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On Writing: Getting in the Mood

So I haven’t been posting anything here in a month or two due to my abnormally busy schedule. I am starting to understand just how difficult it is for non-full-time writers to finish any of their work.

I’ve had a week off and used it to work on my fifth book, which had been left untouched for over a month. To my surprise, I found myself completely lost, both in terms of story and mood. It took me two days of rereading the chapters I write and fiddling with the outline to adjust it to my current mood, or perhaps to get into the mood which I intended to write with, and finally continue.

Writing a book while keeping the same general thoughts and emotions during the process is critical, I noticed, for the harmonious flow. Thus I suggest any writer to work on your book every day, or at least every other day, to keep doing progress in it and, most importantly, to keep it in mind and heart.

If I had not prepared an outline, the whole 15k words I wrote would have surely gone to waste.

Originum: The Seven Houses of Light

I was working on some lore for my fifth fantasy novel and decided to share it here. Let me know what you guys think.

The Seven Houses of Light were Salus’ main solution to battle the threat of corruption from external entities in Nosgard. After embarking on his quest, Deliverance, Salus, the Demigod Emperor Servak’s youngest son of two, realized that the agents of corruption are many and that they act as powerful forces to suppress the potential of Nosgard and its inhabitants.

Because the agents of corruption often worked in both hidden and revealed manners, Salus thought he should have plans to address both types of interference. The Seven Houses of Lights were established to, primarily, battle the type of corruption that requires no revealing, the ones who were acknowledged by the public to be a threat.

In order to strengthen the unity of Nosgard, a council of fourteen active members and one hidden member, initially Salus, was established. They would convene and decide on the path the Republic of Nosgard, formerly an empire, would take, peacefully and with mutual understanding.

Each house was formed by the official unity, usually marriage, of two opposite and distinguished Nosgardian individuals. These houses then would operate individually to generate money so they could finance whatever military, economic or developmental projects were required and decided upon to be in the benefit of Nosgard.

In return for their social status, the ruling families of the Seven Houses of Light were required to educate their children diligently and send them to roam the lands of Nosgard and beyond to learn as much as they can about it and its people. They were taught to become leaders with a strong sense of belonging, understanding and loyalty to the land.

Due to this condition, the Seven Houses of Light often lost many royal members during their dangerous education and endeavors, knows as The Pilgrimage; a risk dictated when they were first founded. The survivors of The Pilgrimage, however, became the pillars by which the Republic of Nosgard stood strong and the reason behind the continuous strengthening of the Seven Houses of Light.

In time, the Houses decided that the unity of Nosgard required a mutual goal, expansion, and began building armies to conquer the surrounding lands. The Eastern Charge was the first conquest sent to the Trakian Isles, and its soldiers were under the employ of the House of Egtahd.

Although the Seven Houses of Light were not affiliated to any city or ruler, only to the Republic of Nosgard, they were each located in a different city where they held their primary operations and responsibilities. Thus the Seven Houses of Light, in time, gained influence and loyalty from different cities, depending on their location. The House of Temperance, for example, was located in Gallecia and recruited most of its members from the city. There was, nevertheless, no rule or condition that they would adhere to recruiting and employing people from certain cities. Anyone was welcomed to join whatever House they wished, should the Houses be interested.

 

House Name City of Origin Insignia
First House of Temperance Gallecia The Eye
Second House of Egtahd Kol The Drop of Blood
Third House of Patienta Partha The Sand Dial
Fourth House of Tawda Alvissmal The Bowing Man
Fifth House of Naka Orkstad Isles The Veiled Maiden
Sixth House of Caritas Senna The Open Coin Purse
Seventh House of Godhet Estgard The Open Palm

 

On Awards: Liebster Blogging Award

I am not a hardcore blogger nor do I think that my ideas are worth of note, for I am mostly inspired by everyone around me, be it in virtually or else.

Winter Bayne (http://winterbayne.wordpress.com/) gave me a shout out for the Liebster Blogging Award – it is decorating the middle of this post.liebster-blog-award-2The process entails me to answer his 10 questions, then nominate 10 other bloggers with less than 200 followers, and present them with 10 questions of my own.

Thus the question answering begins.

  • Name 2 author sites you visit and why – I do not visit any author sites, I rarely have the time to do so, but I do watch Brandon Sanderson’s lectures on Youtube often. I find his way of taking the students through the writing process fairly useful. Sadly, though, I have never read any of his books.
  • Name 2 authors in the same genre as you. If you aren’t a writer  then 2 authors in your favorite reading genre –  I usually write fantasy (just until I reach my 1 million words mar), but since fantasy and sci-fi are usually grouped together, I will assume that both of them are one genre (or at least are very similar) and answer as such. Isaac Asimov is by far my favorite author. His process and way of delivering a message are phenomenal. It is from him that I derived the Golden Idea concept. The second, of course, is the same as every fantasy author’s favorite, Tolkien. He is, in m opinion, only second to Edgar Alan Poe in his writing style, but the idea that he practically invented modern fantasy makes him somewhat of my aspiring-writer inspiration.
  • What makes you bang your head against the keyboard? When a long day is finished and I feel that I want to write but can’t because I am too sleepy.
  • How did you get started Seriously, why did you write that novel? Or blog/business if not a writer –  I wrote my first novel, which I will never publish, because I was at a period in my life where work was slow and a hobby seemed a way to usefully invest my time in a relevant skill, writing.
  • How did you go about doing it (writing the novel for the first time or starting your online business)? It took me a month to finish my first novel, I was excited at the prospect of creating a world and placing its rules, and a lot of free time. Again, it was all possible because of a slow work pace.
  • What did you learn along the way? I learnt many things, but the most important, I think, so far is the ability to make meaning of things where none is provided; to see patterns hidden to others.
  • What’s your theme song? As in what song should start playing when you enter a room? Geneses’ I Can’t Dance.
  • What are you planning this month? I started my second semester preparing an MBA. I am pretty swarmed with work and readings.
  • What really inspires you? Knowing how little I know and how much I stand to learn. Growth is, I decided, my raison d’etre and learning, as I have discovered so far, is the best way to attain it.
  • What motivates you? The small things I notice in life that most of us, including me, take for granted.

As for the 10 bloggers I nominate, I will have to go back to the ones I try to follow as much as I can:

  1. Daniel Michaleski
  2. Joesephine L. Brooks

And these are, apparently, the only two I follow who meet the criteria. I will try to find some time to look for another eight and continue to forward this around.

On Writing: And Other Things

So I have been having a fair amount of stimulating discussions lately, and one of them was about the purpose of being (raison d’etre). The actual discussion I am referring to was not, however, about writing, but it resonated well when I generalized it to the craft.

This particular conversation, like most great ones, was held in a coffee-shop. A friend was interested in starting-up an innovative business related to the fashion industry. She kept talking to me about her idea and explained it in great detail, delving deep into many topics and concepts I had no idea about, but it all then eventually rippled up to one question.

She was reluctant about it, but had an untapped passion within her that was only kept hidden because of uncertainty, as most of us tend to do, and her main driver was not financial, rather it was social. She wanted to do something that would help others break free from social man-made bonds in a manner that was subtle, yet not to the extend of ineffectiveness.

Now, dear readers, I have discovered a common element found in all great writers (and entrepreneurs too), they write not to earn money or stroke their ego, but to change the world.

 

On Writing: Philosophical Message of Book V

If you ask yourself ‘what is the purpose in life’, then, by default, your purpose in life, currently, is to find one.

I often like to start my books/parts/chapters with mystical quotes of the mind that I come across while exploring life. I think this is among the best ones I have come up with so far.

On Philosophy: Where Am I and Where to Go?

I often ask myself: ‘Who do I want to become?’ and start listing the many things about myself that I want to change. This exercise ends up taking the whole day and providing an unimaginably long list of characteristic and behavioral attributes that need improvement, or change altogether.

Then a simple task becomes somewhat of an obsession that appears in everything I see; every conversation I hear; every smell that makes its way into my nose; every spec of dust that touches my skin; and every exotic taste that finds itself on my tongue. It takes over most of my thoughts, thankfully without hindering my functionality.

It is, I have to say, an exhilarating experience to purposefully go through this life-changing process of awareness. But, unfortunately, it does not leave me without more questions and on a clear path to whereas I want to go. And it often makes me wonder: ‘Am I happy with who I have become?’ The second question, however, usually leaves me more tryst.

Today, thought, was special, and I found myself, for the very first time, with an answer to my second self-inquiry: ‘I am happy with who I have become because there is still so much to do. And that means that I am alive and have a reason to continue on living; it means that, for now, there is purpose in my life.’

On Cartography: Book V Preliminary Map

Preliminary map

Preliminary map

On Writing: Perspective

I recently read a book called ‘Outlaw of Gor’ and it provided me with an outlook of something I have been thinking about for quite some time, writing fantasy from a first person perspective (I am not sure if this terminology applies in writing).

When I first started writing, I wanted to document a specific period in my life that few have been through, I shall keep it a mystery for now, and never got to do it because I thought that autobiographies suck unless they have a somewhat decent writing style. The words in biographies, as I discovered myself by reading them, bear much more weight than in other genres. It has to be art, not just a recollection of events.

So I started working on my fifth book, which would probably be titled Flamesoul or Grieving Flame, and writing it from a first person perspective. It is a fantasy book set in the world I have been working on for the past year or so, and will aim to address the topic of immortality while, if I manage to incorporate it, its relevance to the five stages of grief.

The first chapter, I decided, would be a simple recollection of the significant incidents which occurred in the past four books and their influence on the life of the protagonist. Thus there is no need for me to prepare an outline for this part, a relief that did give me a nice push to start the story.

I am, however, close to ending the first chapter, at a short 4k or so words, and will need to work on the outline with the new method I have mentioned in the last post, or maybe the one before that. I will keep recording any interesting findings on this blog for those who are interested. Please feel free to comment of anything and speak your mind.

Have a great day, evening or night!

On Writing: Finally Finished Book IV

I have finally finished my fourth book, originally called Deliverance Edge, today and felt like sharing. I can clearly see the improvement in my writing, for the thoughts start to flow freely and it feels easier to write them down and express them than it did in the third book.

The moduling outlining technique I spoke of earlier worked fairly well, but it did cause me a major setback when I was forced to leave the book for four months without working on it. I have, however, discovered a new method that I intend to use in my next book, which I have been thinking about for a year or so now. Basically, I will prepare two outlines; one general outline with the direction of the story to be prepared before writing anything, and one detailed outline to be prepared before writing each part. In short, I will further segment the process in a method that is supposed to allow me to stay on track and not get bored. I am already excited!

Stick around and see how this works out. Good luck!

On Writing: Finally a Chance

Last time I worked on completing my current story was four months ago. I have, however, been editing it as best as my abilities would allow.

The module-type outlines I have been experimenting with proved to be fairly well in keeping me motivated and in allowing the story to maintain its coherence. While I finished outlining and writing the first three parts, the fourth, and last, part was completely blank. This, nevertheless, was not a hindrance to me continuing the story. In fact, it was possibly a great thing considering that it allowed me to think thorough the ending of the story and not rush it.

What I noticed though was that the passing of time and me writing academic and business pieces instead of literature, due to my current studies, made my writing style differ significantly. Overall it was an improvement, but it did make it more difficult to maintain my fantasy writing style. Perhaps it would be a great asset in writing science fiction, considering that the language is less archaic and more scientific, but this notion remains untested at the moment.

I believe that the modulated outline method was a success to me and that without it the chance of me finishing a story that has been left untouched for 4 months would be fairly slim.

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