthermore, it gives us the freedom to enter the castles of our world, the churches, houses, and other such places. Granted, we will get caught up when you are come up some sort of excuse like I smelled you making a pie. Something to where they feel comfortable with you being in their home. This also allows you to add things that they might be missing, like a clock or a nice fireplace. These things could have been missing. But think about what is important about these things to the story. Such as the clock can tell time, but what if the clock was able to show the future in the fireplace when a stranger glances at the clock. (What I great idea, I must write that one down).

This how we can add some playtime into our work, and give us a glance into what we are creating. Allow yourself to become part of your world, but don’t go crazy just a little bit of what you need to see to move the story forward. Granted, every time that I work on the Raven Prophecy, I picture them as I write, and talking or drinking but I try to add something to the image every time so that it is fresh. But I also know that sooner or later the book will be completed and I don’t need to add anything else at that point. However, when your work is still a work in progress you can add as much as you like, but just keep in mind that you need to have the balance or there should be a point for adding something to your story.

I hope that you have an adventurous day in our story world.

Latest Cover Design for The Raven Prophecy

Earlier today, I designed the latest front cover for the Raven Prophecy. I felt that the last one was not really setting the tone for the book. I know back last month I said that I wasn’t going to re-design the cover but I thought you know, maybe I should do one more.

So here is the old version of the cover:

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And here is the newest version of the cover:

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Please, let me know what you think in the comment section down below.

Writing and Age of Readers

Yesturday, I talked about genre and that we really should get to know what is involved in writing our genere; however, today, I want to talk about the age of our readers and thinks we need to keep in mind as readers.

If you are writing for adults or late teenagers this may not apply to you, but you might find the information helpful. This more for if you are writing for children, pre-teenagers, or even middle grade teenagers, then this more for you.

When it comes to writing for children, pre-teenagers and middle graders then there are certain items that must not be in you keep in mind, such as bad language, sexual context, and blood and gore. The three that I listed above cannot be in your story at all, for then you will be put on the banned list. If that is your goal, then by all means you can have it in there, but you will be asked time and again did you really mean to write this for children?

In my fantasy novel, The Raven Prophecy, this book is not for children, for I have all the above and some of the context that is addressed in the book is more for older teenagers/adults, not for the young minds. Granted, if the young have permission from their parents I can’t stop them from reading my book, there are just something things that might come up. In my novel, I have blood, some gore, bad language, and there are some sex scenes. There is also some weird stuff, but it all comes from writing fantasy.

So as you go about today working on your stories, please, keep in mind the age of your readers and what age group you are gearing towards with your story.

I hope that you have enjoyed today’s discussion.

The Raven Prophecy Update

I wanted to give an update on the Raven Prophecy, in case you all were wondering. Last week I started another draft of the Raven Prophecy, and so far it is going well. I have added something things to the first part of the story. These were things that were missing. So far I’m at 15,748 words with 10 pages of front matter, and 41 pages of body matter.

I have no plans at the current time to re-do or redesign the cover for the Raven Prophecy.

I hope to have more updates for you in the coming weeks, but for right now this is where the Raven Prophecy is at.

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Getting to know your Genres

I thought today, that I would switch gears from talking about character to genre. In any genre that you choose to write, you will have characters, but there are certain elements in each genre that your story must have.

In Fantasy, you must have mystical creatures, magic, witches and wizards, and the like in your story. In Sci-Fiction you must have elements of the future and some scientific know-how in your story that is either advanced or a new discovery in the future. Historical fiction must be set in the past and in a historical time period and must contain elements of that time period (a good example of this is The Book Thief). Romance must have a two characters that fall in love, and at the end of the story they must have a happy ending. In Horror there must be dark elements this is also the same with thriller. Mystery there must be a murder and the mystery should be solved towards the last page.

Now granted many of the genres listed above also have sub-genres, such as Paranormal Romace. Paranormal Romance have romance that have vampires as the characters or angels. There is also historical romance, where romance takes place in a time period in the past. There are so many out there to choose from but the main point is that you should know your main and sub-genres.

If you don’t know your genres very well, then you are going to have a hard time finding readers for your stories. Readers typically like to buy or read certain genres. I heard someone once say to know your genre is to know your reader. The same with books goes for movies too and in some cases television shows as well.

It also helps to know what is trending in your genre, but please, note that we should not writing towards those trends, but understand them so that we can modify those trends to what we want to write. As I have said before, we are writers, we are creators and we should not be made to write to trends. If we write to trends how much fun is going to be create new worlds or stories. We should trends more as suggestions but not necessarily as a master key. Trend writing can sort of get boring, for everyone will be writing the same story and there will be hundreds of the same story on the shelfs of bookstores.

We should own our work and work each day to add new things to our genres so that our genres can grow and when a genre grows we find more readers.

I hope that you have enjoyed today’s topic.

It’s Friday….

Happy Friday! It’s almost the middle of the month, before we know it the Holidays will be here, which means how do we as writers get in our writing time, between the parties, the gatherings and events that we have going on. The easiest advice that I can give, which is basically going back to that if you have 15 minutes to write do so. It’s all part of finding that balance.

Just like we have to the balance in eating all the food that comes across our plates this holiday, we also have to find balance get in our writing time. You might be going why give this advice now? The answer is why not? Any time before we get into the holidays is a good time to get this advice. I know the holidays are about being festive, and finding the joy and good will towards others.

The other part about the holidays is that you can carry that spirit into your writing as well. This is a good time, to watch those old holiday classics, or read some of the good old holiday classics. During this time of year, we should add some happiness and joy into what we write. This may seem sappy advice, but you always feel like your writing is sad and depressing and you want it to be up beat, bring in some of that holiday cheer.

I know I have been talking alot about magic, natural writing, but part of having that holiday cheer is feeling that there is magic all around. This is also where we as fantasy writers, go back to what we know about winter and stories. Think of Narnia in the Lion, the Witch and Wardobe, winter is what gives the White Witch her power. In the Dark is Rising, we are in winter at the start of the book, and darkness comes to play. If you’ve watched the film, Legend, winter is the season of darkness.

I’m not saying that we should be considering winter as dark and cold, even though it is, but we should consider winter as our fantasy season. This is the season where a lot takes place and it can also bring about those fantasy elements, for we get the pretty lights, the tinsel, the glitter, its a time where people create. Creating during this time of year, means backing, doing arts and crafts, but for us writers it a time for us to either write or to relax after doing NaNoWriMo. Either way, writing should be enjoyed during this time of year, and we should create just as much as everyone else so that we can enjoy creating the magic that is in our writing and that is the holiday season.

Thank you and have a happy Friday. If you have enjoyed this session on Faerie Rose Press, please, like down below.

Can Writing be Magic?

Let me ask you, can writing be magic? In my view, yes, writing can be magical. Magic if is a verb means to make something move, to be changed or to be created. When we write we are making words move. As we write we hope to change the world. Then finally when we write we work on creating a story, a world, or a situation that we put our characters into. Therefore, writing can be magic.

When we write magic, we want our readers to experience the same type of magic. We want them to feel the magic that is in our story worlds. We want them to experience the feelings that our characters express and we want them to hear not only our voice but the voice that we have for our characters. The pure joy for us as writers, is when our readers understand what we were getting at with our writing. Granted, when they start to analysis our writing, they may have a different understanding than what we intended, but that can be considered as the magic that our readers give to us as writers.

We may disagree with their analysis, but on the other hand, they may give us insight that we did not have before when we were writing our stories. However, we should take it as a gift in return for it shows that we have readers, who took the time to read what we had written on the page. You might be asking yourself is that magic though?

I would have to say, yes that is magic, for they may change how we view our writing. It may move us to think in a different way as well. It might be a stretch to think about how it creates something, but it might for it might compel us to write some more or to create a new world based on the information that we gained from our readers.

We should in turn look at it as what not only what can we give our readers, but what can our readers give to us in return. The answer for me is magic. We give magic and in turn we would like to have some of the magic back. Just as we are children, who believe in faeries, or wizards and witches, we desire to have magic in our lives. We keep looking for it and holding on to those feelings that we see in motion pictures or when we read those types of stories. We want the magic. We desire the magic, and above all we want the world to be magical.

Therefore, writing is magic, and how we use that magic can be the greatest talent that we can ever possess.

I hope that you have liked this discussion on magic and writing. If you would like you can you comment down below on your takes on magic and writing. Thank you, again my friends.