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Quotes to Write By – Day 27

Writing high fantasy is not for the hobbyist. It takes perseverance, cleverness, and lots of dedicated time.

I’m currently completing the second phase of world building for a high fantasy series that’s been haunting my waking and dreaming hours for quite some time. About three years actually. Adara Trosclair, for whom this blog is named after will make her appearance in the second book. I see main character in this first book clearly. She’s not like Adara, who is charismatic, sweet, and girly. Lethe, on the other hand, is bitter, snarky, resentful, and will most likely be an unlikable character. But that in no way means that readers will be unable to relate to her. Anyone who has lived on this earth may have acted like this guy:

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in some way, shape, or form. Even for a day. 🙂

But then again, maybe Lethe is more like this:

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And the entire idea behind this book — once a tiny seed — is now a mighty oak tree. Lol. Well, in my mind currently. For the past several days I’ve been working on my fantasy world’s distinct parts:

  • Continents
  • Characters
  • Religion
  • Ethnic groups
  • Jobs
  • Mythology
  • Language
  • Conflict

I also want my high fantasy idea to be fresh and to question and maybe even provide answers to current issues in the real world. Issues like racism, sexism, and bigotry.

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At first, I totally agreed with this quote from Tolkien. Fantasy is a great way to escape! However, escaping and being distracted is so easy and it’s not worth it. Yes, we all need a little break every now and then (that’s why I play video games and do Zumba Fitness), buuuuuuut, ignoring important issues in the world isn’t a solution to the world’s worldly ills (yes, yes, yes, I know I used the word world three times in that one sentence).

I’m considering whether or not the book would fit the Young Adult age group and if so, what kind of pitfalls must I avoid? For instance, is it okay for the two main characters to engage in sex? How violent and bloody should the sword and sorcery scenes be? And what about expletives? My husband and I are fans of Dragon Age and the rating for this RPG is “M” for mature audiences due to sex (your main character can ROMANCE other characters), violence (lots of blood — I mean LOTS), and other suggestive themes. And as I continue plotting away, do I consider my book having a dark tone like Dragon Age? HECK YA!

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Lots of blood slaughtering darkspawn, humans, dwarves, elves, and dragons!

I wouldn’t mind kids similar in age to my oldest son who will be seventeen soon reading this book. But younger than that? Wow. Just wow. Makes me feel uncomfortable.

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Lol. I just want Alistair. 🙂

As a child, I loved fairy tales and I also want to incorporate them into my high fantasy books. My favorites are the Twelve Dancing Princesses, Little Match Girl, and Rumpelstiltskin.

 

Regarding Tolkien’s quote, I agree more with the spotlighted quote of the day. I don’t need to escape. I want to understand.

 

Quote #27

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Quotes to Write By – Day 25

Last night, I stayed up until 1:30 in the morning. A picture book idea came to me and I simply had to write it! I completed the first draft within four hours at 1275 words. I’ve always loved picture books and adore the time I share with my two youngest sons reading them and reveling in the characters and stories. I’ve never had a picture book published and would love for that to happen.

Picture books aren’t easy to write though. I think they’re much harder than chapter books and novels. Why? Well, the word count can only be so much. Also, you must be able to engage your young audience from the first to the very last page all the while focusing on theme without being too preachy. It’s a tightrope act of balancing just the right use of precise words that keeps readers reading and wanting to re-read the book until the pages are tattered and the book’s spine is worn down from lovable handling.

So, take Shakespeare’s advice because “brevity is the soul of wit”. Use great thought when choosing your words whether or not it’s a picture book and your writing will improve.

Quote #25

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Why is Manchester an “Indie Author Hotspot” ?

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Manchester, Town Hall (Commons Wikipedia)

I noticed the title of this article on another author’s news feed and I wondered why Manchester is an “Indie author hotspot”.

I considered the title could possibly be clickbait and ignored my curiosity.

 

 

But I don’t think that any longer. There must be some connection.

Why?

Because now Amazon.co.uk is launching a £20,000 cash prize for any author that publishes through the KDP platform between February 20th and May 19th of this year. And if Amazon is investing this kind of money, it’s not out of the kindness of its heart.

So, again why is Manchester such a lucrative utopia for Indie authors?

Really, why?

I did a little research and learned that Manchester, England has a LOT to offer to its citizens.

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Manchester Museum (Commons Wikipedia)

Museums and restaurants are boasted as second to none in the entire world. Other artistic hot spots like theaters thrive here. Likewise, it’s no surprise that artist of the written word would be successful in an area hungry for it and its artistic kin.

 

Another factor that sheds some light on why Manchester is an Indie hotspot is because of how Manchester’s universities are described as “world-class”. In other words, students from all over the world want to attend college there and strut away with degrees into successful money-making careers.

Typically, a society that has a high percentage of people who can read and enjoy reading will purchase books. This particular factor made me wonder if countries with the highest literacy rates would be an ideal hotspot for Indie authors as well. I haven’t researched that yet, but I plan on it.

A final factor is the cost of living.

cost of livingThe cost of living is the level of prices relating to a range of everyday items. In Manchester, the cost of living is decent and bares a positive correlation with people’s incomes. The cost of living is another reason why I think Indie authors are able to thrive and make a living as full-time authors.

Moreover, when you consider that there’s a connection between poverty and illiteracy it makes sense that people can’t buy books (reading would be seen as a  luxury) when they are worrying about food, shelter, and clothing. quote-literacy-could-be-the-ladder-out-of-poverty-morgan-freeman-62-28-24

What do you think of this recent trend in the self-publishing world? Where do you think the next hotspot will develop? Or maybe the location is just a coincidence?

Thoughts, comments, discussion are all welcome!! 🙂