Write Help…When Introducing Characters

Something I recently learned was that introducing characters can be intimidating, especially for writers that are just starting out.

It can be hard to decide when is the proper moment to bring a new person into your tale, I’ve noticed a lot of new writers tend to rush it. They introduce everyone at once, sometimes even at the very start. 

The problem with this is it doesn’t give us time to step into the world of the novel. Instead it reads like a bad textbook or worst a bad list. It can end up being an immediate turn off for a reader.

The core of the issue is often that a writer will get so excited about the climax of the tale they will rush everything else, but the first pages of the novel are what tell a reader if they are going to continue reading or not. If they are not drawn into the story in the beginning then they will not care what happens in the middle of the story because they will have already moved on.

In the excitement of starting something new, we all can try to rush things because we want to get to the finished product. But when we do this we miss out on learning about our style, our own creativity and the project we are doing. 

The same can be applied when writing a novel if we rush things we will miss out on the important descriptive details, world-building and character building. If we rush things we can end up losing sight of why we started writing in the first place.

Has this ever happened to you?

If so maybe you need to step back from your project and ask yourself question:

Why do you write (or create)?

If it’s for fame and fortune such things often come to those who have put forth effort and time.

& if it’s for creating something that you wish for others to enjoy, then get to know your craft. When writing, spend time really getting to know the setting your story is in. Then imagine your characters in the normal day-to-day lives, think about what their habits are and their hopes & dreams.

In the end I think we all want to write (or create) something that we wish was already out there for ourselves…something we’ve yearned for.

If this is true of you, isn’t it worth the time to truly get to know your craft well?

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Bookworm: The Tales I Am Reading

I thought I would let you all know what I am reading right now.

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(Photo credit to: me, via my Instagram)

“Beyond the Red” is the debut novel for one of my favorite bloggers, Ava Jae.

I’m only a couple of chapters in but the world-building is amazing and the character development has you caring from the very beginning.

The Goodreads Summary:

A story of betrayal, love, and loss—all on a technologically advanced alien planet where monarchy reigns, but lies rule.Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. She’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a mounting uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to help her rule, she’s determined to protect her people from her brother’s would-be tyrannical rule.Eros is a rebel soldier hated by aliens and human alike for being a half-blood. But that doesn’t stop him from defending his people—at least until Kora’s soldiers raze his camp and take him captive. He is given an ultimatum: be an enslaved bodyguard to Kora, or be executed for his true identity—a secret kept even from him.When Kora and Eros are framed for the attempted assassination of her betrothed, they flee. Their only chance of survival is to turn themselves in to the high court, where revealing Eros’s secret could mean a swift public execution. But when they uncover a violent plot to end the human insurgency, they must find a way to work together to prevent genocide.

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“Infatuation of a Merman” by: Scarlel

The 2nd tale that has made the top of my list is, “Infatuation of a Merman” on Wattpad.

It truly surprised me and taught me to not always judge a book by its title. The author has done quite a good job at world building. It’s set on a planet where the water is feared for within its depths the man-eating mer-people reside. But there is one girl that is not afraid of the water, for that’s where her friends the fish swim and play. She can speak to the sea creatures and she feels safe with them. One day though her gift betrays her and that’s when everything changes.

The Wattpad summary:

They lure you into the waters, twisting their haunted melody. 
You don't feel a thing as you drown into the sea, 
unaware of your new deathbed. 
Only once they sink their teeth into your soft skin will you feel the agony 
and realize your mistake. 
They are mermaids, the ones who leave nothing but bones in their wake. 
They're the reason everyone abides by the unwritten rule: 
Never go near the ocean. 
Everyone except Nyx, a human with the ability to talk to fish, 
who ignores all these warnings. 
But her peace is shattered when she encounters a merman, 
the flesh eating fish of the sea. 
Soon she's about to realize that there are no such thing as allies; 
only enemies. 
And this flesh eater will do anything to ensure that he stays 
the only threat to her heart.

Special Post: “Prisoner of Glass”Review

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“Prisoner of Glass”, by: Tempest C. Avery

 

Summary from Goodreads.com: “If anyone had ever asked Delaney Grace what her plans were after high school, she certainly wouldn’t have answered, “getting kidnapped”. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happens. As if that wasn’t enough, turns out the man kidnapping her isn’t a local. He’s from another planet. In a twisted case of mistaken identity, Delaney is taken to a foreign world where she’s forced to pretend to be an alien princess. If she can pull it off long enough for the real princess to be found, she’ll get to go home, if she doesn’t, she risks enslaving the entire human race. Tricking the princess’s betrothed, Trystan, isn’t going to be easy, but not falling for Ruckus, her accidental kidnapper, might be an even bigger feat. Especially when the three of them get caught up in a deadly game of truth or dare. Will Delaney be able to pull off the acting job of a lifetime, or will she ultimately be the cause of a massive war? One the human race most likely won’t survive.”

I had the privilege of getting to read this book for free via paperbackreviewer.com.

The “Prisoner of Glass” had the quite the effect on me. I find in our busy lives it can be hard to get pulled into the different worlds within books sometimes. At least that’s how it’s been for me of late. But this book reawakened the bookworm in me, it pulled me in and didn’t let me go until the end when I was left gaping at the last sentence.

I wrote two separate reviews for the book. I didn’t know which to pick, so I decided on both.

  1. The Straight to the Point Review: The beginning of “The Prisoner of Glass” felt like it lagged a bit. The introduction of the MC and her best friend seemed to be drag on for a bit before the inciting incident of the story occurred.
    At the inciting incident, the kidnapping, I had moments where all I could think about was why the MC was not screaming and fighting harder to get away instead of staring at the unabashed beauty of her kidnapper. Once on the ship the MC’s character seemed to awaken and along with her so did I as the reader. Soon I was hooked and I finished the book in less than two days.
    Thinking back on the overall book, I think what struck me most was the author’s ability to hint at a well-known cliche, but then turn it completely around.
    At first, the fact that pretty much all the characters were gorgeous really bugged me; but Tempest did a great job of creating good characters behind those distracting facades.
    They all had depth, which any reader can greatly appreciate.
    Despite a couple of grammatical errors here and there the book was a really good read. I can’t wait for the sequel.
  2. A Fan’s Review: The book creates a high.
    If I posted a review the night, or rather morning, when I finished it I would have ended up sounding like a rambling fan girl.
    It had so many of the moments that I love in books.
    Moments where I shout, “What the heck are you doing?”
    And other moments when my cheeks would redden in embarrassment when I could see myself mirrored in the character’s actions.
    “Seriously you couldn’t wait ten more minutes to do that.”
    I would chastise when they would take an ill moment for an intimate moment,
    “Anyone can see you!”
    But that’s how the author gets you,
    She gets you to care and before you know it, you want the end but dread it,
    For you know the end won’t sate you…
    No you will just more.
    At least that is how it was for me.

In the end, the final review comes down to this.
” Did I enjoy it?” Or “Did I NOT enjoy it?”

This book ticked off the first box for me and I can’t wait for the sequel.

For I must know what happens next.

Thank you Tempest C. Avery for giving me the opportunity to read and review your book!