A Few Things About Character Development

Despite the fact that I’ve been doing this blog for several weeks, I’ve just now realized I haven’t yet done a single post on the development of characters. So, I figured I’d make several posts on the subject, each focusing on a different type of character (and their different roles in the story). But for this post, I figured I’d get into the basics on how to create characters in the first place.

First and foremost, it is important to remember that people are creatures of personality. Everyone has strengths, along with a few weaknesses thrown in the mix. For your main characters, you want them to have more redeeming qualities than you do negative ones. Are they reliable? Are they funny? Do they have anger issues? I’ve heard that 80/20 is a good ratio, unless you’re creating a villain.

Something else to remember is that every person has beliefs. What religion do they believe in? What does their politics look like? What offends them and why? Also, if the story is set in an alternate world, their beliefs will need to reflect on that. So if eating dogs is taboo in your world, how does the character in question respond to such an act? These kinds of things need to be kept in mind when writing the character.

These are just a couple of things that should help. I have more that will be posted about protagonists and antagonists (and other character types), but that’s all I’m posting for now.

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–N.L., 2017

 

 

A Review of CreateSpace’s POD Services

As those of you who follow me on Twitter will know, I received a package in the mail on Thursday that contained 4 copies of my novel, Kingslayer. This post will basically be a review of the printing services offered by the company I used, which is CreateSpace. Before I get to that, however, it is important to view the video of me opening the package. Sorry in advance if I seem a little awkward. I’m not much for cameras.

Assuming you’ve gone an watched the video, let’s just cut to the chase. I’m very pleased with the experience. As I said in the video, I’d say it’s 4 1/2 stars out of 5. In other words, I’m 90% pleased, which is pretty good. At first I said that as a bit of a random number, because it’s not going to be perfect; then I realized there was a bit of glue on the backs of a couple of the books.

So in other words, I’m still 90% impressed, only for a different reason. The binding is good, the matte cover is professional looking. Even the Canva cover I made for the book looks flawless. The bottom line is that if they had managed to print the 4 books, I’d give them a full 100% on this. I’m sure they’ll get it right in the future.

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–N.L., 2017

 

Politics in Fantasy

A few days ago, I posted about religion in fantasy, and how to create a fantastical religion. Well, today I’d like to do another world building blog and talk about creating a fantastical political system.

In order to understand how to do this, one must first understand how governments operate. Many of today’s government have three branches: the executive (or king), the legislature, and the courts. Even stories as out there as Star Wars have made up governments built out of these three branches, though the Imperial Senate was abolished in episode IV. That’s not to say you have to do it this way.

It really all depends on what you’re going for. Are you creating a theocracy? If so, do the gods in your world serve as the king, and do earthly priests serve as the legislature (if one even exists)? Are you creating a monarchy? If so, how is it different than the monarchies of Europe?

In order to answer these questions, it is important to research what kind of government you want your world to have. Kingslayer once had a legislature and a court system, but in the novel these things don’t exist anymore (and it’s therefore a dictatorship). Just some things to think about.

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–N.L., 2017

Dealing With Rejection

As some of you may know, I once had an earlier draft of Kingslayer published through a traditional press. But in order to get to that point, I had to submit the novel to countless other publishers, all of which rejected the book for one reason or another. Truth be told, I’ve lost count as to how many rejections I got from the book. So you may be wondering how I dealt with rejection.

The truth is, rejection isn’t easy for everyone. I got used to it pretty quickly, and I never lost any sleep over it. Some people do, however, which is why it’s important to talk about it. Every writer has been rejected at some point. Even Harry Potter was rejected by a handful of publishers, which is why it’s important to remember that a rejection doesn’t mean your story is crap; it just means that your story wasn’t right for that particular press. It happens.

The point is, don’t give up on being a writer just because you got a few rejections. Maybe the story you’re working on isn’t meant to be published, or maybe you’re just meant to self-publish. Just remember that a rejection isn’t an indictment on your skill as a writer. A publisher is a business, and therefore they are thinking about their bottom line. Anyone who says otherwise is a real bleeping idiot.

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–N.L., 2017

Writing While Under Emotional Distress

Unless you don’t typically read my blogs, you’ll notice I write mostly about writing in general or my own personal writings. I don’t typically write about what’s going on in my life, and that’s just the way it is. The truth is, I’m a very private person. But for this blog, I have to make an exception.

Those of you who’ve been following me will, without a doubt, know all about my novel Kingslayer and that I’m currently working on an epistolary novel as well. What you may not have noticed, however, is that my work on both those projects and my blog and Twitter posts have decreased significantly. I’ve begun missing scheduled blog posts, I haven’t been working on my new book, and the eBook edition of Kingslayer isn’t yet out.

The reason for this is because last week, my girlfriend of 6 1/2 years broke it off with me. I won’t go into details. She doesn’t deserve that. But rest assured we’re both good people; we just weren’t right for each other. What our breakup has meant, however, is that my writing is slower than usual, and I’m having to get used to writing while under emotional distress.

Some days it’s easy, while others… not so much. Some days I can’t do it at all. I feel like I’ll be able to get some done today, but we’ll see. The point is, writing while upset isn’t easy, and I’ve never been good at making myself write when I don’t feel motivated. But to those of you who are feeling like I am right now, perhaps for a different reason, the important thing is to be persistent, because the pain of today won’t last forever. I know my ex-girlfriend will find someone she’s meant to be with, and I won’t rest until I’ve found someone too. But even before that happens, I know I’ll get back to writing (which is a pretty good stress reliever).

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–N.L., 2017

Religion in Fantasy

In one of my previous blogs, I discussed the religious structure of my novel Kingslayer. And the truth is, creating an entire religion–whether based on real religions or not–is a huge undertaking. You have to decide what is ethical in accordance with its teachings, and you have to decide how the religion is organized, and so on and so forth.

The truth is, the hard part is deciding what the people of your world believe, because that will ultimately impact how your characters behave. What do they eat? How do they eat it? What do they wear? These are all questions you’ll have to ask yourself, aside from what goes on in the church (or other holy temple).

It should also be stressed that if your fantasy world has religion, there is likely to be disputes over how the religion ought to be practiced. This is a big part of Kingslayer, as a matter of fact.

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–N.L., 2017

Update On Kingslayer

As those of you who follow me on Twitter might know, the print edition of Kingslayer is now available on amazon. It can be purchased here. The eBook edition will be out as soon as possible, but I just wanted to let everyone who is interested know that it can now be purchased.

Anyway, that’s it for now. See you guys next time.

–N.L., 2017