Saturday, February 28, 2015

Basing the Protagonist on Yourself: The Pros and Cons




Basing characters off of ourselves. This happens fairly often sometimes intentionally and sometimes not. It is natural for our ideals to bleed through the paper or screen into the minds of our characters, but many times a writer will put all of their ideals and even parts of our pasts into one.

Many highly successful authors did this for their stories such as Stephen Chbosky in the Perks of Being a Wallflower, Laura Ingalls Wilder in Little House on the Prairie, and Lucy Maud Montgomery in Anne of Green Gables. All three gave the protagonists a good deal of their actual beliefs and past experiences such Montgomery's childhood on Prince Edward Island and "pieces of real people in [Chbosky's] life" in the Perks of Being A Wall Flower.

That being said I've seen this work in a negative way in unpublished pieces with inexperienced writers. I have had several encounters where people have gotten snappy with me when I replied to the critique they asked for and I said something politely negative about the character that not-of-my-knowledge was themselves. Then they inform me the character is them as if that is an excuse for their rude behavior and their writing faux pas. That may be the reason, but that behavior is not a healthy habit.

Thus I have witnessed a lot of pros and cons for writing yourself or a character very close to yourself as the protagonist. Perhaps you should take these into consideration, before trying it yourself.

Pro #1: Character Development - Since the character is yourself or extremely close, character development is far easier. You probably know yourself fairly well, so writing a character like you is pretty easy. You get to write yourself having a grand adventure or about something deeply personal in your life to share with others.

Con #1: Laziness in Craft - The problem is possibly the reason you are writing a character so close to yourself could mean that you are doing it because you don't want to work on developing a unique person. It's hard to create another mind outside of your own.

Or because it is you and your life, you decide to throw essential writing craft rules out the window. Because this about you, you decide to dump every detail of your life, or every thought that comes to your head usually, or add that special memory of yours that really isn't necessary and bogs down the story. This may sound "more realistic" to you, but it's just lazy writing.


Pro #2: Self Discovery - While writing this story, you may discover things about yourself you didn't know like a deep fear or remember a happy memory or a bad habit of yours. Doing this may be emotionally cleansing for you and/or bring a special kind of happiness. Writing this out could help you look at the whole picture of a bad situation you are in or you've been in. It could help you get a secret out on paper, so you can feel better about it. This could be healing for you to have your fictional self solve problems perhaps in real life you couldn't.

Con #2: Bias - But one-sided point of view can be the result. You can push your own views on the reader too hard, and it can be off-putting. Or somehow all the characters tend to only see from your point of view and have no individuality. Everyone can't be like you even in the fictional world.

... everyone can't be like you?
Pro #3: Intimacy - When you write something you experienced yourself, there is a level of closeness to the scene that someone who hasn't felt that can't quite grasp. Some beautiful prose can come from scenes like this and it is a very special thing in stories. It is probably the greatest weapon when one writes experiences one has had personally. You can show an intimate, personal connection, making the scene more vivid as opposed to someone else writing it who hasn't actually had done that.

Con #3: Oversensitiveness - The biggest issue I have seen with writing a character based off of one's self is that often the writer cannot think of the character objectively, meaning that if anyone says the slightest thing negative about the character, they take it as a personal attack. Critique is harder for someone who is writing from their own self and life, because now it's even more personal. You may not want to do certain things to the character, because it feels like they're being done to you, but the story needs the thing to happen to work.

Over-sensitivity that can result in this reaction.
The key thing about writing from yourself and your life is you have to treat the character, no matter how much they are like you, like any other character: with a dash of objectivity. You have to be able to divide yourself from the character and recognize what is best for the story as a whole. If the story is not well-written, no one or perhaps only a select few will be able to enjoy your personal story, and since this is so close to you, you want the best for it.

This is tough to do with a character that isn't a thing like you, let alone one that is exactly like you. Writing so personally can either work beautifully or crash and burn horribly.

Have you have written a character based off of yourself? Have you encountered any of these problems? Any questions?

You may also like:
Writing Lessons from Anime: Characters
How to Write a 3D Villain Part 1: How Did a Factor Cause Your Villain to Become a Villain?
So Your Character is Adopted ...
The Psychology of Writing: Villain Motivation and the CANE Model: A Guest Post by Casey Lynn Covel
Five Tips on Writing A Good Main Character

If you liked this post, come back every Saturday for more writing advice, character interviews, book reviews and more! On Sundays I have Soundtrack Sundays where I post a new score piece, Tuesdays are Tea Tuesdays with tea reviews, Wednesdays I have Wonderful Word Wednesdays where I post a new vocabulary word, and Fridays are Fan Fridays where I post tags and other goodies. To help support my dream to be an author follow this blog, like me on Facebook, watch me on deviantART, and follow me on Pinterest and Twitter. If you want to know more about my books check out them out here. Thank you! :)


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wonderful Word Wednesday: Frenetic




It's Wonderful Word Wednesday again! Do you as a writer ever struggle finding that perfect word to describe something or you want to shake your writing up with some new words? Each Wednesday I post hand-picked descriptive words for writers and other vocabulary nerds out there. ;) Here is a fun one!

frenetic
adjective
1.) frantic; frenzied.

Example Sentence: Sting is prone to frenetic outbursts.

Sting drawn by Moi

Have you seen or used this word before? What do you think of it?

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tea Tuesday: Dauntless




I'm not really a coffee person. I prefer tea, and I know a lot of fellow writers love tea, too. But have you ever wanted to break out of the Early Grey or English Breakfast norm and try something new? Well, let me help you find some cool new teas! If you need a little hot and flavorful boost to help you reach your writing goal or you're just a lover of tea or you'd like to try some tea but aren't fond of the stereotypical types, these Tea Tuesday posts are for you.

This weeks tea is ... 

*drum roll*

Dauntless




How I found it: I'm back with another fandom set from Adagio Teas. This is the same site I bought the Avengers set,Sherlock set, Tolkien set, Avatar: the Last Airbender set,  Doctor Who set, Attack on Titan set, and RWBY set from! The set for the next few weeks is the Divergent set! I thought it appropriate what with Insurgent coming out on March 20th. I'm really excited about that. ^ ^

Though I didn't enjoy the book very much, I'm hoping the movie will be better. It seems like it's going to be, though I'm still not sure about Johanna. SCAR! *clears throat* Moving on ... This set includes the five factions plus that one special one: Abnegation, Dauntless, Erudite, Amity, Candor, and Divergent. They all smell delicious, let's see how they taste!

The Tea: This tea definitely fits the Dauntless faction. The dominant hazelnut nut tastes bold and strong, the chocolate, cocoa nibs, and chocolate chips give a sense of bravery and happiness, and the twist of cinnamon alludes to the faction's saucy and quirky side like with their tattoos, dyed hair, and piercings. I'm not sure if Dauntless would actually drink tea. They don't seem like tea people, but it does taste a bit like hot cocoa. I could see them drinking that. I think I could see Tris drinking it though. It is a delightful tea.


Serving Recommendations: I steeped this tea for four minutes and added sugar, cinnamon, and hazelnut creamer.

How much is it and where can you get it? You can find this tea at the Adagio website. I bought this tea in a sample set which was about $22 including shipping and you get a goodly amount of tea since you only need about a teaspoon per cup. Some of these teas you can buy individually for about $10 a pouch. 

So how good is it? The tea was delicious especially with the hazelnut creamer. It didn't stand out too much to me though, so I give it four to 4.5 stars.


Have you tried this tea? What did you think of it? Have you seen or read DivergentWho's your favorite character?

Bonus! If you are a first-time Adagio customer I can send you a $5 giftcard! Ask in the comments for details! (This is no joke and no catch I seriously can. It's part of the amazingness of Adagio Teas)

If you liked this post, come back every Saturday for more writing advice, character interviews, book reviews and more! On Sundays I have Soundtrack Sundays where I post a new score piece, Tuesdays are Tea Tuesdays with tea reviews, Wednesdays I have Wonderful Word Wednesdays where I post a new vocabulary word, and Fridays are Fan Fridays where I post tags and other goodies. To help support my dream to be an author follow this blog, like me on Facebook, watch me on deviantART, and follow me on Pinterest and Twitter. If you want to know more about my books check out them out here. Thank you! :)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Soundtrack Sunday: His Day is Up (Shrek Forever After)




It's Soundtrack Sunday again! The day where I post awesome music to write to or just listen to for pleasure if you're a fellow soundtrack junkie. This is another old favorite of mine. The Shrek movies are notorious for using a lot of modern music, yet they still use a score composed by Harry Gregson-Williams. The score has been decent to me until in Shrek Forever After I heard this piece and it is absolutely gorgeous. 

It starts with a melancholy piano version of the main theme for Shrek with light horns. Some more gentle instruments join in and then the instruments build into a crescendo that gives you chills, and the piece ends on a very intense note. This is a beautiful, heart-wrenching piece that's great for an emotional fantasy climax. It is a really unexpected gem. You can listen to more epic music in my Soundtrack Sundays YouTube playlist.


Have you heard this piece before? What do you think of it? Have you see Shrek Forever After?

If you liked this post, come back every Saturday for more writing advice, character interviews, book reviews and more! On Sundays I have Soundtrack Sundays where I post a new score piece, Tuesdays are Tea Tuesdays with tea reviews, Wednesdays I have Wonderful Word Wednesdays where I post a new vocabulary word, and Fridays are Fan Fridays where I post tags and other goodies. To help support my dream to be an author follow this blog, like me on Facebook, watch me on deviantART, and follow me on Pinterest and Twitter. If you want to know more about my books check out them out here. Thank you! :)



Saturday, February 21, 2015

A Book Review of Blood for Blood by Ben Wolf




What if a vampire got saved? 

Calandra, an evangelist's daughter, is amazed to watch as Raven, a century-old vampire, develops faith. As Raven ceases to drink blood and becomes more human with each passing day, Calandra cannot deny her growing attraction to him even though she is being courted by another man. 

Raven's newfound salvation is both a relief and a burden, as he encounters multiple vampire taboos and must overcome them. Just when Raven begins to get the hang of his new lifestyle, Calandra is attacked by bandits. 

Will Raven revert to his old vampiric ways to save Calandra from certain death? Or will he rely on his faith in God to help him ransom Calandra from a new brand of evil more horrifying than he ever was as a vampire?

Genre: Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Splickety Publishing Group; 1 edition (October 30, 2014)
Page Count: 395 pages

What I liked: Honestly, I was really skeptical about this book. I'm not a vampire fan in the slightest.  I don't do Twilight or Vampire Diaries. I've always thought vampires are creepy, but I know the author of Blood for Blood and I thought I'd give it a shot. He was kind enough to give me a review copy (Thank you, Ben!), and I found myself pleasantly surprised. 

The opening is very exciting. It definitely draws you in. The prose flows well for the most part and I like that the book is set in the 1800s as opposed to the common modern. There is a lot of vampire lore incorporated like vampires have an aversion to holy symbols, garlic, sunlight, wooden stakes, and they can't cross moving bodies of water or can't come into a house without being invited. The vampires have the abilities to seduce, transform into a variety of things and super strength which are all pretty cool and make the bad vampires formidable. I especially like that vampirism is portrayed as something evil as opposed to something someone wants to become like in Twilight. Drinking blood is not something to glorify (Leviticus 17:12). 

I also enjoyed the cast of characters. The main character Raven is a vampire and hates it. Not in an Edward way like, "I hate it but I'm still going to seduce you into loving me like I am anyway." But an honest to goodness knowing that it is wrong. Despite his distrustful nature, he has a kind and noble spirit that comes out as the book goes and his heart starts to change after being saved. You really care for him as the story goes especially when you learn more about his intriguing and tragic backstory. 

I like the Zambini family. It is a big family and reminded me of growing up around large families. I don't see them used much in books. Luco Zambini is an evangelical preacher and portrays Christianity in a realistic and non-cheesy way which was a great relief to me. The love interest Calandra is kind and sweet, but near the end she does something that made me temporarily hate her and she had to gain my liking again. Still, I liked her relationship with Raven. Some of the side characters, Marshal, his deputies, and Harry's bandits, were interesting, but they weren't expanded on too much.

The villains are definitely formidable. I like that there was one that could possibly be redeemed and another that was just pure evil. Garrett is a jerk and Harry is well scary. I almost liked Garrett a few times, but no I hated him by the end which is a good thing. 

Some comedy between the Marshal and his boys and even Harry and his bandits made me laugh. What made me laugh the most was when Raven described Calandra as having "curves that could derail a steam engine."

There we many unique themes in this book. I liked how Raven's blood drinking was compared to Garrett's former alcohol addiction. It showed some neat parallels about battling addiction. I also liked the visualization of sanctification shown in the story as Raven changes from his vampiric ways. I don't see sanctification portrayed so clearly in many Christian stories.


Many times were very intense especially in the climax. The mega-villain reminded me a bit a superhero flick. I loved the circularity with earlier events and the triumph the characters have. It's uplifting and inspiring. There were many twists that really surprised me. The ending is very satisfying and I wish there was a sequel.



What I didn't like: There were a few writing technique errors such as some telling and action and reaction, but nothing too glaring. I feel like the hook could have been better. I didn't like "hell" used so much used in a Christian novel. There were a few scenes where I felt should have evoked more emotion from me, but they didn't. Also one of the characters said "too graphic" and it felt out of time period to me.

My biggest gripe was I felt like there were too many POV switches. I couldn't connect as deeply as I felt I should have with the main characters. Some of the voices weren't distinctive enough and I got confused sometimes. I've read books like Steven James' Placebo where multiple POV switches were done very well, but I felt there were a few too many in this book.

Content Cautions: Characteristic to vampire media it does have some gore including people being shot, stabbed through with stakes, skewered on a branch, blood drained from them, and their heads chopped off. There is a rotting corpse at one point that is pretty nasty. Some of the characters drink (mostly baddies). Hell is used profusely as in, "Go to hell." for the most part. A character attempts to rape another character, but doesn't get too far, and there is some kissing.


Overall this was a very creative, thrilling tale and the best vampire story I've read or watched. 



About the Author:
In 7th grade Ben Wolf saw the movie Congo on TV. It was so bad that he wrote a parody of it that was set in Australia and featured murderous kangaroos instead of gorillas. So began his writing career.As someone who knows how hectic life can get, Ben founded Splickety Publishing Group to meet the needs of busy folks like him: people who appreciate great fiction but don’t have a lot of time to read. Ben has written six action/adventure novels (five of which are good) and has multiple other projects in the works. His first novel, Blood for Blood, debuted in September of 2014 and has been characterized as "bold...with nonstop tension" and "hard to put down." It examines the question of whether or not God can redeem anyone—even a vampire. Check out his website at www.benwolf.com, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wonderful Word Wednesday: Succorance




It's Wonderful Word Wednesday again! Do you as a writer ever struggle finding that perfect word to describe something or you want to shake your writing up with some new words? Each Wednesday I post hand-picked descriptive words for writers and other vocabulary nerds out there. ;) This is a neat one. ^ ^

succorance
noun
1.) the act of seeking out affectionate care and social support.

Example Sentence: Though Bryce denies it, succorance is essential for recovering from his traumatic past.

Bryce by Moi

Have you seen or used this word before? What do you think of it?

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tea Tuesday: Abnegation




I'm not really a coffee person. I prefer tea, and I know a lot of fellow writers love tea, too. But have you ever wanted to break out of the Early Grey or English Breakfast norm and try something new? Well, let me help you find some cool new teas! If you need a little hot and flavorful boost to help you reach your writing goal or you're just a lover of tea or you'd like to try some tea but aren't fond of the stereotypical types, these Tea Tuesday posts are for you.

This weeks tea is ... 

*drum roll*

Abnegation





How I found it: I'm back with another fandom set from Adagio Teas. This is the same site I bought the Avengers set,Sherlock set, Tolkien set, Avatar: the Last Airbender set,  Doctor Who set, Attack on Titan set, and RWBY set from! The set for the next few weeks is the Divergent set! I thought it appropriate what with Insurgent coming out on March 20th. I'm really excited about that. ^ ^

Though I didn't enjoy the book very much, I'm hoping the movie will be better. It seems like it's going to be, though I'm still not sure about Johanna. SCAR! *clears throat* Moving on ... This set includes the five factions plus that one special one: Abnegation, Dauntless, Erudite, Amity, Candor, and Divergent. They all smell delicious, let's see how they taste!

The Tea: This isn't exactly what I pictured for Abnegation, but it is a delightful tea. It is a light tea with modest yet unique flavor and earthy like their root-based foods. The peppermint gives a fresh and clean taste that reminds me of the very clean and cut look Abnegation has. The lemongrass, lemonbalm, and lemon verbena isn't too overpowering and reminds me of their nurturing nature since lemon is used for healing. The Foxtrot has chamomile in it and reminds me of their gentle nature. Lastly, the red safflower gives a twist of color shows their inner beauty and sacrifice despite their stoic demeanor. I could certainly see them drinking this. It fits them very well.



Serving Recommendations: I steeped this tea for five minutes and added a little sugar.

How much is it and where can you get it? You can find this tea at the Adagio website. I bought this tea in a sample set which was about $22 including shipping and you get a goodly amount of tea since you only need about a teaspoon per cup. Some of these teas you can buy individually for about $10 a pouch or in tins for $4 each. 

So how good is it? I enjoyed this this tea. I probably won't have it too often because of the unique flavor, but it's delightful all the same I give it 3.7 to 4 stars. ^ ^



Have you tried this tea? What did you think of it? Have you seen or read DivergentWho's your favorite character?

Bonus! If you are a first-time Adagio customer I can send you a $5 giftcard! Ask in the comments for details! (This is no joke and no catch I seriously can. It's part of the amazingness of Adagio Teas)

If you liked this post, come back every Saturday for more writing advice, character interviews, book reviews and more! On Sundays I have Soundtrack Sundays where I post a new score piece, Tuesdays are Tea Tuesdays with tea reviews, Wednesdays I have Wonderful Word Wednesdays where I post a new vocabulary word, and Fridays are Fan Fridays where I post tags and other goodies. To help support my dream to be an author follow this blog, like me on Facebook, watch me on deviantART, and follow me on Pinterest and Twitter. If you want to know more about my books check out them out here. Thank you! :)

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Soundtrack Sunday: Continued Story (Code Geass)




It's Soundtrack Sunday again! The day where I post awesome music to write to or just listen to for pleasure if you're a fellow soundtrack junkie. This week's track is an old favorite from the anime Code Geass. This piece still moves me because it the one played at the end of this long emotional anime and it's happy. 

The instruments consist of an Irish flute, some light drums, strings, and some other calming, joyful instruments. The lyrics are in Japanese and talk about closure, triumph, and moving forward in life. It's a really beautiful, uplifting piece to perhaps listen to while you're writing the end of a book or series. You can listen to more epic music in my Soundtrack Sundays YouTube playlist.


Have you heard this piece before? What do you think of it? Have you seen Code Geass?

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Beautiful People: Valentine Edition




It's time for this month's Beautiful People! Yay! This is a link-up hosted by Paperfury and Further Up and Further In where you answer questions about your characters. I participated in Beautiful People #1#2#3 and the villain special last year, and Beautiful People Author Edition this year. I kind of love this link-up. ^ ^' It's really helped me explore my characters in my books. 

This month's post is really sprucing up my Valentine's Day. Since I'm single I can at least squee over my character relationships lol. Today we're going to talk about Matt and Ingrid from Subsapien. ^ ^ If you'd like to participate in this link-up yourself, check out either Paperfury or Further Up and Further In to see how. Here we go!

Matt

Ingrid

1. How long have they been a couple? 
They've had a crush on each other for years now, but not until a few months ago have they gotten together officially. It was a long time coming. Their friends said, "Finally!" when they made it official.

2. How did they first meet?
Matt and Ingrid are both laboratory experiments in a lab about eighty years into the future. While Matt was seven and in gym training his physical abilities, he spotted Ingrid being beaten by one of the guards of the lab. He ran to her aid and thrust himself over her to protect her, taking her beatings for her.

3. What were their first thoughts of each other? (Love at first sight or “you’re freakishly annoying”?)
Love at first sight definitely. They had a crush on each other ever since Matt saved her from being beaten senseless.

4. What do they do that most annoys each other?
Ingrid sometimes is annoyed when she feels like she's put in the back seat by Matt, because Matt has to attend to his brother Bryce. She tries to be understanding, because Bryce is Matt's only family, but she can't help feeling a little irritated when Matt drops everything including her for Bryce.

 Ingrid always tries to find the good in people and sometimes Matt feels like that puts her in danger with her child-like trust. He gets annoyed that she's jeopardizing her safety being too friendly.

5. Are their personalities opposite or similar?
They have similar personalities. Matt is a little more artistic than Ingrid is, but they both have kind dispositions and servants' hearts. He tends to be a little more fiery than Ingrid, a trait he and his brother Bryce share. Though Matt is slower to anger, Ingrid still needs to be his calm at times.

6. How would their lives be different without each other?
Matt and Ingrid have been each other's support especially when Bryce's older brother was sent away for punishment for eight months. They have helped each other get through many hardships and I think Matt would have become a more bitter person if it wasn't for Ingrid.

Matt & Ingrid drawn by yours truly
7. Are they ever embarrassed of each other?
Matt used to be a bit embarrassed of Ingrid's faith in God. He used to think it was a silly fairy tale that she needed to grow out of, until she led him to Christ. Ingrid would sometimes get embarrassed if Matt did something silly in front of other people, but nothing detrimental.

8. Does anyone disapprove of their relationship?
The scientists that own them don't entirely approve of the cross-species relationship. They will sometimes use them against one another to get them to do what they want or to just get an emotional reaction for experimentation.

9. Do they see their relationship as long-term/leading to marriage?
Yes, definitely. They are both very committed to each other.

10. If they could plan the “perfect outing” together, where would they go?
Probably a concert or a movie. Matt and Ingrid both love music. Matt plays the guitar and they'll sing duets sometimes.
Matt & Ingrid drawn by Ruth Blomgren

Well, that's Matt and Ingrid. They're so cute. ^ ^ If you'd like to know a little more about them, check out their character interviews. Here's Matt's and here's Ingrid's. Thanks for reading!

What do you think of Mingrid? Did you do Beautiful People this month? Show me your links in the comments!

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Friday, February 13, 2015

The Art of Characters: Love Interests






It's that time again for another link-up! Eight people participated last month for the Protagonist edition. Thank you for your participation. I'm hoping this month even more people will join in!

Since Valentine's Day is like ... tomorrow I thought that this would be an appropriate type of character for the link up this month. ^ ^ Who does your protagonist have a crush on? Who has one on him/her? Let us commence the squeeing for adorable character couples! 

What is it?

This link-up focuses on your characters from the outside and how your character's description can tell a lot about your character. I'm hoping this will not only help pure writers, but also writers/artists to draw their characters more. I'm going to do a new link-up on the second Friday of the month. I hope you enjoy it and you learn some more about your characters!

How to Do It:

Step 1.) Find three pieces of art that describe your character. This can be your own drawings or cosplays or sculptures, someone else's art (with their permission and/or crediting of course), celebrity pictures, or a combination of the three.

Step 2.) Answer the questions below about your character's description and link back to this blog so if anyone else wants to participate they know where to go.

Step 3.) Put it all in a blog post or deviantART journal.

Step 4.) When you post it, link up here and you're done!

The Questions:

1.) What does your character's eye, skin, and hair color tell about him/her?

2.) What does your character's hairstyle tell about him/her?

3.) What does your character's default outfit tell about him/her?

4.) Does he/she have an object(s) he/she carries around a lot?

5.) Does he/she have any particular scars or birthmarks?

6.) Does he/she have any piercings or tattoos?

7.) How does he/she carry themselves? Shoulders back? Eye contact? Eyes down? Slumped shoulders?

8.) What is his/her default expression? Smiling? Frowning? Solemn?

9.) Does he/she wear make-up or face paint?

10.) Does his/her physical appearance change at any time? For example: If they have a power do their eyes glow or hair turn blue?

Bonus: Does the character change his/her appearance to impress the love interest?


The Link-Up:










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