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They were sitting in front of their screen, they had to describe their story, then their fingers let themselves flow through the keyboard, but the scene they wrote was not what they imagined.
Facing these situations can be daily, the problem is how to solve it. Each author has the ability to imagine situations so different from each other that no scenario will be the same.
When we develop a description of the place where our character is going through a situation, detailing some aspects can enrich or ruin the scene. Some authors write keywords in a list to try to convey what they imagined. Others have more initiative to describe the feelings that their character has and the things that surrounds them. But, if our character is in an extreme situation in which he has to save his life, trying to let our reader imagine it, can help you observe the scene in your head and create the tension that it deserve.
Some points to keep in mind are:
1) Detailing everything can be overwhelming:
The reader may or may not be tolerant with details that are unimportant, for example, the color of a wall or the way in which an object is placed. Although, if it is relevant for the story, it should be written.
2) Put more emphasis on one kind of description may be important:
Writing how our character feels more about something that happens to him can develop excessively dense. There is a tacit rule that mentions that, the description of feelings can not take more than two paragraphs. (But you never know!)
3) Describing everything monotonously can cause the reader to abandon reading:
When we are facing a scenario that our character previously visited, it is not necessary to describe the place again (or write the same thing). But, if there is a new detail, it can be written with the use of two or three simple sentences.
4) How to develop our characters:
If we want to differentiate one character from another, the use of a character card can help us a lot. In her the physical data of the character are detailed: age, color of hair and eyes, stature, physical complexion, if it has some disease, etc. They should also include biographical information: where he was born, family (for example the number of siblings or if he has children), studies, work, hobbies, etc.
5) The same can happen with places:
If our forest is dark and scary, we can add words that reinforce it. For example: A description can be made, in a detailed and orderly way, of how the leaves move with the wind or the sounds that develop at night.
6) We can implement other talents:
Draw or put together a sketch of how our places will be before writing it. This can help our mind to imagine new objects, or simply, to be able to in another perspective what we imagine.
7) Take advantage of the moments of the plot:
Do not fill your story with long and tedious descriptions. There are times that what a character thinks has new information to give us.
8) Be as free as possible:
There are no limits in terms of spaces. You can make your whole story go by without gravity or it rains throughout the sequence. The ability that sometimes has the mind can lead us to write the most crazy and unexpected ideas.
9) Do not despair:
If your number one attempt is not as you thought, look for the failures that generate concern and reformulate them for your taste. It never hurts to write and rewrite descriptions.
10) You have to know when you are original:
Do not pay so much attention to what others have already invented. It can serve as inspiration, but always the idea that comes out of your mind will be unique. (And what if the flying cars were created, your cars can do other crazy things!)
11) Have fun and have a great time:
If you do not enjoy what you are imagining try something else. Erase and write constantly can accelerate your mind in imaginable ways.
12) Recognize your strengths:
If you are good at describing the characters, put the focus there even if you do not overdo it.
13) Read, read and read:
Reading to others can help us. Mark descriptions of others, highlighting what caught your attention gives you the foot to think yours. (And if they are strong scenes, much better!
14) It's your story, imagine it:
It is your work, your effort and your dedication. (Learn to appreciate it!)
By: Milagros Borro
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13 days left. 13 days for the beginning of something huge, huge for Inkspired, but huge for writers as well. Now is your opportunity, your chance to achieve your goals. To have a group of specialized people who will offer interesting and fun writing challenges. This kind of challenges will help you grow as an author and they will be focused on things like: Start writing a novel, gain discipline, meet deadlines, improve spelling, grammar, polish your writing and learn the aspects you need to take in count before publishing a book. And in those challenges there will be people from all over the world working for the same purpose with the incentive of having a community that supports you and the enormous rewards that you can obtain such as personal achievements and cash prizes.
The Authors Cup is Inkspired signature competition, which will start on May 2 and last 4 months. Here any author within the platform can participate regardless of their nationality or literary genre. It is open for everyone! On Inkspired we believe it is important that writers participate in this kind of competition, since it will help them to achieve short-term goals and to evolve their writings. Practice is where you learn the most and within it, the best stories will be recognized and awarded.
According to Galo Vargas, Inkspired CEO, participating in The Authors Cup means challenging yourself and growing as a writer. "The idea is to: motivate yourself to continue writing, learn to promote your stories and connect with other authors in the community," he added.
The Authors Cup was created with the mission that writers carry out their projects, and discover how far they can go. That is the key.
Therefore, we have compiled a series of opinions about the importance of being part of The Authors’ Cup, in case there are still those who hesitate to register. 😊
"The Authors’ Cup is that bar that only by jumping it you will know how high you can jump. A writer constantly needs high bars, challenges, discomfort."
@jackievivianv - InkspiredContent Manager and jury member on the Authors’ Cup
"The Authors Cup is a space that allows amateur writers to publish their creations and start their career in the literary field."
Tania Torres - PHD in Hispanic Literature and jury member of the Authors’ Cup
“É uma oportunidade única de participar de um desafio internacional, com a chance de aprimorar sua escrita e competir por um prêmio incrível!”
(It is a single opportunity to participate in an internacional challenge, with a chance to improve your writing and to compete for an amazing prize!)
@alicealamo - Brazilian Leader Ambassador
"We are used to stay in our comfort zone, but when we participate, we challenge ourselves to leave that area and learn new ways of creativity and inspiration."
@Ginyales – Hispanic Leader Ambassador
"I think it's a good way to get inspiration and to prove yourself, your way of writing."
@Lydmacan – Ambassador
"An unique opportunity to meet hidden talents that are in everyone's sight. You cannot miss it!”
@milinvisibles – Ambassador
"I think the same as Lyd, it would be a challenge for everyone, to improve and learn with others, and to know our skills better."
@ flavii_chan82 - Ambassador
"It’s a way to prove ourselves, to show how far we can go and grow as writers."
@cafeadicta - Ambassador
"Porque é a chance de marcar história em uma plataforma que veio pra ficar."
(It's the chance of making history in a platform that came to stay.)
Kaline Bogard – Brazil’s Ambassador
"Você vai poder receber uma validação extra no seu trabalho as a writer and quem sabe sair com a dollars no purse, or that não é nada mau."
(You will receive an extra validation for your work as a writer and you will have the opportunity to finish a challenge with your portfolio full, is not it wrong, right?)
@anneliberton - Ambassador of Brazil
"Pois é uma ótima oportunidade de criar/aperfeiçoar seu hábito de escrita ao mesmo tempo em que se desafia." XixisssUchiha
It is an opportunity to create or improve your writing routine in the same time that you challenge yourself.
@xixisssuchiha – Brazil’s Ambassador
"Uma chance anual de testar suas habilidades com vários desafios, promover seu trabalho, interagir com os mais variados autores e ainda concorrer a um prêmio em dinheiro!" Akuma Lia
It is a yearly chance to put your abilities to the test with a lot of challenges, to share your work, to interact with different authors and to have a chance to earn a cash prize!
@akuma_lia - Ambassador of BrazilApril 9, 2019, 1:02 p.m. 0 Report Embed 1
The contest "The history remains" has been closed, and after reviewing all the comics involved, the Inkspired editorial team has decided, unfortunately, to cancel the contest due to not reaching the minimum participants quota required. One of the conditions for our competitions to be official is that they have a minimum number of users involved (this is always written in the bases of each contest).
However, we want to publicly thank all the writers who did participate, and invite them to participate in the contests we constantly create. At the moment, we have a new one called 'From every day routine, an art". We hope we can count with your participation in this and other contests that we will publish soon.
Your stories are a work of art.
With light and inspiration,
The Inkspired teamMarch 28, 2019, 4:35 p.m. 1 Report Embed 0
Have you ever think about how your favorite stories begin?
The first lines that introduce us to the story have a complicated function: to be an invitation to readers to continue reading. Writers often find it hard to decide how to start our novels. A good way to find ideas for this is to pay attention to the first lines of our favorite books and/or writers.
There are many ways to start a novel or a story, but one thing they have in common is that the most memorable beginnings are the ones that say much more that we can notice at first sight.
Think about how J.M Barrie introduces us to his story "Peter Pan": "All children grow, except one." With a few words, not only manages to capture the attention and curiosity of the reader, but it presents the central plot of the story, and, indirectly, his character and the outcome. The same happens with the beginning of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: "It was a pleasure to burn". Four shocking words that invite the reader to continue reading.
Another iconic beginning is the one of "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen. "It is a world-renowned truth that a single man, who owns a great fortune, needs a wife." As in Peter Pan, the story begins telling the very heart of the plot and the author doesn't need large descriptions, or explanations of society, to present the conflict. But that is not all, these words manage to reflect the tone that will characterize the novel. The sarcasm and social criticism that are Austen's own are visible in just the first sentence.
Something similar can be found in Franz Kafka and his novel "La metamorfosis". "When Gregorio Samsa woke up one morning after a restless sleep, he found himself on his bed turned into a monstrous insect." Once again, the author brilliantly introduces both his protagonist and the conflict of the story, without needing great explanations or descriptions. The disturbing tone behind this introduction defines this story and will stay with the reader until the last page.
Another important characteristic of the first lines is to lay the foundations of the universe that is unfolding. In fantasy stories, which need a more detailed construction of the universe, we also find iconic beginnings that stand out for their simplicity but that say much more if they are carefully analyzed.
For example, the beginning of "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien says: "In a hole in the ground, lived a hobbit. Not a wet hole, dirty, disgusting, with the remains of worms and the smell of mud, nor a dry hole, naked and disgusting, with nothing to sit on or eat: it was a hole-hobbit, and that means comfort. " This introduction to the fantastic world of Tolkien not only presents the main character of the story (without any other detail but the fact that it is a hobbit), but describes, through the word comfort, their way of life. Those who have read the book will know that the trip that is narrated later, will be anything but comfortable and that is why the first paragraph will serve as a point of comparison between the life of the protagonist before and during his adventure.
A similar strategy uses J.K. Rowling to start the saga "Harry Potter". "Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, from number 4 Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal and very grateful for that. They were the last people one would expect to find involved in something strange or mysterious, because they did not accept that nonsense. " Establishing in this first paragraph the personality and way of life of the secondary characters, Harry's uncles, manages to capture the attention of the reader (since it presents some unusual characters in a fantasy story) and also prepares them for the fantastic event that will modify the "normality" of the Dursleys. There is no mention of magic in its early lines, but the possibility that strange and mysterious things may happen, despite the denial of the Dursleys.
Other authors such as Philip Pullman prefer a more direct start to the fantasy universe without giving great explanations. His trilogy "The Dark Matter" begins like this: "Lyra and her daemon crossed the dining room, whose light was dimmed at times, trying to keep to one side of it, out of the field of view of the kitchen." Through the opening paragraph he introduces us to the protagonists, Lyra and his daemon. He could stop to explain what a daemon is, but he does not. It is not the time to do it and, in a certain way, encourages the reader to continue reading to discover it. It is limited to continue the narrative establishing an action ("crossed the dining room") and making it clear that they do not want to be seen, allows the reader to deduce that it is an action that is not allowed. Again the mystery is behind the text.
Another function of the first lines of a story may be to anticipate the end. Gabriel García Márquez begins "One Hundred Years of Solitude" with these words: "Many years later, in front of the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía had to remember that remote afternoon when his father took him to see the ice." He uses the same technique to start "Chronicle of an announced death": "The day they were going to kill him, Santiago Nasar got up at 5:30 in the morning to wait for the ship in which the bishop arrived." It is possible that knowing how a story will end is discouraging for some, but the author plays with the curiosity of the reader by posing an action after establishing the outcome, which invites us to continue reading until we discover if they really have to die in the end.
As you can see, a captivating beginning is, in short, the most direct entry door to attract the attention of the reader, and, in turn, lay the foundations of the universe and the tone that will characterize the narrative. Generating a good first impression through the first paragraph can be what distinguishes that story over others.
As writers we should not underestimate the influence of the first lines in the opinion of the readers and it is good to make an effort to start our narrative with impact.
What do you think? Have you notice the importance of the first lines? How your favorite stories begins?
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