Hey guys! This past week has been a good one for me, and I'm hoping it has been pleasant for you, my readers, too. For this post, I figured I'd just do a recap on where I am in this writing journey of mine, and share with you some big news.
Time for a Character Post! This one is the first of its kind on my blog, and I'll be posting about one of my characters every other Thursday, such as where I got my inspiration on them and things like that. (I'm posting this today, on a Saturday, because I forgot to do it Thursday.) I'm trying to organize my posts and hopefully get a nice routine going with variety. So for my characters, it's only fitting that I start with the main star, Nwanne!
Below is another excerpt from my novel, Radiance Lost. It's been awhile since I've posted one of these, and I know you've been hungry for more, so enjoy! Leave your thoughts and opions in the comments below!
Hey guys! I know its been a few weeks since I've posted, and I have to apologize for that. Between editing, and the part of my life that doesn't involve writing, I coulnd't keep up. I finished my second draft earlier this week and from now on I will be posting consitently, so let's get to it!
When writing a book, does one come up with the scene first, or the individual pieces, creating the scene as they go? There's no right or wrong answer. Every approach is different. Always being the one to plan as I go, I found myself develping the world of my book as I wrote my story, and only drew a map once I had finished the first draft. Some of you are cringing, I know, but don't leave. Let me take you to Juuga.
Hey guys! I know it's been a few weeks since I made a post, an I have to apologize for that. Between editing and posting on here and the part of my life that doesn't involve writing, I just couldn't keep up on the blog. I finished my second draft earlier this week and so I will be back on here, giving you insight and content to my novel, Radiance Lost.
In my first post, I gave you, the reader, a feel for how I write, and I got a little feedback on how a few of my characters spoke. The dialogue was different, not written in a style of English most are accustomed to. (If you havent read my first blog post, go ahead and do that before reading any furthuer. It will make this one much more enjoyable).
It's been a few days since you finished your book, the first draft at least. Confident and rested, you sit down before your computer screen and get ready to edit. Only problem is, you're not ready to edit. To go the distance in writing, you need to give your writing distance.(I came up with that in the car. I was thinking something on the line of Disney's Hercules movie. Glad that worked out.) Before I even finished my first draft, I had a plan a plan of action. No matter what, I would go for a month without looking at my book. I called this my Shading period. (There's no real reason why I call it that. I just do.) Though I was giving my book space, I didn't stop working on it. For months I had accumulated dozens of writing prompts with which I could use my very own characters. With these prompts, I created backstories and simaultaneously got to know my characters on a deeper level. If you're interested in using these prompts for yourself, email me and I can send them to you. Even when your writing break is over and done, it's just as important, if not more so, to keep distance from your book while editing. Keep editing periods brief and frequent, and even then, take some long distance breaks from your work. I plan on doing my Shading periods every two weeks. Hard core refining with essential reflection. That's how you go the distance.
For my first blog post, I wanted to give you all a little taste of the flow and style of my book. After I did that, I was up the entire night wondering about what my content would be, and so I decided that I would tell you all a little bit about where I am in my journey to becoming an author. Radiance Lost is the first serious writing project that I've ever done on my own and actually stuck with. I had attempted writing another story before, but I think I lacked the maturity and drive to do something so big. It's hard to sit down in front of a computer and not play video games at 12 years old, hell, it's still hard not to do that. (Say what you want. I am forever a child.)
Nwanne looked around at the group of survivors. Although they were safe, their eyes flicked from side to side, and they flinched and cried out in fear, for their minds still believed they were in danger. One woman was huddled by the trunk of Tai’s baobab tree, her whole body trembling. She pointed and accusing finger at Nwanne. “You! You killed my babies. You killed my husband. You killed our families!”
Richard A. Perry
Hi, to everyone reading this! Everyone calls me Richie, so feel free to do the same. I'm just someone who wants to use their passion to change others.
A Brief Look into the Book
The timeline of Radiance Lost is set in the distant future where many technologies have been lost and forgotten in favor of magic. The land the book takes place in is made up, but has ties to the real world, shown clearly in the language of the people, as well as their culture.