Different writes for different people

  How do you write?  I have been noticing while reading other people’s work and listening to what others read, books differ not just from point of view but from the way it was written.  For this topic though, I will compare two books in third person point of view.  The books are not important but the way they are read are. 

            One book has it based by the main character, or by the main character.  There might be other main characters, but it is almost like first person, just that it is well third.  Basically it stays in that characters area, and doesn’t spread out.

            The other book is based on multiple characters and each character has their own story.  So character A is on a journey to Mount Olympus, while the other character maybe his sister, is learning that life is hard without her brother.  They are still mixed but, could really stand apart if they had to be.

            The pro’s and cons could vary in each type, other readers like different ways.  One might like the story being complex, and multiple settings.  They might like to know what the evil vampire is up to now.  While someone else can come over and read the same work, and be dragged through that.  Then on the other side, a reader could love be in this characters head, and knowing what the environment around her is doing, it might be said this could be easily a first person story. 

            Here’s the kicker though when you are writing, can you bounce from character to character, and stay in character.   Yes, I just used three characters in one sentence.   When I first started my book, I tried to bounce around, and around to get the reader to know the whole story.  I then found out I was making the story to complex, and to many bounces.  I erased the evil character side of the story, and now focus on the five main characters. 

            Now the question is, as a writer, what do you prefer to write, as a reader what do you prefer to read?  Is there a right way and a wrong way?    You won’t learn if you don’t expand your brain, so share your thoughts, and hit the comment button!

Published in: on April 26, 2010 at 03:32  Leave a Comment  

The Last Distraction

 The day started like any other day that I had to go to work as a public safety officer.  I hate mornings and try to only do things at night.  Well now I am sitting here writing an article instead of real work and not reading a book I want to read from Blaze, Take Me If You Dare, by Candace Havens.  
           I have been trying to read her book now for awhile, due to reading her paranormal series featuring the Caruthers sisters, they were excellent short reads.  It really showed how an author can get to the point without boring the reader.  Who can resist a strong sexy female group (don’t forget I am a male)?
            I am not writing this article because of the awesome books she writes, but writing about how I keep putting things in my way.  I am still trying to finish my first book on the writing part.  I should just finish it and stop thinking about other things.  I keep getting sidetracked. I know it is common to get sidetracked, but really everyone out there needs to slow things down, one thing at a time.  If I am up on a tee box, I am not thinking about the next shot or the next hole.  I am thinking about the one thing I need to do right now.  Put the ball in this spot and that is it.  Yeah before the shot I might consider where the best second shot will be, but that is all planned out, and now I need to concentrate on one thing and that one thing is hitting the ball where I want it.  In writing we have the pre shot routine, but sometime we get going to fast, or to slow and we never actually leave the pre-shot routine.  I was trying to write an outline for each chapter, and that got me bored.  In my opinion the whole book plot should be outlined or you let the characters work them out.  All the fine details come in during the natural swing.  You don’t need to think about it right now. 
            Sometimes though, we do end up get distracted by noise, and the biggest mistake in golf is if the noise enters the mind, most golfers just hit the ball and then the ball goes someplace that you don’t want it to be.  Same in writing, sometimes in the middle of the story you need to stop, if you get distracted by a movie or another book we are reading, we sometimes accidently mix the two stories up.  I didn’t understand when Candace Havens, wrote me and said, “Write as fast as you can.”  I now understand that the faster it goes less distractions come in the way.  Then Dr. Stacia D. Kelly told me almost the same bit of advice but more to it.  The end of her saying was something to the effect of, “the editing process is where you get to fine tune the story.” 
            If you go with what the authors have said, the next time you write, you should finish faster, and be happier with your work.  On a side note, yes I love that I again got to compare writing to golf.

Published in: on April 18, 2010 at 03:33  Leave a Comment  

my first book review, enjoy!

In the last month I have read just one book.  I enjoy reading at a slow pace.  I read slow, and try to write fast.  That becomes challenging at times, but anyway the book I read was What A Dragon Should Know, by G.A. Aiken.  This is her third book from the Dragon Kin series, and it is highly recommended that one should read the first book of the series, which is titled Dragon Actually.  Otherwise it might get confusing with who is who in the book and these books I don’t believe could stand alone.
            This book tells about a dragon that lives in another world and is considered to be pretty much a male whore in his dragon family.  Of course he ends up meeting his love in the book, and several sub-plots are put throughout the story.  This is recommended to readers that love medieval times, which include strong stubborn males, and intelligent, strong females.  
            If you want to read a little bit more about it please visit this site at http://gaaiken.com/shouldknow.php.

Published in: on April 12, 2010 at 03:34  Leave a Comment