The Writer’s Corner

Hello all!

Seems like I’ve had a bit of success as of late covering writing on my blog. In honor of that, I decided besides doing a writing prompt every Tuesday and Wednesday, I would also give some tips for writing. Some of these may be about writing fiction, while others may cover other topics in writing as well.

However, today’s is going to focus a bit on world building. As of right now, I write for my own group called Pantheon Productions while also striving to become a best selling author. Both of these things are new challenges for me and so it has led to my life being engulfed in the world of writing. With both Pantheon Productions and my novel still in the beginning stages, I find myself really in the midst of world building and I decided I would share some things that I’ve personally learned while doing it.

The first is to think as broad as possible. There is a reason that world building is called “world building.” When I went into my first book, A Monstrous Tomorrow, I spent more time figuring the state of the planet I was creating over the finer details. Much like character development, the more you know about your world, the easier it is to write things.

This has lead to me asking some of the more bizarre questions in my writing career. Questions along the lines of “if it’s hot on the northern side of the planet, is it naturally cold on the southern?” “How long are days versus nights?” “What kind of plants and animals exist here?” All of this has been fun to do so far.

With that world building though, there is also the decisions to make in how characters will react and how believable to make it. I love writing in science fiction and horror and one of my favorite things to do in both of those is to make it feel as real as possible. That’s why as my projects come out for Pantheon Productions, or exerts come out of my manuscript, you’ll find that a lot of it is written to have the reader as immersed as possible. I want the reader or viewer to feel like somewhere nearby, the events I write are happening.

That’s what I think makes good world building overall. This can be said to be the same for about every genre and that’s the main point. As a writer, if you go in and take the time to understand every detail of your world, to a point that it feels real even to you, then you’ve done a good job.

That’s all I have to say on the subject for now. Check back in tomorrow for an exercise to help begin creating your very own world.

A Trend in Writing

As usual, I will try and keep this week’s blog post short and sweet as we come cruising in on the weekend full force. To end the week, I just wanted to touch on some trends I’ve noticed while entering the indie author scene and was hoping to get some feedback on this.

One of the main things I’ve noticed about a lot of authors that I’ve interacted with lately is that they are using their first two initials and then a last name for their pen name. Is there something that I have missed out on in this trend? Is there a reason for going this route?

Now don’t get me wrong, I completely understand why a lot of people like using pen names. I personally thought about using one for a long time. There is nothing quite like being able to ensure your privacy when you want it. There is also the thrill of being able to separate your work from yourself. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen various authors have to explain that something a character said or believes isn’t what they personally believe. So yes, I understand the use of a pen name, I just don’t get the current trend of imitating C.S. Lewis. If anyone can explain, that’d be great because I’m at a loss.

The other trend that I’ve noticed is that there is still a big run on people either writing supernatural romances or fantasy. A decent amount of science fiction is being done as well. The main thing I want to address with this is an article that I read several years back. I’ve done my research and sadly I can’t find it. Essentially, it was written after 9/11 and during the Bush administration, It discussed the fact that artists have a tendency of creating art that reflects their time. (Also, I know that is a concept that is taught all through school, I’m just lamenting not finding this one specific article because it made more relevant references).

So, I think my big question is this, or I guess, questions is more appropriate. First and foremost, is this adventure into science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy being written as a response to a current political environment? I know personally my series is. My other question is if it’s not a direct response to these things, is it what pop culture is still demanding? Or is it neither of those things, and just the typical fact that authors are strange souls that enjoy writing on their observations in weird, twisted ways. That’s also something I personally like to do.

Anyway, I would love to be able to engage with people reading my blog, so let’s start talking! Post some answers below and lets have a discussion!

Talk to you soon.