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.

The Curious Case of Helen Smith: Synopsis and Influences

Synopsis:

Helen Smith is an average professor at a mundane university in the town of Despain, Illinois. She teaches theology and has a love with comparing the various religions in the world. Her story begins in this series with her lover, Reggie, heading over seas to work for a year as a guest lecturer at Cambridge. It is with this in mind that Helen decides to take a year sabbatical as well, working towards writing a new book that extensively covers all the world’s religions and how they are nearly all the same in their teachings.

While embarking on this journey, Helen discovers a new and looming entity. A reference to a God that she has never heard of before. As she begins to study this new God in fervor, a dark and mysterious entity begins to reach out to her. As she continues to study, she not only begins to lose herself in her work, but also her grip on reality. The question will quickly be asked “what is real?” and “what can be trusted?”

Influences

With this series being one of the first on the docket to write and produce, I thought that I may share just a few little things that I’m using for inspiration. My hope is that while the series is being made, there will be a small collection of authors or series to check out to get you excited.

So from the writing side of things, one of the biggest influences for this series comes from H.P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft’s works have always been a favorite of mine, specifically the idea of Elder Gods and monsters from other planes. He always worked well with bending the distinctions between dreams and reality and that is something that I hope this series will do as well. A lot of Lovecraftian elements will be at play, so if you’re not familiar with the work, I would recommend checking out a couple of his shorter pieces like The Case of Charles Dexter Wardwhich coincidentally is where I got the inspiration for the title of this series.

The next author I would also recommend and is another personal favorite of mine is Edgar Allan Poe. His short stories use sound and broken up writing to build suspense and anxiety, and the dialogue and sound in this series will be done in a similar fashion. To get an idea of how sound would be used, I’d recommend  A Quiet Place, since the sound in that movie did a lot of the same things that I will be striving for, which is having sound with a purpose. Out of Poe’s work, I’d recommend The Pit and the Pendulumwhich does an excellent job at quickly building suspense.

Finally, overall I would recommend any kind of horror movie that relies more on a creeping unknown entity over your casual jump scare. In a way, this series will be paying homage to some of my favorite writers. Reading their work will help you see their influence in modern horror shows and movies like the ones I described. In the end, this is simply a guide for those that are impatient and want something to continue to wet their beaks until the official release of The Curious Case of Helen Smith.