Month: July 2014
Reverse Psychology: It was common practice to tell an aspiring author to write the way they would want to read what was written. This was done in an effort to try to keep the writer focused on craft as they wrote. Using the most prominent tool they had; which was reading up until the point of them completing a novel. It was a prescription for proper presentation of words to the reader.
You tell an aspiring author that today. You may see a novel that appears to have been written in shorthand. We might have to reverse the psychology; and teach our children how to read again. Before we teach them how to write.
I need a map of my character’s ranch
An ongoing trend for fiction and fantasy novels is having a map for the reader to follow along with, just after the title page in the book. It is also very helpful for the author and the development of their fictional world.
When I first started writing my young adult fantasy novel, MER, I was like “A map seems way too difficult.” But I REALLY wanted one. And despite my inhibitions, I dove in head first. Hell or high-water I was going to have a map for my book, even if it meant handing my two-year-old a paper and crayons, and calling the scribbles my map. (Hey that’s not such a bead idea! Hahaha!)
I’m going to talk a little about my experience with creating my map for MER, soon to be released in late December, along with other methods of either creating or obtaining your map. And don’t…
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