Archive for December, 2010

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 Part One’s Release


23 Dec

I just want to say thank you to all of the loyal

fans who purchased and read Nightrise:

The Ascension of Darkness. Look forward to

Part 2. For those of you who already are,

I will be releasing a sneak peak of part 2 that

will give you a hint of the many things to come.

-R.A.Spyder

How to Develop Your Characters


20 Dec

One of the most important things you have to learn as a

writer is how to develop your characters, meaning how

to take a story with generic “taking up page space”

characters and make them seem like people. You know

your story is successful when people who read it don’t

forget even the minor character’s names. So, to get you

to that point as a writer, here are some tips:

1. Have each name be distinct. If you have trouble with this, try starting each name with a different letter, and don’t have all of them begin with vowels or all of them begin with consonants.


2. Give each character a point-of-focus (one character might be specifically a bully, so have what they do revolve around that. If they’re ever in an uncommon situation where something besides the normal is expected of them, make them seem awkward or afraid.)


3. Always know more about the character than you tell. Feel free to write it down. You should know everything, from what their favorite food is to their worst fear. Believe me, it will come in handy later.


4. Don’t give people to many characters at once, and if they’re not important, don’t feel the need to expound upon them. We don’t want to hear the life story of Billy Bob Joe the Janitor of the building across the street from the one the main character walked past two years before… (no mother’s-uncle’s-cousin’s-boss’s-daughter-in-law-twice removed stuff)


5. Have a comic relief character, one whose actions will bring amusement to the story.


6. Have the main character experience some sort of realization.


7. It’s okay for the main character not to be perfect. Even in real life we’re not all Chuck Norris’s, worshiped by the ground we walk on and able (according to popular legend) to do pretty much every scientifically impossible action known thus far to man, and several that aren’t. Not even Chuck Norris has as much power as some people like to represent him with, so don’t think that for some reason your main character should be perfect. Even in romance novels perfect characters never turn out well.


8. Give your character some distinct and recognizable feature. If I say lightning shaped scar and circular wire rimmed glasses, you say Harry Potter.

More character development tips are to come in a later, updated  installment. For now, enjoy your writing and keep a lookout for Part Two.

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!

RA Spyder:The Official Site

"Through Me Good Will Prevail."