When it comes to understanding the main character, a lot of times it’s difficult to near impossible to figure out what characteristics are actually “likable” and what characteristics are despised by readers.
Honestly, this doesn’t vary much from genre to genre, and quite frankly, it doesn’t vary from male characters to female characters.
Will there be some subtleties in how likability is executed from a female character to a male character? Of course, there are some keys that will ensure that your readers won’t roll their eyes at the characters you’ve developed.
So, THE GIRL WITH THE SCAR is set to be released soon, though my publisher has not given me an official release date as of yet.
In the meantime, I would like to invite everyone to get a taste of some shorts and a few snippets here and there. Bear in mind that THE GIRL WITH THE SCAR is written from the point of view of Genevieve Solace, a fifteen year-old sheltered girl in the southern planes of Kalarn.
The White Wolf is a $ 0.99 short story that introduces one of the novel’s main characters as he is set to make his move to find the one whom he has been searching. Enjoy!
Currently I have taken on another endeavor: book reviews!
One of the most enjoyable parts of writing is connecting writers to writers and discussing all things writing. The actual art has been fulfilling / liberating for me in so many ways, I feel that true writers need to be able to express their inner-author.
My hope is take this passion and review published books (self-published or traditionally-published).
For all the fantasy / thriller / sci-fi people out there, this post should be helpful — something to aid you in sorting out an intense battle sequence. If you’re anything like me, whenever I think about a large-scale fight, I tend to cringe. In fact, in The Pioneers Saga, there are several of such sequences, and there were times in my writing where I found myself skipping the fight scene so that I could get on to something that was a stronger writing point for me.
HOW TO PORTRAY OTHER CHARACTERS’ EMOTIONS IN FIRST PERSON
We’ve discussed the advantages to both FP and TP for the past few days. There are other POVs to consider such as third-person limited and third-person narrative, but being able to write well in either FP or TPO will provide the necessary skills for these other two POVs.
Today I would like to show the art at which other characters’ emotions are displayed through FP. The key element to keep in mind whenever you are writing in FP is to remember not to be a PSYCHIC (a post from earlier this week).
Few novels have been able to successfully use FP and TP. Why? Because it gets too confusing. There are essentially two people telling the story. Or it could be that your FP POV narrator is the one explaining the events as they happened to him.
Either way, this technique is possible, but great tact must be taken.
What is third-person omniscient (TPO)? Well, it is a very unique style where the writer has the privilege of knowing everything about the world that has been created. The reader can actually listen to the thoughts of as many characters as the writer deems necessary.
There are some drawbacks to TPO. Just because the author knows everything, there still can be some omniscient violations. It’s not a good practice to switch the POV from several different characters within the same scene. Why? Simply put, it’s hard to follow, and the emotions of the characters are not experienced as fully. Continue reading →
I want to write a few blogs about the importance of choosing your point-of-view. Perspective is tough whenever we’re writing a story because we need to figure out which of our characters is capable of best telling the story. Some characters’ insights are irrelevant, and some characters are too immediate. Continue reading →