All writers have favorite characters from history, and exploring them through story-telling is, at times, difficult to resist. I know, having fallen in Mark Twain quicksand and getting out only by making him share the spotlight with two other characters. Here, then, is rule number one, unless you’re going to put a new slant on an old face – seek that character’s era, then seek out an utterly anonymous story from behind your famous figure. Great hits have come from exploring rats that sailed with Columbus – and one famous cricket has out-earned many a flesh-and-blood human. So, if Napoleon’s your man, go for the assistant cook that peels his potatoes, the roach who lives in one of them or the wayward soul who either made or shines his saber. The minor to anonymous figure in a famous era is nothing less than an undiscovered vein of literary gold.
No one should be dissuaded from choosing an era that most fascinates them. Once chosen, however, it must emit at least a “faux” reality, unless it is off-world. If it’s foreign, find someone of that country, literary works and recordings from their story-tellers. More important than the way they do they think? How do they communicate with those around them? How do they feel about those around them? Are they short and curt, broad and chatty, poetic or basic? Upon which “power words” are their conversations based? Do you have a sense of THEIR humor? Are they intimately familiar with the situation in which you put them? Could you act it out in front of a mirror, mastering all of the voices?
If you are writing in a dialect that people recognize or, in most cases, think they recognize, go overboard, far overboard… in the privacy of your studio at the computer. Before you publish, however, “consult consult consult” – then reexamine your copy and “retreat retreat retreat” until you have reached a satisfactory level of subtlety. Then, retreat even further, until you’re certain that every nuance of their speech is no more than a hint and natural byproduct of the character’s milieu.
Getting the twenty first century out of historical speech is like getting rid of ants or termites, and you can’t pass over one word without careful inspection. Many of our colloquialisms have moved to the center of our lexicon, but are still examples of misplaced slang to someone from the eighteenth century. Much of history is based upon class distinction saturated with minute variations of speech. From the hog-slopper to the Stubenmaedchen and on to the queen herself, you’ll have to comb out the obvious and overblown in multiple passes. For pieces such as Elizabethan settings, you’d best go the extra mile and have it read aloud with one person per character and a narrator.
Being drawn to a specific slice of life in a specific time is the very best reason to write about it, but have your passport in order and don’t write like a tourist. Until we’ve worked it out to the minutest detail, they always see us coming a mile away.
When writing a thriller novel, how does the author set up and develop the plot and build more detail?
The theme can start out with one central idea. Then, it can develop from that idea, as the writing progresses.
Others will start with the idea and map out the plot in detail, before writing. That can be seen as formulaic. Once the plot is laid out in a plan, then some would say that it becomes writing by numbers. Keen readers will see these patterns in many thriller novels.
My preferred approach is to start out with a central idea, and let the story flow. With ‘Gate of Tears’ it was the extraction of gold from seawater.
Of course, that way, you don’t know how the story will go. With thrillers most authors will know that the main character will live for another day. Why let him or her live? Well, it enables them to use the character in a sequel. Obvious.
‘Gate of Tears’ is set mainly in the Middle East, where the Strait known as the ‘Bab el Mandeb’ – ‘Gate of Tears’ – guards the southern entrance to the Red Sea. There are other storylines in Alaska and London besides the Yemen, and the geography helped the plot development. I would find it much more challenging to write a thriller novel that was set in a fairly constrained environment – say a prison.
Then there are other challenges. How can an author deal with a stage in the action where a character has been put in an apparently dead-end situation? Well, firstly, the author backtracks. ‘Unwriting’ is, for me, a copout and also loses an opportunity for further plot intrigue. So, I wait and think, and sometimes it takes a few weeks to work out an answer (I might need to develop another thread to help resolve the situation). I’ll take a notebook and go for a walk. And another walk.
Another issue is ‘what happens next’?
An author could do as the main character does in ‘The Diceman’ – identify some options and let the dice decide. That’s an interesting way of moving the plot forward. That’s the creative bit.
A newish approach is to let the readers decide, issuing one or more chapters at a time and inviting reader input. I don’t favour that.
With techno thrillers the technology itself can tell a story. And, then, if the author has some nous, the writer can extrapolate existing technology. I have a defence equipment blog feed which I follow, and that pours out new technology for me. Then, recently on the television I saw the new Honda robot which can hop on one leg and pour a drink. It was scary, and the weapons possibilities are disturbing (or not – maybe they’d save lives). It’s not sci-fi anymore – it’s here.
The approaches I describe here all help the plot evolve, whilst allowing room for the mystical creative aspect. My favourite though, is when I tell the main character ‘Now, get out of that”!
In stories for children, it is the boy or girl who solves the problem, rather than the adult, which children reading the story find it much easier to relate to. Harry Potter is just like his young readers, an ordinary child with admittedly extraordinary powers. Even those of his friends who come from magical families have the same things to deal with at Hogwarts, such as homework, embarrassing parents or annoying siblings, making it more believable and thus rooted in the real world, despite Harry’s enrollment in an exclusive school for wizardry.
Harry even has trouble becoming a wizard and struggles at school with some of his subjects, while his classmate Hermione consistently streams ahead of him. On more than one occasion, Harry curses himself for not having studied the history of the magical world or some other topic more deeply.
In the earlier novels too, Harry is quite simply not good enough to take on more powerful wizards. Much of the strength of the novels is the journey of Harry from the age of eleven to manhood and his complicated learning curve along the way, which is reflected not just in his relationships with his friends and teachers, but also in his growing comprehension of the laws of magic. Although magic is the predominant theme running through these and other novels, the hero still has to overcome his difficulties though his own efforts. Magic should never be used simply as a way to solve all problems and just wish them away.
Love is timeless and stories of love transcend time. We still wonder at the romantic tales of the olden days and appreciate those of modern times. Even children’s tales are splashed with romance; the prince and princess riding off into the sunset to live happily ever after. If you are interested in how to write a fantasy novel, you should probably start with writing a simple romance novel. Everyone, even the hard-hearted likes a good tale splashed with a good amount of romance. The following tips will show you how to write a fantasy novel, but especially how to write a romance novel.
Before you even embark on the actual plotting and writing, you ought to develop a taste for reading romantic literature. Read novels by famous writers and take note of how these writers have structured their plots. You should also read current releases. This will give you an idea of the latest trends in romantic writing and the type of material editors are looking for in modern writing.
You will also need to carry out thorough research on the market. Get to know what guidelines different publishers have, their standards and topics they prefer as well as those they will have nothing to do with.
You are now ready to begin with the planning of your romantic tale. Decide on the characters you will have; the hero and heroine. Decide on the basic plot of your novel and the theme. You will have to carry out thorough research to ensure that your plot is credible. Researching will help you include real facts and places as well as help the reader understand the theme better.
Having gone through all the above simplified processes of how to write a romance novel you should be better prepared to write.
Romance novels are mostly read when you are young. But it is not necessary that you should read such romance filled novels only when you are in teens or in twenties. Rather you should read them more in the middle age or old age. Why? Because by the time you reach this age you are more mature and has gone through several affairs, loaded with responsibilities, children and career and has simply lost the remembrance of how wonderful experience a pure romantic relationship is! Hence this is the right age to start reading romantic novels which can evolve more romantic ideas in you and make your marriage or any other relationship which has turned stale more happening.
Some other reasons why you should read such novels:
These novels are woven around two young or middle-aged people who are strongly attracted towards each other but owing to some misunderstandings or issues get separated but ultimately become one in the end. Such concept creates a hope in you to rejuvenate your lost love or inspire you to bridge the gap between you and your partner and come together once again.
They are very inspirational and motivating for those who have lost faith in love and romance. Love is the gift of Lord Almighty. But not everyone gets it easily. Sometimes, to obtain this precious blessing you need to cross difficult odds and obstacles. Too much obstacles can cause you to loose hope in love. But, reading novels on romance can reinstate this faith and motivate you to try more and fulfill your aspirations.
Reading romantic novels gives sheer pleasure. Those of you who are really looking for a fresh and entertaining pass time, can read these novels as not only do they keep you bounded they also make you feel happy after the book is complete. After all, who does not love happy endings?
They also throw light on the thinking and perspectives of men and women. Many times you fail to understand the feelings of your partner or spouse due to which crisis arises. Reading these novels help you understand the peculiarity of situational feelings and thinking and you are then able to understand your loved one much better.
It makes you believe that as long as you are alive and are capable of loving, romance can happen any time. This is a big boost for the young and adults alike which very early in life have lost faith in romance due to bitter experiences.
Whatever the reason may be but these wonderful romantic novels are read worldwide by everyone. Although the choice differs as per your personality, you have innumerable novels on romance written by reputed author to choose from. Pick up the one which you like the best and enter into the world of romance. It is always advisable to read the paperback so that you get a hint of what is inside. Be it any day or month or a year, romance novels can be read by everyone and at any time.
Ask yourself the question. The decision is really yours to make. If you procrastinate you have already made a decision to put it off. Be positive. Get out of the place where the majority of people are sitting and do it. Surveys suggest that over 80% of people believe they could write a book but never do. Break the cycle this year! Surprise your friends and family with a new talent.
What will writing bring you? The answer to the question depends on many things. However, should you finally publish your work, you would be proud of an achievement that relatively few people can legitimately claim. You might become a best-selling author with your own television show or you might revel in your own accomplishments. If you think you can do it, get on with it. The best time to start is now!
You might find that you get a penchant for more travel. You need locations for your novels and the more exotic the location, the more interesting your stories will become. Take your camera with you when you travel and take random photographs. Let the richness of your life come through in your writing.
When I travel, I photograph all kinds of places including street signs so that when I write I can accurately describe directions in places that I am not very familiar. People also provide me inspiration when I travel.
My advice is to start writing. I did several years ago. Tired of wasting time watching boring shows on television I sat in front of my computer and started by first novel. (Please note – I do find many interesting shows on television). I chose to write fiction because I could be loose with the facts and let my mind wander. The challenge was to create a credible story line. The first page was easy and then I had a blank so I did something else. The following day, I came up with more ideas and this is how it went until three months later I had written almost 70,000 words.
I choose to write novels that weight less than 500 grams when posted because I sell them online and from internet sites. You might prefer to sell from bookshops. It does not matter at this stage how you are going to market your work. The important thing is to turn your dream into reality.
It only takes a few minutes to start the novel-writing process that can consume your spare time for years to come.
Consider the other benefits which could include a residual income. A few minutes of thinking might give you the impetus that you need to become the best writer that you can be!
The game of persistence: As writers we all think that our storyline, sentence structure and grammar is the best and it is only when we come up against an editor or critic that we are told that what we have written is either an illiterate mess, or amateurish and not to give up your day job. So if you are convinced that this is not so then who has the right to decide that which we have spent hours researching and correcting is unfit to be published?
If I told you that my latest novel was brilliant piece of fiction and you have to buy it, would you? No, you wouldn’t because you do not know me and as far as you are concerned I have no writing credibility. However, if a newspaper columnist or well-known book critic or even a famous presenter of a television program told you that a particular novel was a brilliant piece of fiction, would you buy it? The probable outcome is that you would, based on their recommendations, but what do they know about your taste in books? Very little, in fact not a thing. So what is the difference between the two?
How many of us have read books by a well known author on the recommendation of a friend, book club, critic or press release only to find that the book we are supposed to be excited about is, as far as you are concerned, a boring excuse for a novel.
Do well known writers survive because of their first success or because of publicity? You can compare it to the older entertainers who still keep appearing on our screens simple because of their past successes. If they had to start again, along with their aging skills, then many of them would be complete failures.
So what makes one book or story any better than the next? Is it the storyline, or prose or something else? Does a writers first book lay a solid foundation on which to build upon for the next? How often have you read a story or novel and you enjoy the read only to learn later on that the book is viewed as a secondary work of art and will never be a best seller.
Why does one person have the right to veto the work of another person when they are expressing only their own opinion. The power of the written word has many users and non-more so than newspaper editors who can skillfully blend and bend a story to have a totally different meaning.
So are there many award winning novels dwelling in a forgotten folder, on some ones computer or a long forgotten manuscript stuffed carelessly in a drawer? The answer is yes there are, so how do you get them noticed and into print? Knowing the right people may help, submitting the manuscript to hundreds of publishers might help. If you are determined to be successful then you have to employ the good old standby called persistence. Use it to get your book out there and do not give up, without persistence you will not even have a chance of survival or success as a novelist.
To quote Mark Twain: The miracle, or the power, that elevates the few is to be found in their industry, application, and perseverance under the prompting of a brave, determined spirit.
Men say that women say they want it bigger to get the maximum effects. Women say it is not really the size that matters but how the man uses it. The “He Said, She Said” on the opinion of getting the penis bigger will always result to a very active discussion and debate on the effectivity of the size of the penis. Take for example the erotica novels, a genre that is always used by men as the “truth” to women’s fantasies. All these books talk about larger penises and alien configuration. Well, gentlemen, the truth is, these erotica novels and those X-rated movies enjoyed and viewed are exactly what they are called: fantasies of a highly active mind.
There is truth to the idea that there are really penis enlargement pills like SizeGenetics that work. Some of them work alone; some of them have to be used with penis extender gadgets. Are these safe? The answer really depends on the product that is used. In truth, there are a lot of scam products out there which can give undesirable side effects. But these products will continue to be sold for these are very popular among men and women who are not satisfied with the size of the penis. When using these pills and gadgets together, think of it as giving the penis a workout program, diet and the ‘stretching equipment’ needed to build up the muscles. Yes! Muscles! The penis is made up of muscle tissues so it is very logical to work it out the proper way and that way are the extender gadgets used alongside the pills. There are quite a few products out there which have been rated at the top of the list for the effective results in increasing the size and girth of the penis for up to four inches.
Now gentlemen, the question of getting the penis bigger is resolved, there are pills and gadgets to increase the size of penis, however one question still remains. If you have the equipment, women will always wonder: would you know how to use it? Remember, size is not everything and nothing can be more painful and uncomfortable to a woman than a man who does not know how to use a long and big penis.