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!

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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?

Characters and POV

The upper slopes of Mount Everest. The Southea...

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Characters can be challenging. If you were to just make one up on the spot– Liz Jean Smiths, twelve years old, brown hair and blue eyes, complete tomboy– and a plot, too– Liz must fulfill her family’s destiny to climb Mount Everest and retrieve the diamond under the rock on the left of the highest peak– and you make another character to accompany Liz– Kira Lea Smiths, Liz’s identical twin, also a tomboy– and you write a paragraph in first person, something like:

I grabbed at the rock and hauled myself up the cliff. Almost there! Kira smiled. I said, “Almost there!”

Then you want second person:

You grabbed at the rock and hauled yourself up the face of the cliff. Almost there! Your sister smiled. You say to her, “Almost there!”

Or third person.

Liz’s heart pounded with excitement as she gracefully slung her body up to join Kira up on the plateau. “Almost there!” she called, and Kira couldn’t help smiling.

Which one sounds best? Third person, in my opinion. If you go to the page Mangobook on Cosmic Mango’s World (My other blog), that’s in third person. Click here to go there(confusing, right?).The writing is on there because I only just made this writing blog.

Thanks for reading!