Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tying up Loose Ends...

How many times have you watched a tv show or movie or read a book and decided the ending didn't live up to the rest of the story?
It's important when crafting a novel, and especially a series, to have the ending worth waiting for.

As I work through edits of my own novels I realize that with eight books culminating in a final few scenes, the  plot and sub plots need to tie up in a satisfactory manner.

As previously mentioned in this  blog, some authors write off the cuff, letting the story take them on an adventure. Others meticulously work out each scene, chapter, conflict and resolution before they start writing.

I have found a middle of the road scheme works for me. I like to know how things finish up and what skills, life changing moments and challenges need to be overcome before or during the final conflict. 

With eight books to work with, and a final challenge driving my hero through each adventure, the need to do some plotting is essential.

Still... It's a lot of fun.

 Characters still take on their own life. They do not necessarily behave the way I expect in a scene. 

Before writing any given scene, knowing the stimulus, the reactions and the outcome is important, but I do work through each character's reaction, before putting pen to paper. 

Each character is driven by personal motivation. Not necessarily for or against the protagonist.

 They will each have their own agenda for being in the story. These should tie in with the overall theme, the main character's progression through learning processes and perhaps a sub plot that involves the secondary character in the main character's challenges.

Sounds confusing. In short... if you have a story itching to make its way onto paper, whichever means works for you, embrace it. 

Once you have your manuscript completed, there is plenty of time to go through it and tighten plots, cull characters who don't add to the over all scheme of things and correct any obvious plot holes or devices that might crop up. 


Making sure every sub plot, every unresolved challenge and every character has a role, is vital to give the readers a satisfactory story. So, tie up the loose ends or your plot will unravel. Take notes if you need, plot, write off the cuff, but make sure you tell the whole story and ensure your readers feel as if they have shared the adventure and not missed a trick.

Now, I have just completed going through the final galley for INVADED: The Darkest Day... a new adventure for Caleath.

 Book Five in the series, but a stand alone adventure that comes five years after the final battle in EXILED: The Battle for Enderseer Hold.


The Chronicles of Caleath are on Facebook... 

Book FIVE is now available from Museitup Publishing.

 Thanks, my name is Rosalie Skinner... I am the author of eight book sci fi fantasy series the Chronicles of Caleath and also an editor for Museitup Publishing. Thanks for your time.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Most Dangerous Game


(spoiler alert)

As a teen I really got into reading the classics. One of the short stories I fell in love with was The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell ©1924.

            There are a lot of reasons why this has become my favorite story. In fact, I’d say it must be a favorite of a lot of people the way its basic theme has been used in television shows (Reality TV), movies (Savages (1975),  The Naked Prey (1966), Surviving the Game (1994)) and books (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins).

 


One of the things I like about it is the way the main character, Rainsford, changes from the know-it-all hunter insisting that Jaguars have no feeling beyond instinct, to knowing what being hunted actually feels like. The character of General Zaroff is interesting in his lack of humanity. He sees hunting men as sport born out of boredom in his life. He even goes so far as to purposely crash ships in order to obtain ‘game’ to hunt and classifies people as worthy or not. He seems to have developed a god complex, although there is some question by Connell about his being purely evil.

 


            The story is incredibly well-written with some of the best descriptions I’ve read. … "trying to peer through the dank, tropical night, it was palpable as it pressed its thick warm blackness in upon the yacht”; or …”a screen of leaves as thick as a tapestry”; …”black cigarette; its pungent incense-like smoke”; …”He lived a year in a minute”; the best is …”an apprehensive night crawled slowly by like a wounded snake and sleep did not visit Rainsford although the silence of a dead world was on the jungle.”



            The story is timeless. Although Connell references many things appropriate to his time-period, such as “mid-Victorian” attitude, Madame Butterfly, Folies Bergere, the over-all theme of man’s inhumanity to man is timeless. For many years this story has been studied by 14-15 year-olds in school literature classes.



            I love the way Connell chose to end the story. He didn’t describe the final battle, he didn’t even show Rainsford killing General Zaroff or tossing him from the window. All he did was suggest that “one of us will feed the dogs and sleep in this fine bed” then the final sentence stated: “He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided.” Classy.


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

THE MUSEITUP CHRISTMAS IN JULY HUNT HAS BEGUN:


MuseItUp Publishing is hosting a Christmas in July Hunt from July 9 - 23, 2012.

MuseItUp Christmas in July Hunt

DETAILS:
All you have to do is visit the participating authors websites/blogs (AUTHOR LINKS POSTED BELOW EACH COVER)
and locate the hidden christmas tree  in each of their sites. 
Then send me an email to:  publisher AT museituppublishing DOT com
*with the 15 authors' links where their trees were hidden (EX. AUTHOR'S PAGE, REVIEWS PAGE, BIO PAGE, ETC.)
*and your name

DURATION:
Begins on July 9 and ends July 23...no exceptions.

PRIZES: click on covers for more ebook details
Package One: a $25.00 gift certificate to MuseItUp Publishing's bookstore
Package Two: 10 EBOOKS
Package Three: 8 EBOOKS

But wait...there's more...


We want to thank everyone who continue to support our authors by adding a little something to say THANK YOU.
Everyone who participates will walk away with a prize.
Located in our Muse bookstore are 10 christmas trees. Find one of them and you win that ebook.
Only one free THANK YOU ebook per person. So if you want to locate all ten and pick and choose which ebook to win, go right ahead.
Send me the title of your free ebook to:  publisher AT museituppublishing DOT com and I'll send you your prize at the end of the month.

Winners will be announced at the end of July.
NOTE: Only one prize per person. Correct entries will go into a draw and three winners will be chosen to win one of our three packages. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

What Kind of Writer are You?

By YA Author Andrea Buginsky


There are many different kinds of writers. There are those that simply cannot work until they have a plan in mind of what they’re going to write, those that sit in front of their computers and begin hashing out a story from beginning to end, and those that write their stories in sections as ideas come to them. Let’s take a look at these different writers.

  • Outliners are writers that prefer to think ahead from the beginning of their story to the climax to the end, and outline the whole thing before they even start to write it. They use note cards, character trait sheets, storyboards, maps, and other tools available to them to keep handy while working on their first draft.
  • Pantsers are those writers who prefer to sit at their computer and just type. They’ll write their first drafts as ideas come to them, from the beginning all the way to the end. After they’re done with this sloppy first draft, they’ll go back and edit it several times, adding and deleting scenes as they see fit.
  • Sectionals are writers who simply write a section of their story at a time as it comes to them. The sections may not be written in order, so the writer will put the pieces of the puzzle together when it’s time to sit and write the first draft.

No matter what type of writer you are, you have to be comfortable with the way you work. Don’t let anyone tell you that you should be writing this way or that. Write the way that works best for you.

Andrea Buginsky is the author of:
MY OPEN HEART, an autobiography for adolescents growing up with heart disease or other chronic illnesses, and their parents.





THE CHOSEN, a YA fantasy