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Today's challenge: A writer you admire.
Oh man. Put a knife into my heart! I can't choose - I admire too many!
Of course I admire J.R.R. Tolkien (did anyone see that coming?). He was a master at world building. I mean, he not only created a world and filled it with fantastic creatures, he also gave that world a history, unique technology, healing plants, special rocks, and it's own mythology and creation story.
If you are an aspiring fantasy author, you would do well to read J.R.R. Tolkien's works and study the world(s) he built.
Bryan Davis would be another author I admire. His story crafting BLOWS MY MIND. I don't know how he does it, but he somehow creates an elaborate maze out of his story line. Just when I think I know where the story is going, the path twists and sends me and the characters down a new road that comes to a dead end, but then a trap door opens up and drops us into a river which rushes us to a bridge and a cross roads, and you take one road, and the characters take another road, and just when it seems there is no hope, dragons come in to save the day, and then you look back and you see that all those roads you thought were separate were actually all just a part of the never ending maze!
Yeah. Bryan Davis knows how to suck you into a story, blow your mind, and keep you glued to the edge of your seat the entire time. He also knows that all we readers really need in life is more dragons. *Nods*
I could come up with several more writers that I admire a great deal, but I think I'll stop here. The rest of the authors I admire are alive and know me, and I don't want to make their heads swell. *Wink, wink*
If you are just joining this challenge, you should check out the previous days!: ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT, NINE, TEN and ELEVEN.
Today's Challenge: How would your writing habits change if the internet no longer existed?
Haha! I would write a LOT more. Being a writer is 3% talent and 97% being distracted by the internet. True story. Without the internet as the distraction, I'd probably spend a lot more time writing.
However…. without the internet, I likely would not be a published author.
I published my book through CreateSpace. It was free for me to upload my book to, it assigned me a ISBN number, and it published my book in ebook and paperback - for FREE. The paperback books are printed as people order them (print on demand) so I don’t have to deal with inventory and I don't have to pay anything outright, thus the free publishing. Oh... I also get 70% of the royalties, as opposed to most big time publishing houses where the author only *maybe* gets 35%.
Anyway. Elephant trail....
I don’t know that Createspace would be here without the internet, and I know for sure that my blog would not exist without internet. So, maybe I would actually write less if I didn’t have the internet to push me to keep writing. Who knows?
Today's challenge is going to be a little bit exciting for all the Tales of the Wovlen fans out there, but before we get into it, if you are just joining this challenge, you should check out the previous days challenges!: day ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT, NINE, and TEN.
Today's challenge is: The last complete sentence you wrote on your WIP
This is currently the last sentence of the first chapter in book #3 of the Tales of the Wovlen series, which is titled "The Dragon's Foe":
Walneff paused and looked at Keegan, his diamond blue eyes lighting up with a mysterious twinkle, “We must summon the Giants from their sleep. But first, we must call on the prophet Raefindal.”
Oh yes. Big things are fixing to go DOWN in book 3! Giants aren't even the half of it. Honestly, I'm a little scared myself of everything that is cropping up in book 3 (and I haven't even gotten book 2 published yet... uhg!).
Ironheart: The Primal Deception
Coming May 12th 2016
Ironheart: The Primal Deception introduces a brand new world of science fiction and fantasy, where deities dominate a civilization dependent on steam-powered marvels.
For Jack Booker, an orphan from the cutthroat streets of Victorian, life is about survival. The squabbles of the imperial aristocracy are of no importance to him; neither does he concern himself with the machinations of the empire’s gods, the Primals, who rule humanity with indifferent disdain. Power plots amongst the mighty mean little in the grungy alleys of the undercity, where the only rule that truly matters reigns supreme: Only the strong survive. It is a daily struggle.
This struggle becomes even more deadly when Fist, an underworld mob boss with delusions of grandeur, embroils his gang in a game far above their league. Soon, Jack finds himself thrust into a web of intrigue, subterfuge, and rebellion when he encounters the enigmatic Freedom, a revolutionary with an uncompromising vision for the future and a deep hatred for the Primal Empire. Forces beyond Jack’s comprehension command subjects like pieces on a chessboard – and, somehow, he may have just become the most important pawn…
Dakota Kemp is a seriously talented author and has been listed on my "Other Authors" page on my website for a long time. You may have heard me talk calmly (rave) about one of his other books in my YouTube book review video "The Arrival by Dakota Kemp". The depth of his story and characters far surpass anything I've ever written, his story telling technique had me eating every word up, and his plot left me hanging and begging for more. So, as you can imagine, I am pretty psyched for Ironheart (it's not a sequel to The Arrival, though... *cough, cough-Dakota'sKillingMe-cough*).
Ironheart is a steampunk/fantasy novel said to be suitable for YA readers and up. The release date is May 12 and it will be available on Amazon, the Kindle version being about $2.99 - an excellent price! If you would like more information about Dakota and his books, please check out his website at www.dakotakemp.wordpress.com. Of course, don't forget to keep an eye out forIronheart! I have a feeling it's going to be a good one to read!
So, I feel like I am going to fail at today's challenge... BUT, I have made up for it with the previous challenges up till now, haven't I? If you haven't been keeping up with my challenges, catch up on them here: ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT & NINE.
Today's Challenge: The first sentence of the first chapter of your WIP (work in progress).
Let me tell you something: this challenge made me seriously reconsider all my opening sentences. They are TERRIBLE! Well, that's my opinion. They don't seem that catchy to me.
Anyway, I have three WIP that I'll share the first sentence from... I actually have more than that, but I only wanted to share three with you, because the rest of my WIP don't have opening sentences (I start in the middle of a story and work my way out). Enjoy!
"Keegan looked up and smiled as the door finally opened, and Alia and Brainna stepped out, faces beaming." Tales of the Wovlen Book #3
"Kyra stood frozen on the cold metal table, head tilted, and listening intently to voices coming through the ceiling above her." Plasma Chrysalis - SciFi book
"The azure sky was bright high above the tall, green trees of Deepwood Forest." An unnamed fantasy story
Author of the fantasy series, Tales of the Wovlen, Kathryn spends a great deal of time in the world of her imagination, having tea with fire breathing dragons, writing books on flying space ships, and practicing her mad scientist laugh with gusto. However, on occasion,she returns to this world just to play with her dog and blog about her fun.
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