Types of Writers/Authors

Pull up your chairs for this one. I plan on blowing the lid off what really goes on behind the scenes. Here are some classic groups of writers/authors you should avoid at all costs. This will save your sanity and perhaps, your manuscripts.

 

  1. Literary Snobs: Oh, yes! They hide in large groups of writers/authors. You can find these pesky vermin in Facebook newbie groups, LinkedIn, and anywhere they can hide. What do they do? They destroy any piece of work you have written. They tend to be over-critical and a pack of jerks. Nothing you write is ever good enough in their eyes. These nasty trolls hate on authors like: E.L. James, Stephenie Meyers, John Grisham, James Patterson, and yes… J.K. Rowling. Never mind they were successful authors and sold millions of copies. They consider them “hacks” and if you write like them, prepared to be destroyed. They make you feel absolutely worthless for using adjectives and claim every sentence you write is a disaster. They know more than you because they’ve sold more copies of books than you. When in truth, these literary trolls usually never disclose what books they’ve written. And when you do find out books they’ve written… they’ve received less than five-stars because of their lack of imagination. Not only that… self-published authors are simply throwing money out the window, every time they self-publish a novel. They normally travel in a large cluster of other literary morons that believe they know everything. Writer Beware: Avoid these groups at all costs. They are not a multi-best seller. They didn’t even make the list for New York Times or Amazon’s best seller’s list.And if you do have a book listed, they find your book and purposely bomb it, by leaving you a review that has nothing to do with your book. Watch out… “Et Tu Brute” anyone?
  2. Get Rich Quick Writer/Author: Oh… you can come across these in Facebook or LinkedIn groups. They even promote their junk on Twitter. Sometimes they hide out and strike at the wrong time. These writers/authors believe their work is perfect. They ask for advice but they never take advice seriously. They normally pop out novellas and they really are terrible. Their work is usually poorly formatted and riddled with errors. They normally write something like this for example: I went too the market with Jolly and we picked out a wreath and the color was purple and I checked out a mofo with a big sack of shit. Nevermind this shit doesn’t make knows since. I’ma tell you how to right. Did I say right instead of write? Fuck yeah… because my shit’s a bestseller’s. Woohoo… Give me that Lamborghheeeni yall. Me and the youngins are moved up in the big house because we cool like that. They need massive help or clue but never accept help. Their books score less than two-stars if they’re lucky. An editor can be your friend and help you decipher and fix the above example. They don’t know what point of view, character dialogue, character archetypes, past/present/future tense, or what a cliff-hanger is. These flood Amazon’s Createspace, KDP, and Smashwords. Yes, their work is that terrible.
  3. The Announcement Author/Writer: They make sure they tell you that they’re writing a novel… non-stop. You can find these on Twitter or on your Facebook buddy list. “Yo, I’m writing a novel.” They never get shit done because they’re busy socializing instead of writing. They are lucky to make it to 50,000 words.
  4. Kicking it Old School Writer/Author: You can find these in NaNoWriMo groups. They really want to burn their computer/laptops. They only have these for entertainment purposes or to fill in word counts. You almost never hear from them. They are busy writing their novels by hand. If you write your rough draft via the computer/tablet/laptop… you’re the enemy. Never mind if you have physical ailments to prevent you from writing by hand. They can feel writers of the past flow through their rough drafts, when they write by hand. These authors/writers are typically intelligent but they won’t get down with the real world. How dare you write your rough draft using today’s technology! Hiss…
  5. The Em-Dash/Ellipses/Comma Writer/Author: You can see some of them in traditionally published books. They have their works published and you don’t understand why. They love the using em-dashes throughout their paragraphs and it makes a frustrating read.By the time you’re done reading their novels, you want to burn the em-dash, ellipse, or commas. Never mind that it takes you out of their novels. Why must you overuse these? Um… I… hate… too… many… ellipses… I’m, a comma-chameleon, comma, comma, comma… chameleon. She was hot–too–trot–don’t–you–enjoy–em-dashes–I–love–reading–books–like–these.
  6. Melodramatic Writer/Author: Everything they write is automatic trash. Nothing reads good enough in their eyes. You can find these writers on Wattpad. Even though they are hard on themselves, you appreciate their honesty. “My work is shit!” They remind you of a painter who paints this beautiful piece of artwork but they destroy it. They are afraid of critics and hateful reviews. They keep their work up for a short period of time. Even though it’s good, they still can’t conquer their own inner demons. They normally take down all their websites, WordPress sites, Facebook Author groups, and even Twitter. They feel that they could never be as good as J.K. Rowling, George R.R. Martin, or even Tolkien. Some of the literary greats were in this category. And sadly… some of those greats committed suicide. Not all are like this but a ton are suicidal in this category. If you’re in this category, please seek help. We don’t need to lose your brilliant voice in our world. Everything is negative and nothing is ever positive. Even though they’ve received five-stars from their peers, they will typically study the one-star reviews over the five-stars. Yes, they ignore those important five-star reviews.
  7. The Lazy Writer/Author: The only time these writers come out is the month of NaNoWriMo. The only time they write is during the month of November. They can’t understand that writing is a daily job. And they certainly never meet their word counts for the month of November. We’re lucky to see them achieve five hundred words for the month of November. “My mind is blank.” The only way to redeem yourself from this pitfall is by writing every day. Start with writing prompts and work your way to developing your characters.
  8. The Perfectionist: You can find them everywhere. They are similar to the melodramatic writer but different. They believe their plots have to be perfect. They also believe their rough drafts have to be perfect, even though it’s called a rough draft for a reason. I never include chapter titles, prologues, scene breaks, or epilogues when I’m in rough draft mode. It’s going to look ugly and it won’t be perfect. Going back and re-editing your work, will never help you finish your rough draft on time. The best thing to do is to keep writing. You can always go back with a first revision, second, third, fourth, fifth, and so forth. It doesn’t need to be perfect the first time you write something. Of course, it will have errors. Even final drafts have errors.
  9. The Busy Writer/Author: You don’t see these much. They have children, spouse, jobs, or school to attend. They often put more pressure on themselves than they need to do. By the time they’re done, they’re tired. They are worn the fuck out. They’ve ran little Sally to cheer and Bobby Joe to football practice. The way to combat this is to take a notebook and a pen with you. If you’re kid isn’t playing, start writing. I can’t tell you how many times, I’ve taken a tablet with me while watching all three sons play baseball. If my kid isn’t up to bat or playing in the field, I’m writing. I even take a notebook and a pen with me for school functions. It’s called multi-tasking not being a bad parent. If you have a test at school, take a notebook and pen with you. Finish your test and write a paragraph. It can be done.
  10. The Martyr/Charitable Writer/Author: These group of people are the most self-sacrificing people. They help with writer prompts and form groups on YouTube, NaNoWriMo, and Facebook. They have a strict policy that keeps the 1-9 out. They form public groups of writers that we can mingle with each other. You love them because they’re always smiling and have something tangible to say. They make you feel good about yourself. We need more writers/authors like these. They often encourage you to write. Unlike one through nine, these people are often best seller’s. They never have a mean thing to say and somehow get shit done. These people are magicians and saints. They are typically your M.L or region leaders on NaNoWriMo. Even Anne Rice and J.K. Rowling are extremely supportive of all writers. They don’t put writers/authors into Indie/Self vs Traditionally published writers. Even E.L. James is a big supporter of other writers/authors. Go on YouTube and find M. Kirin. This author will make you feel important and always brightens your day with the advice this person gives you. We have enough back-stabbing and evil in the world. How you treat other writers makes you either a good person or a bad person. I don’t know about you but I’d rather be in this group of writers. We give tips on everything to help you give ideas. We want you to share your work. We are not in competition with you. A world without words, isn’t a world I want to live in. Be strong, be brave, and take a chance. All it takes is just one word at a time. Eventually, you’ll have a beautiful piece of literature. All you need is a little help or advice. It is up to you, if you want to take that help.

 

I hope this list brightens your day. If it doesn’t, I’m sorry. If I’ve pissed you off, maybe you need to change your habits. I would like to be number 10, how about you?

 

The Agony Over Agonists

In writing, not many people know these terms. I will make a better post on character archetypes soon. I chose to do research on this. We often hear terms of antagonists or protagonists.

So, what are these agonists?

Protagonist: This is normally the hero or heroine of a story. You see this in everything you watch or read. They have their belief systems in place or a set of goals, they believe that’s for the good of all mankind or supernatural creatures. These are your right-fighters and seem morally superior to others. Frodo or Harry Potter are great examples of protagonists.

Antagonist: This is normally the villain of a story, show, or movie. They are there to stop the protagonist from excelling in their goals. They believe what they are doing is right. Normally these characters have a huge ego, narcissist, psychotic, or various other terms they call these characters. They will do whatever is necessary to stop the protagonist. Examples are: Lord Voldemort, the devil, Sauron, or the headless horseman. Even Negan is considered an antagonist.

Now… I need to add more that many writers are unaware of.

Contagonist/Deuteragonst: These are different words but they have the same meaning. Some argue that these characters can either be a friend to the protagonist or they could be a friend to an antagonist. Most of the time, they are normally friends to the hero/heroine or protagonist. This character is out for themselves. They may switch from side to side, so they can find out who offers the best deal. They can stop either the protagonist or the antagonist from achieving their goals. These are your best poker players. They are normally mentally sound, even when you think they aren’t. I’m working on my series and I have a ton of these in hiding. These are the most dangerous characters to create because you never know which side they are on. This is where many readers throw a book. These characters are charming, attractive, funny and they usually make a reader fall in love with them. When they fall, they do it rather well and not with grace. These characters make you hate them. But they always return and try to do the right thing. If you can pull this character off, you will elicit many emotions from the reader. Prepare to receive hate mails for these type of characters. Examples are: Professor Snape, Gemma from Sons of Anarchy, Gollum

Triagonist: These characters are the third member of a protagonist’s life/existence. These can be the underdog, if you want to look at them that way. They are the characters that normally pick up the pieces from what the antagonist and contagonist/deuteragonist left behind. They are normally the unsung heroes or heroines of a story. They don’t want the attention but they have a pure soul. They normally say something that rallies the protagonist or something a reader can relate to. I love these characters. I have a few of these in my series, too. Examples of these are: Sam the Brave/Wise, Hermoine, Ron Weasley, Hagrid, and Professor Snape could be here, too.

 

I can’t say who is what in my series because it would blow many plots for me. You have to find the underdog in your series. Make that character become the heart of your series. It doesn’t always have to be the good guy/gal or protagonist.

There is another term that needs to be discussed: Anti-hero/heroine. They don’t want to be the hero/heroine of a story. But because of certain situations, they have to become the hero/heroine. These are usually your characters who have a checkered past or they simply don’t want to save everyone. They do what they do because they have to. I have a couple of these in my series as well. They aren’t a pure character and their morality is often questionable. These characters often make a reader furious. These characters will get around to doing the right thing but not on a reader or viewer’s time-table.

 

Shifting From Dark Fantasy to Epic

Dark Fantasy, someone has to die and it’s normally told from the antagonist’s point of view. That’s the gist of everything. It’s the opposite of Paranormal Romance. At the end of the series, nobody is happy and there really isn’t a suitable conclusion.

Epic Fantasy, I always took it that it had to mean something of the scope of Lord of The Rings. Here are some of my valid reasons to switch from Dark Fantasy to Epic Fantasy.

  1. Slow storytelling. It takes me a long time to get to the end of the story. I enjoy well-thought out characters. I don’t want to feel like I’ve been sucker punched.
  2. I have eight main characters. That means my story is told by eight different characters but not all in one book. Even though Bram Stoker wrote multi characters in first person and in one book, Dracula. I’m not that confident of a writer, to pull that one, off. I opted to make an entire book on one main character at a time. That is how I prefer to read books. I can read multi point of views in one novel but by the time I get to the middle of the story, I don’t want to read it anymore. But anyway, I love my eight main characters. They are here to stay.
  3. With a large number of main characters, I also have an enormous cast of characters. I already have at least seventy-five characters in one large series. Not to mention, I have to kill a ton of those characters and replace certain characters. Kill your darlings, right?
  4. Heavy word counts. Yeah, I knocked it out of the park on that one. Even though book 1 is at a whopping 50,358 words, my other novels are way over that amount. Book 2, doubles it. Book three, will probably triple book one’s word count.
  5. I have a Viking, a pirate, a jester, and various other archetypes. I am writing a fantasy about three feminine lead characters. Even though the main story s about them, I still have to include the masculine characters. I also have vampires, fairies, angels, werewolves… etc.
  6. Dragons, oh my! The dragons will make their entrance soon enough. They won’t be on a large-scale, though. It will be on a short scale.
  7. I do have swords and magic. I also have guns. The guns are a pain to reload in a fantasy. My characters have opted for their swords and magic.
  8. I have multiple fantasy settings and will continue to switch fantastical worlds.
  9. I do have an orphan and one “almost” orphaned girl. Actually, I’ll have three orphaned girls by the time this series is completed.
  10. There will be more action and especially, adventure further down the line. Instead of the current stories being dominated by masculine characters, mine will be dominated by feminine characters. It’s about time. I believe I can direct different types of women in one genre. You have the tomboy, the diva, headstrong, questionable, etc. They will range from sixteen on up to over thousands of years. It can and will be done. Don’t worry, I won’t emasculate the opposite sex. There will be a gender war at some point. If you get a group of headstrong women together, anything is possible.
  11. Easy magic system. I can’t say what it is.
  12. The portal travel isn’t insane and quite easy to understand.
  13. Absolutely, no time travel allowed. I have something else to replace time travel. I did take the classic scientific/Steampunk approach to my series.
  14. Time… this series is taking a ton of time to complete. But I do love my series.
  15. A ton of complicated plots. I purposely left gaps in certain areas that other novels will fill in. I have at least three main plots going on. I have countless subplots going on, too. I love a complicated and dynamic series.
  16. Because, I can and I will see this project through.It’s about time, we have some feminine ass kickers. I’m sure there are other series with dominant women but I’m sick of seeing the classic line of the damsel in distress. We need more relatable women in the fictional realm. I wouldn’t let some bad person, beat the crap out of me. I would fight back and have fought back in my past. I’m a strong woman. I’m stronger than what I give myself credit for. I fought hard to make it this far. I believe I can do it, without being demeaning to the men. I have a perfect solution to what happens to my masculine characters in the future. I can’t say what because when shit goes down, it will be terrible for all the characters. Remember, some of these men already are or will become dads. When they rip a child away from a loving father, it will become a war of epic proportion.
  17. I’m throwing everything at you, including the damn kitchen sink. Romance, sure! Sci-Fi, sure! Fantasy, hell yeah! Paranormal, fuck yeah! This means everything is going down. Dystopia, Utopia, Mystery, Romance Erotica, etc. It’s coming at you like a fastball.

 

This is exactly why, I believe my series belongs in epic fantasy. I plan on keeping it there and I’ll fight alongside my characters to keep it there. Go big… or go fucking home.

NaNoWriMo 2016

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. I have joined and I’m doing quite well for day three. I kind of partied a little too hard after the Cub’s win.Baseball is huge in my family. My grandfather was a Cub’s fan. Unfortunately, he died five years before I was born. So, pretty much, the rest of us are die-hard Cub fans. I wish he was alive to see it. My mother’s side and her, were born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Anyway… it’s death to root for another team. I root for Chicago all the way down. Cubs, Bulls, Bears, Blackhawks. I know better. The only team I root for in the NCAA is the Kentucky Wildcats. That would be death from my dad’s side of the family. So, I’m mixed with southern slash midwest.

Anyway, my region is doing okay. I believe we have 347 novelists in my region. We are knocking down six thousand words a day. The goal is to shoot for 50,000 words. The key is to get in a habit and write. It doesn’t have to be pretty. I’m a perfectionist so guess what? It has to be perfect in my eye. I’m working on it! Anyway, I’m also an overachiever. I’m now on day three and I already have 25,000 words down. I had to rewrite my book. I changed Christian’s name to William. I love that name, so I chose William. It was my first replacement name. Since another popular series has Christian, I opted to use William. Will for short. I made a new prologue and epilogue for it as well. Some of my words are flipped backwards. I know I have a problem with that. I think it’s from mild dyslexia. Even on my blogs, I’ll flip my words around or put a strange word in there. My youngest son, third child is currently being diagnosed with dyslexia. I also believe our youngest daughter is color blind. But hey! I can handle everything. I have 25K words down. And then I noticed all these badges you can earn. So, little perfectionist me has to tone it down a notch. I don’t want to be finished with book 2 in three days. I need to stretch it out, once I hit the 50,000 mark. This one will be a heavy novel. It won’t be short. I expect it to be over 100,000 words. I had to split book 1 up because it was too long. That will be the only book, I’ll split.  Book 3 will probably be over 140,000 words. If I put those three books together, it will put me at 300,000 words. That leaves me 700,000 words to split in the following three books. My goal is to hit a million words in six books. I would like to hit two million words by the time I’m finished with my series.

These are the words that won’t be in any of my novels: copper, crimson, “oh my,” GD, or anything relating to inner goddesses, tiger,lioness, or anything like that. He filled me up with joy would be a much better selection. I’ve also removed the bets. It seemed pointless and dumb. Feather remains and Rosalie… will still wreck cars. I’m leaving all the story lines alone… except for Jeannie’s. I’m still tweaking her story line. I’ll be able to pay for my illustration here shortly. You will see Ian return at some point. We need to change a few things on Jeannie and change Christian/William up a lot. His face is longer than that. And we need to finish changing his name over to William. I can’t use Tristian because… you will see why in a few books down the road. That name is already in play. And Tris is too close to Tris from another series. It’s hard to come up with a name that another series hasn’t used much of. I can’t use Zachary… that’s my son’s name and it’s too weird. Anyway, that name is in play already but in a different form. I have a ton of characters. Raz is one of my favorites along with Ian. Watch what the dynamic duo in book 4. Ian gets a pair with Raz’s help. They are a mess together. Zane will turn into the scientist that he is. He won’t escape his lab but he does gain a friend. I have big plans for Zane in the future novels.

At the end of book 2, it will preview for the new book 4. I’m shifting the books back by one book. So the former book 2, will be the new book 3. I am using temporary book covers. The first five are ready. These are just place holders until I finish paying my Illustrator. Thankfully, he’s working with me. He could have been a dick. I won’t use anything until I know it’s paid off. Ian is the first character, I’m paying off. I need him, since he is the flagship of my series. And when you have a ton of medical issues flying at you, it makes self-publishing extremely difficult. What about editing? Well… considering the person who did the job did little technical issues, I won’t be hiring one again. Considering the other bodies of work, no editor or team of editors are perfect. But if you’re paying them the big bucks, that shit better be checked with a gold pen. I’m better off, putting that money in marketing. No book will ever be 100% correct. I have problems with my commas. That’s the only thing, I’m struggling with. I can catch everything else on my own. They usually make mine worse. Nope, won’t be hiring another one. I don’t care.

Anyway, that’s where I’m at. I’m getting shit done.