Writing a Book is More Involved than I Initially Believed

Having hit the halfway point of my first draft, I realised that I ought to be thinking about more than just my book. Although actually getting published is still a long way off, there are things I need to start organising right now. Because knowing me, if it doesn’t get done early, it’s not getting done at all.

For starters, I need to rethink my blog design. What I have right now was haphazardly chosen late one night when I decided to start blogging. I think it’s about time to revisit the settings. Speaking of which, I have little to no images to post alongside my blog posts, and knowing how visual enhancement can improve a post, I need to get some images asap. I don’t quite know what pictures to take, maybe some books or sketches, but all I know is that I want all my pictures to be my own.

Second point, I need to expand my social database beyond a blog. If i’m going to cross over from randomly writing a story to becoming a published author, simply writing on a blog every few weeks is not enough. I think a website is in order, maybe a Facebook page or Instagram. Furthermore, I need to decide whether I want to use my real last name or come up with a pseudo name to write under.

On to my actual book. Title and overall series title have already been decided upon, and I have a few ideas for a cover. But I need to begin researching how exactly I’m going to publish. Definitely self published initially. Yet, there’s more to it than simply deciding the route I want to take. I have to scout a path, get to know the way, research an optimal mode of transport and check out what I’m in for.

Ah, so much to do.  The idea of actually publishing is a little daunting, luckily I’ve got a good half a year minimum to psych myself up to it.

Any recommendations for a good website builder? And what do you reckon, pseudo name or real name?

~~ Ari

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What did Ari get up to in July?

How is it August already? I could’ve sworn it was still June… Ah, never mind. A month has come and gone, and I’ve been busy writing my first book, as well as other oddities. So, I’ve put together a little roundup.

In July, I have:

  • Written about 7000 words (yes, I am a painfully slow writer)
  • Came up with a title for the sequel, still no ideas for book 3 though
  • Read at least 7 books
  • Improved my dreadful cooking skills
  • Successfully taken care of a house plant

 

I’ll be keeping up on updating any research or interesting points regarding my writing. I’ll post actual snippets from my book when I get closer to finishing it.

And I’ll post anything else interesting I come up with. Speaking of which, if anyone has any ideas of what I should post, I’d love to hear them.

~~Ari

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Character Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths and weaknesses, every character has to have them. When I first began writing, I told myself that no character would be flawless, and every character would have something redeemable about them.

Flaws in characters create realism, conflict, and encourage change and growth. A main character with inner turmoil to overcome is much more interesting than one who is practically perfect in every way. The last thing I wanted to end up with was an entourage of Mary Sues.

Characters need strengths too, including antagonists. It not only makes a villain type character more realistic, but also much more interesting. Sure, it’s easy to hate a guy who eats puppies for breakfast and wants to blow up the world because he’s EVIL, but he’s just a typical villain who will probably be forgotten shortly after the book is put down. A one dimensional villain is as bad as a one dimensional protagonist.

Whereas somebody who believes they are doing good but are inadvertently opposing the protagonist, is much more interesting. There’s more for the reader to question, and there’s a build up in tension as the reader does not know how the two will react when they come face to face.

I wanted to insure every one of my characters had an element of grey to them. With that mindset, I began planning. Turns out, writing flawed characters is easy for me. A bit too easy in fact. Because when I sat down and took a look at them all, I found out I had accidentally forgotten to give half of them any strengths. I had basically written a bunch of very unlikable people. Oops. A few good hours of planning later, and the problem has been solved, mostly. I still have one character who I’m unsure about, but he hasn’t appeared in my draft yet, so I’m hoping that his actions and interactions with others will develop him past what I have on paper. It worked with several others, so fingers crossed it works with him.

 

~~Ari

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