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Vampires, Aliens, Werewolves, Zombies, and Other Avoidables

03 Sep

Cliché Alerts…

Vampires, Aliens, Zombies, Werewolves, and other Avoidables:

First off, topic of the morning, Vampires. What to do, and what not to do unless your life goal is to be the social outcast of the writing world is here, so read on.

If your writing has to do with vampires, my advice is this: avoid the classic ‘trying to save the people I love from myself’ point of view. It is way to overused recently. I’d rather read about an arrogant blood-sucking monster than read another freakishly handsome boy saying “I love you, but I want to protect you from me, so I’m going to dump you, and leave you heartbroken, after which you’ll do something desperate and hopeless, and I’ll have to save you, during which time we’ll decide our love is worth the risk.” So go classic or try for something that is not cliche. Vampires were a legend created to be scary. They were the boogeymen in the closet. Now, they’re the images on children’s t-shirts and birthday cakes, they come on sheets and full body pillows, and they are WAY overused.

Aliens. What do you picture? Great, now the image that comes into your head has to come from somewhere, everything in the imagination is limited to pieced together concepts you have already seen, so take that image that pops into your head… and trash it. What society has seen, they do not need to see again. What people will remember is something unique. Would a Toyota Camry catch your eye better than a cherry red 73 Mustang convertible?

Werewolves. Sure its cliche sometimes, but there’s tons of leeway for this one. What’s more important than the creature itself  (how many ways can you say hairy in the English language?) is the plot and the supporting characters. A good werewolf story- or a vampire story for that matter- is never just about the werewolves.

Zombies: fun but gory. Takes effort to give it a deep side though. Have fun. Too much advice will limit you too much. Zombies require you to be unique, so brainstorm. You’ll think of something. However, like werewolves, zombies need support. Two hundred pages of brain-eating gets tiring.

Vote For Me!

03 Sep

I’m not actually running for anything, but I’m having a vote on the name of my new book. the choices are:


Star Crossed


I will be putting up a post soon about the story itself to give you a better idea of what you’re voting on.

Writing Books and Making Pie

06 Jan

  I have always loved to write, but I have also always loved to cook. The holidays have just passed, and during that time, I decided I wanted to make a pumpkin pie.

  Now, I figured it would be rather simple. I’ve made many pumpkin pies before, and by now I should have it down pat. What I didn’t realize was that the recipe I was using was different from the last. Imagine how shocked I was when my pie turned out to have the consistency of yogurt.

   What I realized from this was that without the right ingredients, pies just won’t come out right, and, I know, neither will books. If your story isn’t made right, it will be like that pie. 

   I’m not saying that your story will have the consistency of yogurt; what I am saying is this: to write a successful story, you have to include all the parts (a good protagonist with which the readers can associate, the possibility of redemption, and an antagonist are some of the ingredients to a good tale).

  Another important thing is that, just like when you check to make sure you have all the ingredients before starting to bake the pie, you must check your plot before you write, to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything that could add spice to the story.

  Last, but not least, write with good taste. If your story is bland and ordinary, who wants to try it?

  So, that is what I learned from my pie-baking attempt. For now, I think I’d better stick with writing.

                                                                                                         -R.A. Spyder

(This is similar looking to my pie. Like many stories, it looked good, but was a lot different when you tried some. In my pie’s case, it was soft and runny.)

Pen Names:

01 Jan

     First off, you need to know that pen names aren’t always necessary. When, as an author, you use a pen name, it should be for a valid reason. Part of the reason for this is that if you use a different name than your own, there can be more rights debates regarding your work and you loose the automatic fans and interest generated towards your work by the people you already know. If you do have a reason to use a pen name, however, the following guidelines can help you while creating one:

1. It is often better to present yourself with either a male-sounding name (statistics show that often books are sold better when written by a male author), with an ambiguous sounding name (ex: Alex), or with a striking name that will make your book stand out (ex: Lemony Snicket)

2. Don’t choose a name commonly found among authors. You don’t want to get lost in the masses.

3. Its often good to use a common name with peculiar spelling, but not something that people won’t remember, like the difference between Sara and Sarah or Dannie and Danny.

4. Think about it. Don’t just choose a name at random. Choose a name with meaning, that you can associate with yourself.

5. Relate the name to your own somehow.

Good luck, and have fun coming up with your own pseudonym.

The Rights and Wrongs of Killing off Your Characters:

23 Dec

This is a fun subject that every good writer eventually encounters: When is it ok to kill off your characters, and what is ok when killing him off? Here is a guide to all of the literal literary pitfalls and traps you’ll encounter when trying to kill one of your characters.

Tip 1

The main character normally does not die, or if he does, he comes back. Sometimes you can get rid of the persistent person for good, but normally only because he’s “gone to a happier place.” Got it. So avoid releasing your homicidal urges on the main character and try for the minor characters or supporting leads.

Tip 2

If your story involves a complicated love-triangle, don’t just kill off everyone who doesn’t fit into your desired romance, keep an ace up your sleeve for these situations: a charming person  to even out the story’s romantic interests.

Tip 3

When you kill off a character, don’t expect the reader to care much unless:

a. the victim was very close to the main character

b. the victim’s death was essential to the plot

c. the victim was an important supporting lead

d. the victim had been/would be discussed a lot during the rest of the story’s duration

e. the victim was close to a supporting role to the point that their death would define the character in some way

f. the victim’s death leads up to something

If none of these apply, its safe to say that it doesn’t matter that you’re killing off the character, and their death is an unnecessary inconvenience that does not require the elaboration of being expounded upon. In other words, don’t bother.

However, if any of these do apply, you may feel free to do whatever killing you feel is required.

Nightrise: The Release

10 Dec

Nightrise Part 1 is to be released on Dec. 18th! Prepare for the wonder of a whole new fantasy world in science fiction!

About The Author

20 Nov

R.A. Spyder is a thirteen year old Floridian writer who’s first novel will be released December 18th of 2010. A self-professed bookworm, R.A. Spyder began her first full novel in the fall of 2009. She specializes in fantasy fiction. Her career choice was especially inspired by her cousin M.J. “Through me good will prevail,” her motto, is a line adopted from one of her most recent projects, The 7th Apprentice.

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"Through Me Good Will Prevail."