Thursday, April 17, 2014

A To Z: O



The A to Z Challenge is underway this year, thanks to the awesome hosts and minions. Special thanks to Arlee Bird for starting this amazing blogging challenge!!! For more information about this challenge, go to the website!

Primary theme: World of Aramatir (Setting for The Champion Trilogy) Glossary
Secondary Theme: World-Building Questions and Thoughts

O

Odran – A member of the Watch Guard, has an osprey named Louras.

World Building Thought/Question: How much does the world outside of your main character's home affect your character and her/his journey?

From the very first short story rendition of Champion in the Darkness called "The Crystal Sword," my main character, Clara, took up her sword of power to help defend her country against other influences. As the story grew into a novel that grew into a trilogy, more of the "outside" world came into play. Clara meets people from other cultures, including members of the secretive Watch Guard like Odran. These meetings encourage Clara, or challenge her.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A to Z: N

The A to Z Challenge is underway this year, thanks to the awesome hosts and minions. Special thanks to Arlee Bird for starting this amazing blogging challenge!!! For more information about this challenge, go to the website!

Primary theme: World of Aramatir (Setting for The Champion Trilogy) Glossary
Secondary Theme: World-Building Questions and Thoughts

N

Nagi – snake-women created by the Dark Sisterhood

Nelson – A Sword Teacher and member of the Sword Council
 
World Building Question and Thoughts: Is your character headed North by Northeast? or North by Northwest? Do you know? Does it matter?
 
Yes, it does. Just as I mentioned yesterday in my post on the necessity of maps, knowing the direction of your character's travels and where things are located in comparison to your character is important. Trust me, if you don't know your North from your South in your book, a reader will point it out to you later and it's . . . extremely embarrassing. And sometimes, if you've written multiple drafts, and you are 70,000 words into your draft, you can become lost. Or at least, I did.
 
Use a map, know your North compass point, and you will be a happier writer. Where is your character headed?

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A to Z: M

The A to Z Challenge is underway this year, thanks to the awesome hosts and minions. Special thanks to Arlee Bird for starting this amazing blogging challenge!!! For more information about this challenge, go to the website!

Primary theme: World of Aramatir (Setting for The Champion Trilogy) Glossary
Secondary Theme: World-Building Questions and Thoughts

M

Maedess – Kalidess’s sister and a member of the Dark Sisterhood, failed to take Wylandria

Mermaids/Mermen/Mer-creatures – an army of sea creatures created by the Dark Sisterhood

Mina – an assassin in the employ of King Alexandros

Mochant – a land that parallels the Grandan River which winds between Septily, Rryrsorria, Wylandria and parts of Aerland into the Wild Beyond (Carpthia?) – aaagh!!! (must change! Or figure out how to fix)
 
World Building Thoughts: Having a clear map of your world is extremely important. Keeping it in front of you while you write is necessary. See my crazy notes under the heading of "Mochant." I realized after I had written my first book, and after it was in the hands of readers for several months, that Mochant is not sitting in the right place for the events in the story. Oops. Mochant is actually supposed to be a group of island city-states in a sea. Somehow my sea became a river, and it winds around lands in a way that doesn't quite work geographically.
 
Do you have a map of the world you are creating? Even if you are working with a real world location, I highly recommend having a map. I've read too many books and seen too many TV shows where the locations were "off" in places I know - Portland, Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest in general. Learn from the my mistakes and the mistakes of others: Make a map or get a map!
 
 

Monday, April 14, 2014

A to L: L

The A to Z Challenge is underway this year, thanks to the awesome hosts and minions. Special thanks to Arlee Bird for starting this amazing blogging challenge!!! For more information about this challenge, go to the website!

Primary theme: World of Aramatir (Setting for The Champion Trilogy) Glossary
Secondary Theme: World-Building Questions and Thoughts

L

Lazi – lizard creatures of the Dark Sisterhood

Liness – member of the Dark Sisterhood Coven, and caretaker of the Lazi

Liam – 13th Prince of Wylandria, and last bearer of the Swan Prince curse

Louras – the osprey bonded to Odran of the Watch Guard


World Building Thoughts: Building layers into the fictional world gives it authenticity for the reader. Using legends or fairy tales from the real world and blending them into the landscape of the book world is one way to create layers.

For example, in Champion in Flight (and mentioned in Champion in the Darkness), there are thirteen princes who were under curse - forced to live as swans by day and men at night until their sister freed them from the curse by sewing shirts from aster flowers. The youngest prince, Liam, still bears the curse, partially. It's all based on a fairy tale I love, but then taken and re-set in the world of Aramatir, with the Dark Sisterhood lurking in the background.

How do you build layers into your stories? Do you use legends or fairy tales to do it?  

Saturday, April 12, 2014

A to Z: K

The A to Z Challenge is underway this year, thanks to the awesome hosts and minions. Special thanks to Arlee Bird for starting this amazing blogging challenge!!! For more information about this challenge, go to the website!

Primary theme: World of Aramatir (Setting for The Champion Trilogy) Glossary
Secondary Theme: World-Building Questions and Thoughts

K
Kalidess – the lead sorceress of the Dark Sisterhood

Kassa – First Princess of Rrysorria, sister to King Stephen and Princess Tessa

Kestran – a Wylandrian Prince, brother to Liam

Klyan – a griffin of Aerland, and Kryssander’s twin (also, the name of their father, Klyan the Bold)

Kryssander – a griffin of Aerland, member of the 12th Wing, and partner to Prince Adrian, twin of Klyan

Krysta – wife of Klyan the Bold, and mother to the twins Klyan and Kryssander, a griffin of Aerland
 
World Building Thought: Similar-sounding names for twins or family groups can be a killer to manage.
 
I know I'm stretching the "K" letter here, but I just have to say it, especially when I look at this list.  
I have Klyan, Kryssander, and Krysta here - three family members with K names. I managed to swap Klyan and Kryssander's names around for an entire chapter during my second draft of Champion in Flight - and it was painful to fix. To make mattes worse, Klyan is named after his father . . . which makes it a killer to keep them separate.
 
So, from me to you, I urge you, encourage you, plead with you - don't do family names that all start with the same letter. And the junior and senior thing should be avoided at all costs, unless there is a point to be made with it.