I’ve been writing-deprived for some time. I wanna get back in the groove, share, flow, pour out whatever this imagination can come up with. But I have some serious frienemies (friend/enemies), these Thing 1, Thing 2, and Thing 3’s: my precious children. I adore them. They’re far more important than writing, but my sleep deprivation makes it quite difficult to squeeze in time to type. I have other duties as well, that shove this to the back burner. But alas, I wanna find time, I wanna make time, I wanna fight for this…
This is influence. I’m not in this for the money (as my four-year-plus KDP account will testify). But I can show my fellow young people (I’m not thirty yet so I can say that), something fresh, some new perspectives, though truly, they aren’t new, they’re ancient, they’re infinite, but in our culture’s context they’re new, unique, and refreshing, especially when embraced. Valor with integrity, valor with purity, valor with hope, and with genuine love. My goodness, how many stories there are to tell, how many characters there are to display.
So if you’re a Christian, do pray for me…And to all my readers, I want to do this for you.
Chapter 5 of Coryn of Bellsferry: Blood Thieves is here! Check it out on Wattpad!
“I shivered, despite the summer heat. What if something happened to me? What if the Blood Thieves got to me? What would that do to my daughter, losing the person closest to her? She barely knew Gunner and Dixie. She’d be devastated and scared, and the security and joy of her childhood bubble would burst and she’d be thrown into the dark, confusing maze of this dangerous world. Death was banging on all of our doors, especially mine and Krista’s, and who knew when it’d break through and seize its loot. It could happen tonight…”-from chapter 5
“With long snaking roads enshrouded by dense woodland and only smatters of clarity along the rolling hills, the beautiful countryside of Bellsferry was the perfect place for predators to stalk.” Coryn knows fate when she’s pricked by it–she thinks.
In a world where American law has been overthrown, and wanna-be supernatural, self-made vampires exist–who by the way, are really creepy and demented and have started preying on the small town of Bellsferry–there also exists Coryn, a twenty-three-year-old single mother who’s just trying to survive through life–and give her daughter a somewhat decent one. But when Coryn is taken under her gunslinging neighbors’ wings and something…otherworldly happens, forget decent; she and her daughter’s lives are now even more dangerous than before. Sigh. That’s what happens when you accidentally become the only real nemesis to the deranged psychopaths who have iron-gripped your hometown.
Since before the demolition of law, Coryn grew up surviving through life, but now she has to protect not only herself and her seven-year-old daughter, but their entire town–doesn’t she?
Have you been following along? If so, what are your thoughts so far? Got a WIP you’re working on? Are you on Wattpad? Let me know! Happy reading! -Natasha
I have a current WIP that I’m so excited about, I just want to share it with someone! But, there’s a few things holding me back:
1.) What if I Wattpad it, adding each chapter, but then when I revise it, the story changes a lot? Or if I encounter something later on that would require something earlier to be changed? Those poor souls who have been following along will now be confused.
2.) What if someone…steals my idea?
Then I thought, well, if I share it on Wattpad, it would have the date, wouldn’t it? And everyone will know I was the first one to write it, wouldn’t they?
How do you feel about sharing your works-in-progress with others? Please feel free to share your thoughts AND experiences so I can better decide on what to do. Happy discussing!
So killing off characters in your story: is it fun for you, or torture?
I’ve been on both sides of this fence, and I can say that now, it’s leaning toward more fun. For me, there’s something about the shock of it, the later oh-so-hoped for justice, the real-ness it adds to the danger and the story in general, and of course, the emotions it stirs. But what say you? I wanna know your reasons as to why you enjoy killing characters in your story, or why you hate it. Let the discussion begin!
If you think your idea is original, think again. No matter how original your idea may seem to you, someone’s probably already come up with it. That happened with me and a novel I started with a teen whose paintings could become real. Surprise, surprise: someone already wrote a novel with a MC who has that ability.
However, that doesn’t mean you can’t take a not-so-orginal idea and make it original. This is no easy feat, but what I’ve learned from my own experience is that when you get together with another creative writer/storyteller, you can make your idea great.
This was what happened with my novel, Prodigy Prince. Hubby came alongside me and built upon my ideas, making them more unique and original. He created the coolest powers and just added so many awesome details and history to the story that I seriously could not have come up with on my own–and that he couldn’t either. See, my master-mind storytelling husband built upon what my creative mind had already made, and together, we created something better than if either of us had done it solo.
I’m reminded of this Scripture:
“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.11 Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? 12 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer.”-Ecclesiastes 4:9-11
If you’re a writer, chances are you’re friends with a writer. Find someone you trust and know is creative, and bring your idea to him or her and watch how much better your story becomes because of it.
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Your protagonist has to have at least one fear that needs to be squashed throughout her journey. Whether it’s the fear of failing, or the fear of losing a loved one (like Katniss from Hunger Games), the fear needs to be real, relatable, and a reminder to her and your audience at crucial moments.
The fear shouldn’t be an easy one to overcome. And don’t be afraid to let it be a setback, even a major one; that can cause her (and your audience) to hate it and want to conquer it all the more, and can cause interesting conflict between other characters.
When her fear costs someone’s life, it won’t only create conflict among those impacted by the loss, but add more internal conflict; guilt, insecurity, self-loathing, maybe even denial.
Conflict is the engine of your story. If it’s too simple or minimal, you’ve got a weak story. The more complex the problems, the more gripping your story will be and the more satisfying the resolution.
We are amazed at how conflicts resolve. When someone had a very difficult situation, but it works out, aren’t we quick to ask: how did that happen? What changed? And when the story is said and done, we stand in awe.
Make your protagonist’s journey one that wows us. I’ll have more tips on how to accomplish this next Monday.
What do you think? Comments are welcome here 🙂