Young Adult Fantasy
Date Published: 5/19/2013
Books written in blood. Most are lost, their Keepers with them. A curse that befell a people. A Kingdom with no King. Life couldn’t get more harrowing for the Elfies, a blend of Elves and Fairies. Or for sixteen-year-old Jules Blaze. Or could it?
For Jules, the heir of a Keeper, no less, suspects his family hides a forgotten secret. It was bad enough that his people, the Elfies of Reign, triggered a curse which reduced the entire inhabitants to a mere inch centuries ago. All because of one Keeper who failed his purpose. Even the King’s Ancient Books, did not help ward off that anathema.
Now, Gehzurolle, the evil lord, and his armies of Scorpents, seem bent on destroying Jules and his family. Why? Gehzurolle’s agents hunt for Jules as he journeys into enemy land to find the truth. Truth that could save him and his family, and possibly even reverse the age-long curse. Provided Jules doesn’t get himself killed first.
Guest Post by Emma Right
Tips for Becoming a Better Writer
These are the things I did to improve my writing/ story over the course of the last six years.
1. Read a lot–both fiction and “how to craft better stories” types of books. I, myself, went through dozens of books on how to write fiction, the structure of fiction and so on. Writer’s Digest is a great resource.
2. Don’t read as a reader–read as an author–dissect the novels you read and ask why it’s interesting here, or why did your interest wane there…I know, it actually detracts from the pleasure of reading.
3.After you’ve written the first draft, check to be sure that the structure of your story is sound. Believe it or not, every great story follows a traditional architect–first quarter, the all important hook, characters are introduced, problems stated (somewhat), tone set, world is made known, and main protagonist enters the main challenge at the end of this quarter…then the second and third quarter there’re another set of rules to follow, and of course, the denouement and the main character starts to have things turn for the better for him/her in that last quarter.
I am an organic writer which means I find that I cannot be restricted by structure when I first put pen to paper, which means after I finish the first draft, I have to go back and rearrange the plot etc…very tedious.
4.Study people–their motivations, etc. But realize that you will not be able to put down everything you know about the characters in your story. When I first wrote Keeper of Reign, it was more than 3 x as long, but I had to cut down on the history, the character development, the descriptions, so as not to slow down the pace.
5. Make friends with an established author or great writer. Some of the best authors, Hemingway, and even CS Lewis, had great authors mentoring them. But if you don’t have anyone mentoring you, don’t be disheartened, you still can get authors like Hemingway and Stephen King to mentor you. for they have written “how-to” books. There are wonderful books that can teach you the craft out there. You can learn from these great minds by reading the things they have shared in their books.
6. Edit, edit, edit.
7.But most important, in the words of Winston Churchill, never, ever, ever give up. They say, it takes a million words before you become a great writer, so no matter where you start off, you can only get better.
8.The world will put you down, but you must believe that you have been called to write. Surround yourself with people who can build you up, instead of pulling you down.
MIRANDA PULLED HER arm free from Saul’s grip. “Why do you enjoy humiliating me?”
“Why do you insist on leaving the house without my permission?” Saul paced his breathing and placed a hand to his chest.
“I’m not a piece of furniture you can set in the corner and expect to stay put.”
“I will not let history repeat itself. You know our situation. We must take extra precautions.” “You must take extra precaution. Me? I have a nor-mal life.”
“There’s nothing normal about what you’re doing, Miranda.” Saul’s eyes locked with his granddaughter’s. Blue like the seamless sky. How similar her eyes were to Chrystle’s. It was as if his daughter had returned, been brought back to life, after all these years.
“What—what are you talking about?” Miranda stumbled over her words.
But Saul just turned and walked away, his head bowed low, shoulders drooped.
“Grandpa! Wait.” Miranda kept pace with Saul’s brisk steps. “You think Mrs. Blaze is at the Laceworks’?” She wrung her hands and looked at the branches.
“If she wasn’t captured.”
“We have to get there quickly.”
“Why so nervous?”
About the Author
Emma Right is a happy wife and homeschool mother of five living in the Pacific West Coast of the USA. Besides running a busy home, and looking after their five pets, which includes two cats, two bunnies and a Long-haired dachshund, she also writes stories for her children. When she doesn’t have her nose in a book, she is telling her kids to get theirs in one.
Right worked as a copywriter for two major advertising agencies and won several awards, including the prestigious Clio Award for her ads, before she settled down to have children.
Visit Emma Right at her home site and blog for tips and ideas about books, homeschooling, bible devotions, and author helps of various sorts: http://www.emmaright.com and follow her on facebook emma.right.author
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