Writing Tips 12 (it’s been a while…)

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Today’s Tip: Point of View

The three most common POVs in novels are first person, third person, and third person omniscient. First person includes pronouns like “me, myself, and I”. Third person uses “he, she, him, her”. Third person omniscient means “the all knowing”, which is when you know every character’s thoughts and feelings, not just the MC.

Who: POV

What: the perspective the story is being told

When: throughout the story

Where: depends on what POV you’re using

Why: to let the reader know who is telling the story

How: First person POV is a common point of view used in books like The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins or Divergent by Veronica Roth. It uses pronouns like “I” and “me” and is told from the main character’s perspective. First person POV is usually the one that most readers can connect to because it feels as if everything is happening to you, not just the character. You feel what the main character feels.

Third person POV is another common point of view used in books such as Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling or Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare. It uses pronouns like “he” and “she” and can sometimes be told by the main character’s perspective. Like first person, third person can also be relatable based on the character’s thoughts and actions. The reader feels like they are in the main character’s world, watching the main character’s every move.

Third person omniscient is, of course, the “all seeing” and “all knowing”. Books like Seekers by Erin Hunter are written in multiple perspectives with not one main character but several. Though it isn’t as commonly used as first or third person POV, third person omniscient is still quite effective as you sympathize and understand multiple characters’ thoughts, feelings, and actions, toward the world and maybe towards each other.

Activity: Write an excerpt from whatever novel you are working on or plan on working on in one POV. Then switch to another POV. Then switch to the remaining POV. Get a feel for each one and see which suits you most.

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Writing Activity!

Read half of a book- exactly half! You can either cut the number of chapters in half or cut the number of pages in half. If it’s the number of pages, you can finish the chapter.

After reading half of the book, set it aside and write what you think will happen next. Write like you are continuing the story- you can write like the author does but you don’t have to.

This is an activity to test your imagination and how well you know the characters.

Have fun!

I think someone has a massive crush on me.

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via Daily Prompt: Massive

Max

Aer

Still

Stares

Into me

Very

Eagerly

 

You’re probably thinking this is your classic teen drama. Guy likes girl, but girl doesn’t like him back (me being that girl). But it’s different- by a little bit, but that still counts.

For teenagers out there who know what I’m talking about, is your annoying follower trying every possible way to get your attention? I don’t know what you guys are dealing with, but Max Aer does something like this; he calls my name in the hallways (very embarrassing, I’ve never speed walked so fast in my life), he stands behind me on one side and taps my shoulder on the other side (so annoying, I turn around and he yells “you fell for it! Mwahaha!” Not even kidding), he’s always trying to talk to me in English (get lost already- no, I won’t be your partner for the project!), and he pats me on the head (who does that?).

As you can now see, very unprofessional way to get a girl’s attention. Argh, hope you fellow young ladies out there aren’t going through the same problem, Max Aer is driving me cray-cray, to the point that I don’t even care anymore.

Don’t even care. Nope, not at all, done with it (well, maybe the part where he pats my head, seriously who does that?). Absolutely, positively (maybe negatively) don’t even care anymore.

*facedesk*

Writing Tips 11

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Today’s Tip: Setting

Your setting is your world. Without your world, there would be no you. Without you, there would be no story. So basically, you need a setting. No novel can go without one- I challenge all of you to write a story without a setting and send it to me!

Who: Setting

What: the atmosphere and surroundings your story takes place in

When: throughout your story

Where: changes with specific events that occur

Why: to give the reader a clear image of where your story is taking place

How: Describe your setting. Usually, this is done through the main character’s senses. What’s the weather? The location? Surrounding scenery? Objects that catch the main character’s attention? The atmosphere, the temperature? How does the main character feel? The setting helps add details to your story, so if you ever run out of things to write….

Activity: Take note of your surroundings and notice the details that catch your eye whenever you change to a new setting. Record your observations and imply your data onto your main character. That way, you know which details to mention and which details are irrelevant.

Four Lives in a Video Game- Act 4 (last one!)

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Scene: Still in icy tundra scenery. Blizzard is still blowing fiercely.

ENTER ENAS

 

ENAS: Here? Again? There must be something wrong with the system.

 

ENTER QUATTRO, who jumps in.

 

QUATTRO (pointing lightsaber at Enas) : Haha! I got you now!

ENAS (raises hands in surrender): Whoa, whoa, who you pointing that at?

QUATTRO: I’ve waited so long for this moment. I sacrificed three lives, three! You have been such a pain in the a- *ahem*- my backside. I got shot, stabbed, sliced. Three times, Enas. And you know who did it? Tell me, who did it?

ENAS: Well that’s obvious. Me, duh.

QUATTRO (thrusts lightsaber closer): Exactly. I realize the only way to solve my problems is to kill you. Oh, and I received word that whoever wins the game gets a million dollars. Whatdya know, guess who’s gonna win.

ENAS (deep in thought): Ah, let’s see. Hm…well….I guess….I actually don’t know….

QUATTRO: Me, that’s who!

 

QUATTRO laughs hysterically. ENAS seizes his chance, draws his lightsaber, and slashes QUATTRO’S stomach. QUATTRO stops in mid laughter and topples sideways to the ground.

 

ENAS: Finally. “I hope I never see you again”.

 

ENAS turns to adjust his belt.

ENTER WOMAN.

 

WOMAN (gasps): Enas, I have found you!

 

ENAS screams, spins around, and slices WOMAN’S stomach. WOMAN falls to the ground. ENAS blinks in surprise, stares at WOMAN in confusion, shrugs, and walks away.

EXIT ENAS

Curtains close.

 

Writing Tips 10

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It may be just me, but sometimes I get stuck on the very first chapter of writing a novel/story and I just give up the whole idea, thinking “I’ll never be an author, never make something big, this is shit.” You get me?

Who: Beginnings

What: the hook that grabs your reader’s attention and makes them want to keep reading beyond the first page

When: at the beginning

Where: usually first page

Why: so readers will want to read more and your book can even become a bestseller

How: This is the hard part. You want to write something that instantly catches the reader’s attention. You can actually classify your readers; lifesavers- they read at least the first few chapters before deciding to put your book down, firsts- they only read the first chapter, and rush ones- judge you by the first sentence. That can be scary and sometimes discouraging. But not to fear! Every senpai has a secret. You just have to find it.

Activity (I got this idea from Gail Carson Levine): Pick out a few of your favorite books- if it’s a series, most preferably the first book- and read the first few sentences. Record them and, when you’re done with all the books, compare the beginnings and look for similarities. The result, my friends, is your secret recipe.

 

A few of mine:

Hunger Games: “When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold. My fingers stretch out, seeking Prim’s warmth but finding only the rough canvas cover of the mattress. She must have had bad dreams and climbed in with our mother. Of course, she did. This is the day of the reaping.”

Wings of Fire: “A dragon was trying to hide in the storm.”

Harry Potter: “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you’d expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn’t hold with such nonsense.”

The Fire Within: “‘Well, here we are,’ Mrs. Pennykettle said, pausing by the door of the room she had for rent. She clasped her hands together and smiled. ‘Officially, it’s our dining room, but we always eat in the kitchen these days.’ The young man beside her nodded politely and patiently adjusted his shoulder bag. ‘Lovely. Erm, shall we take a look…?’”

Four Lives in a Video Game- Act 3

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Scene: An icy tundra. Glaciers loom in the distance and a blizzard is blowing fiercely. ENTER ENAS.

 

ENAS: Of all the Star Wars biomes they could spawn me into, they choose a frickin’ ice waste? Have you creators gone mad?

ENTER QUATTRO

 

QUATTRO (with red lightsaber): Halt!

ENAS: Who the heck are you?

QUATTRO (strikes mysterious/creepy smile): I…am Darth Vader!

ENAS: Wrong time period dude.

QUATTRO: I am Kylo Ren!

ENAS: Better. Where’s your mask?

QUATTRO: I am…. (dramatic effect)…. Exposed!

ENAS: Oh…good for you….You are so full of surprises.

QUATTRO: Wait a sec, aren’t you the same guy who shot me with a bullet and stabbed me with a musketeer sword?

ENAS (rolls eyes): No shit Sherlock.

QUATTRO: Bruh, you cost me two lives! Two! You know you only have four in all in this game?

ENAS: Well, yeah. (takes out lightsaber) Now show me what you got, Yoda.

QUATTRO: I thought I was Kylo Ren.

ENAS: Well you just turned short, green, and near bald. Deal with it.

 

QUATTRO and ENAS engage in combat with lightsabers. Another epic battle follows. ENAS is about to cut down QUATTRO when QUATTRO raises his hand.

 

QUATTRO: Wait!

ENAS (freezes): What?

QUATTRO: If you defeat me, you’ll have to turn into a girl.

ENAS: What in the name of-

QUATTRO: Did you not watch Rogue One? Rey defeats Kylo Ren.

ENAS: I don’t frickin’ care. (prepares to kill QUATTRO)

QUATTRO (raises hand again): Wait!

ENAS: What now?

QUATTRO (dramatic pause, then): LUKE I AM YOUR-

 

ENAS kills QUATTRO in one slash.

 

ENAS: Wrong time period dude. If that were true, I’d be your dad. (shudders) That’s scary.

 

EXIT ENAS.

ENTER STALKER WOMAN.

 

WOMAN (panting): Enas? Enas! Where are you? Oh stupid blizzard. What is wrong with the creators? Enas?

 

WOMAN almost trips over QUATTRO on the ground and accidentally kicks his balls in the process.

 

QUATTRO: Lady! What is wrong with you?

WOMAN: You lost again?!

QUATTRO: No, you see nothing. (goes back to being dead)

WOMAN: Ah, with one slice of his mighty saber, Enas has cut down his foe once more!

 

QUATTRO gets up to protest but lies back down again after a glare from WOMAN.

 

WOMAN: With every level, I love him more! The next level is the final one! I will find him! Enas, charming prince that appears in every old disney princess movie, wait for me!

EXIT WOMAN

ENTER CIVILIAN

CIVILIAN drags QUATTRO off stage. EXIT