Fellow Aspiring Writers, and Insightful Questions

It is never appropriate to live in a vacuum.  I’ve heard it can get quite dusty, and irritate your allergies.

Today, a set of three WordPress accounts shall be provided for your perusal.  The genre will fluctuate between Fantasy Fiction, Science Fiction, and Historical Fiction.  Each Saturday going forward, I shall provide another set of seven.

Below are the first group of fellow writers I humbly suggest you take the time to read, if you have not done so already.  There is promise in their works, and a little support goes a long way in any endeavour.

1)            From My Write Side

The author of this site, known as SAM, describes herself as ‘a mom, a wife, a coach, a teacher, a maid, a chauffeur, a woman, and a survivor.’  Being a mother in and of itself is a demanding full-time job, requiring one to fulfil so many roles you would need an exceptionally sturdy hat stand.

Having read the first four posts of her ongoing series, The Elven Games, SAM has proven more than capable of producing endearing characters in the forms of Tribba, Larss and Edgar.  The first two characters have had their lives adversely affected by some questionable neighbours, and Edgar is noble enough to take on the challenge that is the story’s title.

2)           The Kraken’s Wake

Len is the talented provider of content on this site. So talented, in fact, that his work is also posted on the Legends Undying website as their go-to Thursday author.

His current project is Ties That Bind.  The first post follows the exploits of a set of hunter elves.  However, one person within this group is not as well-versed in real-world monster hunting.  Will the joys of young love be extinguished by the monster they hunt?

3)            J.  Collyer

There is a feel of mystery to those who provide an initial in lieu of their first name.  This well-studied author (at both Bachelor and Masters level!) is currently working on their first full-length novel, entitled The Road Elsewhere.  And with a quality author such as Robin Hobb noted as their inspiration, what more reason does one need to check out their work?

I chose to start at their beginning, and read a short story entitled Bubble in a Mud Puddle.  It was an intriguing little piece, with the sole character looking back on their life, wondering what had really happened, and if they even actually wanted to remember.

 

In another of J.  Collyer’s posts, an interesting set of questions were posed.  They were most kind in letting me borrow the questions, which I shall try to answer.

I often wonder if other writers feel they have to put the same amount of thought into the process, or if it comes more easily to them. Maybe I am thinking too much, care too much?

When it comes to writing, there is no such thing as thinking or caring too much.  The stories one reads where there is a well-developed, vividly realised world inhabited by well-rounded, interesting characters… the enthusiasm and exceeding care the author has taken draws the reader in.  The story can be five pages, three hundred, seven hundred, over a thousand… It’s not a matter of if you do think or care too much.  You must, or the reader will be able to tell.

 I would be interested to know how you find it when you read work you admire, or work you don’t.

The current book I am reading, ‘The Palace of Impossible Dreams’ by Jennifer Fallon, is an author I discovered recently.  I had been given a free copy of one of her books with my purchase of the most recent ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ tome, but I have not read it due to it sounding very similar to another series I am yet to read.

Another series of hers, entitled ‘The Tide Lords’, piqued my interest due to its seemingly nautical nature.  Seafaring is extremely low on the agenda, with the rest of the story involving people granted extraordinary power while retaining all the pettiness and jealousy of us mere mortals, and those who seek to stop them.

The world is enticingly varied, the characters are fully realised, and the dialogue between them is very witty.  Ms Fallon must have taken an extraordinary amount of time to discover the addictive, velvety nature of her writing style.  I hate having to stop reading, which is a fantastic thing.

 Are you consumed with the need to figure out the whys and the wherefores for you own development? And if so, to what sort of level?

Absolutely!  The only person who should be harder on your writing is a professional editor, and only by the slightest of margins.

My current science fiction story is instigating many road blocks at the moment.  The world must be authentic, and my research must capture the essence of the characters.  The main character is returning home after an extended stay on Venus, and having been delayed by dropping off some precious cargo to various cities on Earth.  His home must capture the soul of its inhabitants, as his people share a deep bond with the land.

The level to which I seek to figure out how to bypass these road blocks?  Spending full days attached to Wikipedia and Google, searching every possible link I can find to make sure that Chapter Five will be the best it can possibly be.

To be an author, or any craft for that matter, one must be a humble student.  No matter how much you know and study, there is always more to be learned.  Laurels belong on Caesar’s head, and should not be treated as a pillow.

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7 responses

  1. Lots of interesting points 🙂 “No matter how much you know and study, there is always more to be learned. ” – love it. Some people I think might find this idea daunting, but I think it’s an incredibly positive thing, if you enjoy the process. Which I do 🙂

    1. Perfectionists would indeed find the idea that one cannot know everything a daunting task. When an author is creating a scene or authenticating a character trait, you have to be humble in realising you could research forever and still not entail every minor quibble that embodies a locale or personality. The ‘Chaos Theory’ of authorship =)

  2. Thank you for your support. It means a lot to know that people are enjoying my material. It was neat to see the first chapter summarized by someone else.

    1. No worries at all; your work is supportable indeed. ‘Sage Advice’ has proved it, with a nice setup of potential conflicts in the later portions of the story.

      Keep up the good work =)

  3. Thank you so much for the shout out. I’m glad you enjoyed The Elven Games and continue to read the series.

    1. My pleasure SAM. I cannot wait to see the Games that are in store for poor Edgar =)

  4. […] author of this site, noticed some work on my previous site.  Alongside Len, who was mentioned in a previous post, Paul is member of the Legends Undying […]

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