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Introducing Unfamiliar Races to Readers

I’ve been working hard on the new series (Sizael). I’m happy to say I’ve got a beginning I like and a direction that works. However, one thing I did find myself having difficulty with was introducing a race that is unique (at least in name and culture) to this series’ world. That of the Jateri. Essentially, they are horned humans, and are considered relatives to humans.  I’ve been writing for Sizael since 2008, so the Jateri and the other race I have created for them is nothing new to me, yet writing the first book of a series is proving to be interesting because I’m having to approach these races and other unique elements with the idea of introducing them to the audience for the first time.

 

In the end, the first Jateri was referred to as a, “horned Jateri” until two paragraphs later when my assassin character (the main protagonist) could take a moment to absorb what the Jateri looked like. It’s then that the race is explained in the narrative. It’s interesting returning to a world you started to create years before and writing books for it with the intention of sharing them with others, just due to the challenges that comes with introducing elements specific to your series’ world.

Have you ever had this experience before? How did you deal with it? Share in the comments and you’ll be put into a draw for a special blog interview!

Reinforcing my Writing

The past few years, slowly but surely, an online writing roleplaying forum I created started to take my hobby time. All of it – every day I was keeping an eye on it, and if I was offline it was just as likely my mind was thinking about it. Why? I loved the project, and I still do. It was an original fantasy world I created, with major NPCs (mostly the main antagonists) written for by me. For those unfamiliar with online writing roleplaying, it is a collaborative writing experience, where worlds can be created by individuals or by many, and each player write for their own or adopted characters. My game’s world was created almost completely by me, with minor areas created by others.

When I first created the world, I had no intention of writing books for it. I made the world for the sole purpose of writing-to-roleplay in it’s setting. Meanwhile I was working steadily but comfortably on my fantasy-crime main series (and occasionally dipping into my stand-alones and other series). In the time the writing roleplaying forum ran, I moved several times. Between the moves and my WRPG, and working a full-time job, the habit of writing for my offline characters slowly faded away.

At the beginning of December, I finally closed the WRPG due to external influences affecting it in a negative manner. As a result, this opened up that time that would normally be spent working on it. I’ve promised myself that I will write a minimum of one thousand words every day, which though it was once an easy goal, nowadays it will be harder to reach. I’ll also be using the extra time to improve my drawing techniques.

That isn’t all I’ve decided though. I’ve been thinking a lot the past dozen months about all sorts of things. In 2014 I will be turning 25, and I have always been pretty hard on myself in regards to achievement and goals. My online services such as web hosting saw me decide on fifteen goals for the year just for that, so I thought I would make more than just the one thousand minimum rule – for my love of writing and my characters, I would make a few goals for my writing too.

1)      Write at least 1000 words a day.

2)      Write one and a half books in 2014 (this was my old average).

3)      Look more seriously into self-publishing – ask other self-publishers lots of questions as part of that.

4)      Read the first book in my main series as it is, completely, without listening to the editing trigger finger and then decide what to do with it (and for the moment pausing the editing I started doing – more about this soon).

5)      Work on both the assassin series as well as the main series and the Andreni series – finish planning for at least one book in each series.

Continuing to Write!

It’s been ages since I posted! My apologies for that!

This year has proven to be a little hectic – in April I went self-employed, which comes with various additional tasks you have to do on a daily basis (not to mention a lot of maths), and with that, I also found time to put into my writing and reading.

I’ve been continuing to work on the new version of the first book of my fantasy-crime series, and though it is slow going (I finally decided the talking cat secondary protagonist would stay in with only two small parts to play), I am slowly progressing. I have a new opener that I like for the main female protagonist, and am currently in the process of writing the scene where she meets the main male protagonist in the series and her future husband (and then ex-husband).

I’ve noticed that some days my writing lacks description, seemingly slipping into the newer style of almost no description to help the reader visualise the scene. This trend has appeared not just in my writing, and has appeared because of social media. As it’s not vanishing any time soon, it begs the question: is less description better for my writing?

I think, personally, that it might not be. I enjoy reading my writing better if there is just enough description that it helps to paint the scene around. There’s nothing wrong with the other way, but I now have two new authors I like that have never once described their main protagonist, other than one having a moustache. It’s a bit off-putting for me not to know what the characters of these other writers look like, so I will ensure my writing keeps some description in.

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