To be honest, I love writing action scenes. For me, they are my second favourite thing to write - after dialogue (yes, I know, most people hate dialogue but hey ho, I guess I'm just weird!). I love writing them because I like to see the way it changes my writing style compared to other areas of the book. I use shorter sentences, less flowery words and go for more hard hitting, heart-in-your-throat vocabulary. I also love for drama to unfold in an action sequence as well, and if you read my books (shameless plug!) then you'll know that I love mixing it with witty banter as well. But when I approach and action scene, these are the things I think about.
Generally I will try to address all of these things in the plotting stage, as making changes in the plotting stage is a heck of a lot easier than when you've already written the scene. In the Then when I'm happy with my plot, what I'll do is map out blow-for-blow how the action will happen and some banter that might come as a result. Then I will try and write the scene actually in the plot. When it comes to the first draft most of it will change, but it allows me then to focus on the thrill, emotion and fluidity of the read rather than the skeletal structure of the action which makes for a more cohesive first draft. But hey, that's just my method. Everyone should experiement to find what works for them.
Any who that's all from me this week. I hope you all had positive and productive weeks. I'll see you all next week where I'll show you my YALC haul! :)
Choosing the right narrator is extremely important. It defines how your reader will receive your story and determine a lot of factors and techniques that you can use to tell that story. It will strategically affect your style of writing in many different ways, both for the better and for the worse. All of which I discuss below!
So that's my take on Narrators! What do you think? Do you agree? Do you disagree? Let me know your thoughts. And as I plugged in my video, you can now pre-order my book at the link below. I will be doing a cover reveal in September which I absolutely can't wait for!
I hope you guys have positive and productive weeks and I'll see you next time. Bye!
As if this task wasn't monsterous enough, I also had a full time job to do as well, on top of working on my release in November. For those of you who don't know (shameless plug right now) I have a book called Undercover Thief coming out on November 19th 2019, and I'm currently working really hard arranging on marketing, give aways, appearances, interviews and other things that will all be announced in the coming months! However, I digress from the point of this blog post!
Now, in recent months I'd been feeling as though I hadn't been doing much writing. I sat a series of intense exams in May, April was also really tough as I started a new position at work and had some other family things happening. This really cut into my writing time, and for me writing is one of the key things I do to combat my depression, so I was really beginning to feel the effects.
My decision was to do the complete opposite of going cold turkey and I committed to a challenge that would force me to write everyday and focus on writing every day and see what that brought about. The results are below!
So (SPOILER ALERT), I managed it! I know, I can barely believe it. I'm sat here writing this blog post knowing that I'm already a quarter of the way through the edits I want to do too, plus I now have half a fully fleshed out plot for book two. My mind is blown!
If you guys enjoyed this video or this kind of challenge/vlogging then please let me know and I'd be more than happy to do more of it. I am thinking of sharing some more planning videos with you guys, as in how I plan my days/weeks/months as a young professional who wants to become a full time author. If that would interested you please let me know! As always guys I hope you have positive and productive weeks and I'll see you next week.
Now I love love. I have said it before and I no doubt will say it over and over again in the future. For the last two weeks we have picked apart some of the behaviors that really annoy me in fiction that I've read recently. But I had enough with complaining, today we're going to get to fixing.
Writing about relationships can be hard if you've never been in one. Particularly if you don't have any healthy relationships to model off from in your life. This is why the portrayal of relationships in books and media is so important, because they can have such a profound impact on the lives of your readers. So here are a couple of things that I believe it's important to include when writing about relationships.
It's also important to note here that *ahem* writing about healthy relationships is SEXY! The relationship you're writing about doesn't need to be this grand forbidden love or some kind of toxic relationship or abusive situation for it to be unique or interesting. In fact, I would say that those situations are rather boring and often written in very similar ways. It's the healthy, unique relationships that bring out the different aspects of a character's personality that are so incredibly sexy, and make me root for a couple.
So with no more witter here is the video.
So those are my tips. Consent, Communication, Respect, Forgiveness and Happiness. Those are the five big things that signal to your reader that a relationship is healthy and functioning and provides both parties with something good in their lives.
What do you think? Do you think I've missed anything off? Do you disagree? Also I would love to read some books where you've seen some good examples of this. I personally love the Percy and Annabeth relationship in the cross over series that came after the original series. There are moments in that series that demonstrate just what joy and comfort they find in each other, and that's wonderful to read about particularly in a YA book.
I hope you all have positive and productive weeks this week and I'll see you all next time for another video where I'll be sharing a Girl Boss Goals Video where I tried to write a whole book in 30 days!
Now I love a good romantic plot in fiction. Emphasis on the word good. But sometimes, in the name of appealing to the masses or looking for a sell-able angle, novels slip into tropes that they think will get books racing off the shelves. This in itself isn't a problem, I totally understand that marketing books is getting more and more difficult, however, in the name of marketing these romances, a few irritating common occurrences has cropped up.
I talk about them in more detail below.
So those are some of the common tropes that I find irritating. Like I always say on this channel, it's a little hit and miss. I think that it's always incredibly easy to give big sweeping statements, but the truth is that each situation is unique. I am always open to seeing old tropes done up in new, interesting and thought provoking ways. It's one of the beauties of art.
Do you think I missed any tropes out? Do you agree or disagree with what I said? Let me know in the comments sections and as always guys I hope you have positive and productive weeks. Until next time. Bye!
This week we're talking about dangerous and unhealthy trends that I've seen cropping up a lot recently, and I explain why I think they're dangerous. This video gets a little bit more serious in places than some of my other videos, however I thought it was an important topic to discuss. I hope you guys agree with me, see what I mean below!
*Disclaimer* The video talks about stalking, obsessions and ignoring verbal rejection. If subjects like this make you uncomfortable please skip this video. I'd rather you were comfortable.
I hope you guys enjoyed this video. Please do let me know if you agree, disagree, have something to add. Comments are always open an I love hearing from people who have seen my videos. Do you think I left out another crucial behaviour that's been cropping up recently. Are there books that you would have loved if these behaviours hadn't been introduced? I want to get into all the chatter.
Until next week, I hope you all have positive and productive weeks!
There are lots and lots of examples of this type of character in media, but the long and short of it is that this character is rather funny, and unexpectedly possesses phenomenal powers that display themselves in rather fantastic ways, often during the middle of a crazy fight scene. They are the perfect mix of hilarious and extremely cool, and shockingly people seem to enjoy that combination (crazy right?)
Any who the video is below.
So that is today's video! I hope that you liked it. If you did please let me know because I will then endeavor to talk more about specific types of characters in fiction. Honestly, as you know, I'm not a huge fan of using character archetypes in stories, because they just don't feel real to me, but I'm more than happy to talk about common threads that I see appearing more and more in fiction.
Any who, that's all from me. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Can you think of some other golden examples of this character? Can you point to examples where this character simply doesn't work? Let's get chatting and as always have a positive and productive week. Bye!
I noticed the other day, after managing to put my foot in my mouth again, that the main characters from my favourite novels rarely seem to suffer from human error (an affliction that is fairly prevalent in my life). For a writer that loves the feeling of realism from reading, that seems like such a glaring thing to be left out of fiction as it’s a huge slither of real life.
So that is my take on the situation. What do you think? Do you agree or disagree? Also, I’d be interested in hearing of any examples where characters really have just miscalculated. Let me know in the comment section. I always love a book related chat and am always open to new ideas. How else can I improve?
I hope you all have positive and productive weeks and I’ll see you all next week for another Book Chatter Post. Bye!
Now hold on, before you start to raise your eyebrows at me, I am NOT saying this scenario is a guarantee for good writing or that it’s my favourite thing to see in fiction. Far from it. What I AM saying is that, when this situation is explored properly you can see some really interesting dynamics get thrown into the light. Anyway, enough of my wittering, onto the video!
So today we're talking about Not-So-Strong Female Characters, essentially the tropes that can crop up when people attempt to write strong female characters. Now it's totally important that people write about Strong Female Characters, i would love to see them more in fiction both in books and on the screen. I would also like to see more women in STEM, but that's a whole other kettle of fish! However, it's not always easy and sometimes people get things wrong and this is me trying to surmise the pit falls that people can fall into! Enjoy
So that's my list! What do you think? Now it's not to say that if you have fallen into one of these traps that you're a bad writer. Absolutely not! Writing is HARD, and no one is perfect straight out of the gate. It takes practice to write compelling and complex characters.
I hope you guys have enjoyed this if you have please like, share and comment letting me know as we all know I adore feedback! I hope you all have positive and productive weeks and I'll see you all soon. Bye!
Welcome to my blog! Here is the first place to find out about new events and releases! Along the way I share a few funny little stories from my life. I hope you like my ramblings as much as I enjoy sharing them!
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