Oct 30 2011

Evolution Of A Fantasy Name

Posted by Mathias

When I write, I don’t like to get hung up on petty things.  Like names, for example.

Names are everywhere in a fantasy story and names are, ultimately an important part of the story.  Unless you are writing some sort of comedic fantasy, it is hard to take a take a sorcerer named Tim seriously.  This is why just such a name for just such a character is used in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

But while names are indeed important, they are not something that cannot change. And they are one of the easiest things to change in a story.  We’re not talking about some underlying piece of fundamental physics governing the fantasy world in question where deciding to change it half way through a 400 page novel would require massive amounts of rewriting.  We are talking about a name.

In one of my projects which are in development, I had a particular city that when I first named it as Reisen just never felt right.  Every time I said it, it grated on my mind.  Reisen?  I hated it. But it was a minor part of the story. In fact, it was only mentioned once in the whole story!  But because I had drawn the map of my fantasy world and Reisen was on that map, every time I looked at the map for something else I saw that damned named staring back at me.           (more…)

Oct 28 2011

Here’s A Tip: Don’t Throw Anything Away

Posted by Mathias

I have a habit of not wanting to throw things away. Usually every year I have to force myself to get rid of things that are laying around the house and collecting dust.

I have been jotting down a lot of ideas these past few months and doing a lot of free writing. Thankfully, unlike the things around the house that get collected, most of the writing related material is either in a binder or stored digitally. Though mostly digitally. Yes, my digital files are double backed up too so I don’t worry a computer crash and losing them. (more…)

Oct 23 2011

Today’s Deep Thought

Posted by Mathias

“Outlines, like rules, were made to be broken. No plan, or plot outline, survives first contact with the enemy (i.e. myself). And when all else fails, just write.” – Mathias Cavanaugh

Oct 22 2011

Taking Time Out For Some Hockey

Posted by Mathias

I am actually taking my first day off from writing today since I started this site. Absolutely nothing “writing related” being done today.

I am just relaxing tonight and taking in a hockey game and watching my Pittsburgh Penguins take on the New Jersey Devils

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GO PENS!

Oct 21 2011

Relaying Story Outside Of The Story (Prologues, etc.)

Posted by Mathias

One thing I have discovered very quickly is that there are some people, be they writers of fiction or readers of the same, who hold some very illogical opinions. One such thing I find people very passionate about are the means though which an author should provide back-story.  More than a handful of people say really strange things on this topic.  Like, that they don’t read prologues because if it isn’t part of the “main” story then they are not interested, and that the author should give all information the reader requires during the course of the story.

This boggles my mind!  Because prologues always have been considered parts of the stories to which they belong.  Many famous and great works of fiction have prologues.  Are people who so ardently claim to be against prologues saying that when they read absolute classics like Romeo and Juliet that they skip the prologue?  Nonsense!  Silliness! (more…)

Oct 19 2011

Getting Ready For A New Project

Posted by Mathias

I was brainstorming some ideas for my short story, “The Yoke”, last night and originally had an idea for a possible sequel. I know, a sequel to a story that is only halfway through its first, rough draft? Not only halfway through its initial stages but also a project that is right now #4 on my list of four projects? How presumptuous!

But that is the way I write. While I have a focus, I tend to jump around.

But as I developed that idea in my head and furthered it today it was apparent that the good ideas I was coming up with did not really fit into that world. So I have decided to open a new project which will be called “Wyvern Lord“. I have a couple pages of notes that I will be expanding and working from as I get this new project underway.

I will be updating the project page over the next couple days.

Oct 18 2011

Changing POV At End Of Novel: Under The Darkened Moon

Posted by Mathias

I have decided for the epilogue of my novel, Under the Darkened Moon, to switch POVs. This is, of course, still a rough draft but I think it makes sense even though the entire novel has been 3rd person limited from the viewpoint of the main character to this point.

I want to pull back and go 3rd person omniscient to reveal things that are ok to reveal now that the story is over. Particularly the thoughts of the novel’s secondary character more in depth as well as putting the reader in the mind of a character who has been mentioned and referenced but never introduced until now and who has good reason to be introduced.

I wouldn’t consider changing POVs like this within the novel proper and suddenly but for the postscript, I think it will be ok and add to the story.

Oct 14 2011

The War Within (Short Story) Renamed

Posted by Mathias

After much consideration I have renamed my short story “The War Within”. The new title is “Second Chances”.

I have also moved the project along for comment from some people I know who have agreed to read it and give me feedback.

Once I get that feedback I will decide how to proceed.