This website has been my go-to for referencing and double-checking some historical or mythological knowledge. Because my novel is about aliens who learn from the gods who inhabited earth for a while, I like to make sure any symbolism or mention of any beliefs/philosophies linked to them are generally correct. 

Here it is: Ancient History Encyclopedia

Part of my writer paranoia, even though I’m writing under the genre of science-fantasy, the most “what if this happened even though it’s not completely historical or practical” genre ever, is the fear of being called out on not portraying characters who I base off of mythology, history, folklore, or the like in a substantial or entertaining way. The greater majority of my characters are more original, but I have several mythology based characters I simply don’t want “out of character” or… “out of lore”. I don’t know what to call that. I don’t know. Maybe all of this is simply pagan paranoia. I don’t want to dishonor any deities or legends, fictional or not. 

If anyone has any other sources, feel free to share. 

Dialogue tags – or speech tags – are what writers use to indicate which character is speaking. Their function is, for the most part, mechanical. This article is about how to use them effectively. Continue reading HERE

via Dialogue tags and how to use them in fiction writing – by Louise Harnby… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

I simply loved this, so I’m saving it here.

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God! So I’ve had a bundle of characters slowly emerging into fully-formed characters instead of jumbled tid-bits of information in my head and when I finally got to introducing them in my novel, my mind went blank and I went into the “I have to write this well or else everyone will hate it mode,” and dear god that was the worst few minutes of my life because I felt so STUCK.

Here’s how I got around it.

First, I posted this on Instagram.

Then, I did a bunch of crappy stream of consciousness writing. I didn’t just stick to statements. I asked myself questions about the characters, where they were from, why do they look they way they do in my head, why do they act like that, who do they know, etc. It was a mental interrogation that got the gears rolling in my head. I did this for every character in the group and transitioned from spammed questions and anxiety driven writing to decent descriptions of my characters; who they were, what their abilities were, where they came from, how they got to the moment where they’re introduced in the story.

It was like:

Writing part of brain: Who the hell is?

Creative part of brain: Uhhh

Writing part of brain: Why do they look like that? Why do they sound like that? What happened to his legs?

Creative part of brain: I don’t really know. I think he shredded them into pieces?

Writing part of brain: Pieces…Fleshy pieces or mechanical?

Creative part of brain: Mechanical. He’s an android.

Writing part of brain: How the hell did an android like him turn out to be so crazy?

Creative part of brain: Well, it started with this girl he REALLY liked…

It was actually…really cool and gave me a little bit of hope for writing more about them today. Sometimes writing is just letting the words, no matter how delirious they sound, just flow. Trying too hard to sound like a narrator that says nothing wrong totally stunts the flare of any style you’re trying to add to your writing, I think. First is the writing, then there’s the editing. Sometimes you gotta get it out, goddamn it. Open the flood gates.

Okay, bye.

 

So, I had a few chapters of my novel on Tapas.io for a while, but I don’t find it to be the right platform. Instead, I’m going to post excerpts of my novel I find I’m really proud of. I’m still considering Wattpad, but I don’t know yet. We’ll see.

Authentikei

 

I’ve been working on Spirit Strings since I was 18. It was an on and off thing, but I’m hoping to keep permanently on.

The novel is currently at 44k words. My goal is for it to reach 80-100k only because I expect it to be that extensive.

If you follow me on Facebook and Instagram, there will be updates on the novel’s progress and updates on me in general.

The Plan

I just want to get the novel done. I want to finish the first draft, polish it as best as my years of professional editing experience can, and self-publish it.

I am also a digital artist and musician as well and because most science/fantasy requires a lot of world building, I’m hoping to provide visuals in due time.

For now, I’m taking it one step at a time. Novel first.

Thanks for reading.

Authentikei