Artists are paid (usually poorly) to look at the world in new and inventive ways. Who wants to read a book and have their own views spouted back at them? I mean, come on, they have their Fox’s and CNN’s for that.
So this Monday try to look at the world in a new way. While you’re at your job or in your class, examine the objects and people around you – figure out the strange building blocks that make them the way they are.
Only in a perfect world.
Here’s an example.
“Wyatt sat on a white-stone bench, swiping a finger across a slab of glass. It was precious to him. Pictures of old friends flicked across the surface, little black text times-new-roman life updates popping up beside them and he casually moved by each. From the way he held the slab, you may have thought that it meant nothing to him, but in fact Wyatt brought the glass everywhere he went and worried that the wind and weather might damage its surface.”
Your interpretation, as always, is up to you. Sure does carry a deeper meaning than an Ipad, though. Have some good musings and a great Monday!
I’m a big fan of the Fantasy genre.
When writing Fantasy however, its important to figure out exactly what the genre is accomplishing for you. For what purpose have you incorporated it into your book or story? Fantasy should always serve to emphasize the message of your writing, or to convey a theme that would otherwise be difficult to convey.
Here are a few messages that Fantasy can help send…
Fantasy Races (Elves, Dwarves, and everything in between) :
Thanks to Tolkien, fantasy races have never been bigger in literature. A big reason to use fantasy races is to create bonds and rifts between characters that readers can easily follow. Fantasy Races help to create the same bonds as family and friendship, but on a bigger scale that every reader can keep track of and understand.
Magic or Fantastic Elements :
Is there a reason for light shooting out of a character’s hands, or their growing ability to take flight? There should be. Magic and other fantastical elements can help emphasize character growth and shifts in personality. If a character, normally adept at controlling the gentle wind, is slowly gaining the ability to spout all-consuming fire – it conveys a shift toward hate and aggression that is pretty impossible to miss.
Fantasy is a way to explain concepts that are hard to understand in the terms of our every day lives. It is not less than other genres, or frivolous. It is another way to understand the human experience, and should always be written as such.
Writing characters that share your views and morals can be the most believable writing an author does – but it can also be the most boring. Unless you experiment with and analyze other viewpoints, you can’t make the characters with those viewpoints seem reasonable and whole. Members of the novel’s cast who don’t share your views can become static 2D characters that are completely unbelievable. They become caricatures – not characters.
Try to write from the perspective of a character who does not agree with you on a personal and important opinion. If you are against the U.S. intervention in the Middle East, maybe they are whole-heatedly for it. Maybe you are all for progressive rights for homosexuals, but the character is entirely against. Perhaps you consider yourself a born wanderer, but the character has a steady job – and they like it that way.
Write from the eyes of a character who is not like you. It will help you to understand where their views come from, and they will seem more real in your stories moving forward.
“A man wakes up in the morning and sees a beautiful bird perched on a tree outside his window. After getting ready for the day, he sees that the bird is still there. He ends up following the bird to various location and finds that it teaches the man something about himself – whether that be spiritual or physical.”
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Even the most mundane or tired plots can seem exciting when they are presented with unique dialogue. The reader stops and thinks about the phrase, wondering if they’ve heard anything like it. If they decide that they have not, they are overcome by amusement, entertainment, or (if they really like reading) delight.
This Monday, experiment with an deliciously unique turn of phrase.
In the TV show Supernatural, an older gentleman says a line that made me smile.
“But you better prep for the “B” side, ’cause when Sam realizes we’re shining him It ain’t gonna be cute.”
I urge you to come up with a line that has this level of homespun rarity.
Maybe the dialogue has a regional dialect, or uses a special dictionary that only someone from the character’s hometown could recite the origin of. Play with time, the phrase could simply be outdated – something that someone just wouldn’t say nowadays. Perhaps, when all is said and done, you can cobble together a beautiful line of metaphor and simile that perfectly symbolizes what the character is trying to get across.
All that is important is that you write the line.
And if you want to post it the reply section, I won’t stop you. Unsurprisingly, that would be something I fully support.
The phrase “Not all those who wander are lost,” was penned by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Think of a character for whom this phrase is true, and how they got to where they are in their life. Is it for the worse, or for the better? Perhaps it is about time for them to be finding their way home – or every day on the road is exactly where they are supposed to be. Flesh them out and see if there is a place for them in your book!
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I want YOU…
To shut up and continue the blog post.
Alright – Fine. As it stands, Monday is now taken over by the Musing on Mondays post. Here is your prompt for the day, let me know if it lends you any literary inspiration before the work day is up!
“A man is on a walk in the neighborhood of his green grass condominium. He spends some time walking along the black pavement roads, past a couple with a dog, and happens to glance down a dip in the terrain. At the bottom? A pond.
Its the figure beside the pond, however, the draws his attention. They are darkened, and he can’t quite make them out, but he can tell they are staring intently at the water. Their mood and intention is unknown. After a moment, the walking man continues on – soon the figure would be a passing memory.”
Don’t forget to leave a reply if it strikes your fancy.