Writing is awesome.

Haven’t you noticed :)? I have. From planning a plot to “The End” your characters stick right with you! I must thank my main character for not getting fed up with my continuous plot changes and characters getting added, deleted and edited (not saying she didn’t get fed up at all) to the point where my plot was miles away from where it started!

Oh, look. The Zemata (don’t blame me if I spelled it wrong) finding editor is finally working! Yay! Not that I even want to use it!!!!

Okay people: Just to get things straight, I haven’t just finished my book like you may think. I just thought up a new scene! Oh no, now my main character has an evil look on her face. AAAAAAHHHH!!!!!!

Bye!

The Protagonist isn’t always the Main Character

A main character, and a protagonist are NOT the same…all the time.Believe it. A main character is the center point of your book. The Protagonist is the main non-evil person of the book. Of course, the Protagonist is sometimes the main character, sometimes. Continue reading

The MAIN Antagonist…

main-(MAIN) (adj)1. of highest importance or the common part (mainland) The main point -mainly, main

… a.k.a. s/he who does not change. The villain is the character who you plan and write, no detours! (Meaning that you don’t plan some complex scene in which your main antagonist begs for mercy and becomes one of the “good guys” of the story-unless you want to disappoint your readers. I love hating villains, and, honestly, I’ll put the book in which the above happens down in disgust as I find it very difficult to process that the main antagonist is no longer evil and I… well, you get the point.)

See here to read more on villains.

Do you get the point?

Good. Make the villain’s assistant the traitor.

Now give them a reason to betray.

If you’ve already sent the book in which the above happens out to publishers and it’s published (or in the pile, waiting to be published) tough luck on revising it.

Are you writing a book? Well… If you’re writing a book, you haven’t introduced your villain yet, and are still planning the villain out, you have hope.

About the editing-the-scene-so-the-assistant-betrays-the-villain-instead-of-the-villain-betraying-the-assistant part.

If you’ve made a big deal about, like “the green haired villain will set aside control of the kingdom of her home to help the brave souls who dared intrude upon her kingdom of wonderfully bright, and shiny mowed lawns” and your main antagonist has green hair (and is the only one with it), then change “green” to the color of the assistant’s hair.”The blond haired villain will set aside control of the kingdom of her home to help the brave souls who dared intrude upon her kingdom of wonderfully bright. and shiny mowed lawns” could be there instead. Or brown hair, black hair, red hair, whatever.

Now that you have all this down, you should write her/him a scene.

Maybe five pages, not much. When you’re finished, read it over and edit and revise it. Finally, give it to someone who’s opinion you trust. Ask them what was good and what was bad. Etc.

Maybe write another page. Keep adding until (maybe) you have a whole chapter.

I once read a book in whicvh the advice I advised in this post was misused. Guess they didn’t listen to me!

So you want to plan a plot.

Planning a plot?

Here’s how to make a plot you can use easily that still sounds good:

  1. Think about who’s good and who’s evil. Add traitors, too. Is Bobby the traitor more good or evil? Write your main antagonist, and if they are or are not completely evil. I don’t like to make my antagonists the type that seems evil but in the last book becomes good. I do that with their humble servants and knights, etc. Make your antagonist someone your readers love to hate! (See making Villains completely Despicable)
  2. If you’ve ever seen some graph that looks something like  This you might know that it doesn’t work for a series. Don’t use it. Plan the tension how YOU want to.
  3. Now, write the outline. Write it until you have used up your idea. When you have finished your outline, you have written your plot.
  4. Here’s a plot that needs improving: If you can’t read what it says, it’s My plot: Lia Lowman is a
    plot

    This is the undeveloped plot.

    peasant in a magical kingdom. The queen falls ill. Lia nurses the queen to health. All live happily ever after. Maybe the queen gets poisoned. Maybe the ending is a cliffhanger, not a “Happily ever After”.Perhaps, the queen is revealed to be plotting against the king–a common but awesome plot. Then, Lia must stop her and… it goes on.

Making Villains Completely Despicable

Here is how to write a good villain:

  1. If you want a good book, don’t make your main antagonist secretly non-evil. If someone was writing a book where the villain’s assistant was the secretly non-evil one, this paragraph would make sense (Bobby is the assistant, Jayda is the villain, Emma is the main protagonist):      Emma gasped when she saw Bobby. “What are you doing here?” she asked suspiciously. Bobby smiled weakly. “Err…”Emma gave him the evil eye “You little–” “Emma!” said Bobby. “It’s Jayda…” In the plot, Bobby having told her what evil plots Jayda was up to. If it had been Jayda revealing her plots, that would take away a layer of greatness the story may once have had.
  2. Give them a certain trait. You might get it from yourself (maybe the main villain is like someone you know and dislike) or a trait you dislike in people.
  3. Plan their evil act.
  4. Write a scene with them in it and have someone read it. It doesn’t matter who, just someone whose opinion you trust (your sister, your niece, your friend Jo)and have them rate your villain. If they say something like, “Who’s the villain in this?” then you know you need to re-make that villain.
  5. Even if your scene got good results, don’t stop. That’s probably a scene you’d been planning, so write down some information about your villain so you have a resource when you’re writing other scenes.

It Wasn’t a Dark and Stormy Night

Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton

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Never, ever start a book with It was a dark and stormy night“.

Why?” you ask.

Because that was already used.By  Edward Bulwer-Lytton in the novel “Paul Clifford“.

It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents—except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.

See what I mean? Don’t do “It was a light and sunny day” either, because

  1. It is almost like “It was a dark and stormy night”.
  2. It sounds stupid.

Don’t do: “It was a ______ and ________ ______”

Here’s my list of beginnings:

  • The rain was pouring hard when <your character’s name here> arrived home.
  • <name> breathed hard in the darkness as s/he ran through the cave, the torches appearing as streaks of light as s/he ran by.
  • “<name>!” called <name>’s broth/sister as s/he froze in mid-action.
  • “Ouch!” <name> cried, clutching his/her foot in pain.

First Person and its (dis)advantages

First person is fun to write. Most blogs are written in first person (like this one) and some books are. People talk in first person! “I walked slowly up the hall, glancing sideways occasionally to check if anyone was watching.” is first person. Here are some advantages & disadvantages:

  • While writing in this POV, you can only access the main character’s thoughts.
  • You can write like you talk.
  • I, me, my, etc are used.
  • If you have trouble with beginnings, don’t do first person.
  • I’m kind of bad at it.

Once I read a first person book and I never learned the main character’s name because it was never mentioned.  I was going to write “Mangobook” on Cosmic Mango’s World in first person, but I couldn’t think of a start. So… did this help?