The light at the end of the tunnel

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There is something to be said for sticking it through until the end.  When it involves writing a novel, it can be a very long tunnel that you have to wade through to reach that end goal, that glorious light of accomplishment. I’ve been writing this book for about a year now and I can happily say that I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. It wasn’t easy though.

Many people dream of being a writer, a novelist, an author. They are a people of dreams who want to share their fantastic vision with everyone else. They are storytellers who create wondrous new worlds and skalds that believe in retelling history with a bit of flare to remember what has happened.  There is power in dreams and the worlds that are created with that power can be awe inspiring. No wonder there are so many people who aspire to be a writer.

Yet, most will never see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve seen various statistics on a writer’s success rate, which if you take an average of them, comes out to  about 6,400:1 odds that you will get published. Not very good odds is it. Still there is hope.

This average, however, is based on traditional methods of publishing your work. You find a literary agent and then they find you a publishing company to release your work. That is a lot of middlemen between you and your readers. While it may work for some people, for a growing number of new writers (like myself), the ends don’t justify the means any longer.

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Book Review: Mistborn – The Final Empire

Author: Brandon Sanderson200px-Mistborn-thefinalempirecover
Genre: High Fantasy

Synopsis: For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the “Sliver of Infinity,” reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler’s most hellish prison. Kelsier “snapped” and found in himself the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, he turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark.

Kelsier recruited the underworld’s elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. Only then does he reveal his ultimate dream, not just the greatest heist in history, but the downfall of the divine despot.
But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel’s plan looks more like the ultimate long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life. Like him, she’s a half-Skaa orphan, but she’s lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets, and gotten it. She will have to learn to trust, if Kel is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed.


Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars

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Building a Fantasy Horror Setting

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So one of the big reasons I started this blog was to kind of two fold. The first was to provide an outlet for the random writing thoughts that I have to inspire myself and others to be better. This, in theory, would allow me to network a little with other writers and generally introduce myself to the world of writing. The second was to be a place I could share information and updates on the novels that I’m working on. The little short stories are nice and all, but the meat and potatoes of what I write is my baby called The Night Reign Chronicles.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Review)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a 2012 fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson. It is the first of a three-part film adaptation of the 1937 novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, to be followed by The Desolation of Smaug and There and Back Again, due for theatrical release in 2013 and 2014, respectively. The film premiered in New Zealand on 28 November 2012 and was released internationally on 13 December 2012, where it has since received mixed to positive critical reaction.

I saw this movie with my wife at the local Flix Brewhouse in Round Rock, TX. I will preface this review to state that I have read the novel (a bit it was a good while ago) as well as The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I went into this movie expecting it to be a more light hearted movie than the LotR movies because at its heart, The Hobbit was written as a children’s book. Sure it has some more adult moments and themes, but at its core, it is a standard hero’s journey of an unassuming main character. Did I get what I was looking for? Scroll down to find out.

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Building the Perfect Solider

This is part of an ongoing series of designing a story. The hope is that this series will help new writers get ideas on how to design a story or for experienced writers looking for new ideas. In either case, the information presented here is to learn and have fun.

-Lucas

In our last blog, we covered the basics of our characters. We determined names and who was a major character and who was a minor character.  Our next task is to flesh out our characters so they come alive in our writing. It is important to know who your characters are, otherwise, you don’t know how they would react in a given situation. No one wants a boring story filled with wooden characters that just go from plot point to plot point. The characters in your story will make or break you more than anything else so make this part your best work.

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Designing Marines

This is an ongoing series of designing a story. This blog will cover character design and development. This information provided here is intended to inspire and offer insight to those looking for ideas and information to help with your own writing. Feel free to use the method given for your own work.

-Lucas

Designing the good guys

Previously we went over designing our story through a modified Snowflake Method. Now that the outline of our story is complete, we now need the most important part of our story fleshed out: our characters!

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Building a Story VIII

This is the eighth blog in an ongoing series of designing a story using my writing process so others can get an in-depth look of the process in action. As before, this process works for me. If you find something you like, use it. I won’t even ask for credit.

-Lucas

In the last blog, we covered the creation of our fourth paragraph that focused on the revalation of what our monsters are. As this is the last paragraph, we now need to wrap everything up and finish out our story.

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