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Character History

So in case you haven't already noticed, I'm doing a very quick, very brief overview of the main points of story creation. Once I've hit most, if not all, of the highs, I'll then proceed to give more in-depth analysis according to my own experience. Please to do not take anything I say as "law", I'm still learning myself. I can, however, present the theories that I have established in my years as an undergrad and graduate student in accordance to what does and doesn't work.
And now, Character.
After World Building, the characters you create are the most important part of the story. You could have the world's most generic and over-used plot, but with good, strong, and engaging characters almost no one will notice, and those that do won't care. The best way to accomplish this is to create characters that people can relate to while still keeping them unique. So how do you start? With the obvious.
The first thing anyone notices about another human bei…
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Become a World Builder

World Building is the root of every good story. You might have the greatest characters in the world, the best plot ever conceived, and the freshest, most riveting writing style known to man, but if your world doesn't make sense then, I promise, no one is going to care. 
Now a lot of people may think that World Building only applies to science fiction or fantasy, genres in which the characters live on a completely different planet or time period and have laser guns or magic or starships or dragons (or all of the above!), but that isn't true. World Building is just more obvious in those settings. Believe it or not, it is actually more difficult to build a believable story taking place in 1929 New York City than a high fantasy taking place in a magical world called Sedalia (at least, it is for me). I'll explain why. 
Let's say that Sedalia is a world where a person's magic is determined by the state of their hair. Long hair of good quality would produce better magic tha…

In the Beginning

Writing doesn't begin with the writing, it begins with the idea. Before you can write about Susie Stalino and her Casino Boys you have to figure out who Susie Stalino is. How old is she? What color is her hair? Who is her favorite singer/dancer/writer/etc.? Is she open and happy or quiet and reserved? What made her that way? And what about her Casino Boys? Are they actually boys or are they men? How many of them are there? Why is Susie the leader and the boys are just "her Casino Boys"?
So you decide that Susie is a bottle-blonde with curly hair that used to work as a chorus girl in Las Vegas before she was accused of embezzling money. Even though she was innocent, Johnny Bottle needed a patsy and poor Susie was it. When Susie can't return the money she didn't steel, James "the Smokes" Dennison kills her husband and two kids and burns their house to the ground. On her path to revenge, Susie meets up with three street urchins that she takes in and teach…

Stormlight 3: Oathbringer Predictions

So this is supposed to be a blog about writing, but it's also my blog so that means I can write and post whatever I want ^-^

I wanted to wait until the book was almost through at least the first draft, but not finished, so that I would have the best chance of saying I was right without being accused of knowing ahead of time. Assuming, of course, I'm right. Brandon Sanderson has this fabulous ability to throw me for a loop as his books rarely go in a direction I can wholly predict. Still, it's fun trying.

Now, without further adieu, my predictions:

Major Character Plot Points:

Dalinar: We'll learn about Dalinar's Boon and Curse from the Nightwatcher (that's not a prediction, that's just a fact. The flashbacks are, after all, in his POV) but my prediction is that his Boon was to forget his wife and his Curse was to forget that he asked to forget his wife. I don't think he'll regain any memories of his wife, but he'll probably learn more about who s…

Things I Wish I'd Known BEFORE I Became A Writer...

Everyone can write. It's actually rather easy to just stick a bunch of words together and call it a story. But not everyone can write well, right away. It takes time, effort, and dedication to hone your craft from a collection of words into a masterpiece of language.

Learning how to write well is a depressing notion. You have to learn grammar and spelling and structure and scene and dialogue and character and plot and showing vs. telling and exposition and any number of other things that you never notice when you read because the author is a master at hiding how much effort it actually takes.

Writing is time consuming and frustrating, because there are times when you'll make it halfway through a novel only to realize you have to start over because what you've written doesn't mesh with what you want to write. It's heartbreaking and terrifying because the first time you finish a story--of whatever length--and hand it over to a friend or a parent or a sibling to read …