Sunday, June 23, 2013

Writing a Novel isn't a cake walk...

There are far too many people out there who, when hearing about someone writing a novel, say, "I thought about doing that," "that's easy, anyone could do it," or my favorite, "I want to write one about my life story."

What most people fail to realize, is it's not that easy. So many people attempt to start a novel and never get to finish it. Most lose ambition when they realize how hard it actually is. So what makes writing so difficult?

Scenes: When writing a single a fiction novel requires more than one would think. First, it requires the characters. They have to feel real. Their responses must be a real life response someone would say or do. It has to sound competly natural...without actually being natural (really, go to your local Wal-Mart and listen to the way people actually talk). It has to be paced. Not fast, not slow, but perfect for that individual scene. The world around the characters needs to be real, even if it's a fantasy land, it still needs to be real to that world.

Voice: You have to find your own, unique writing voice. This comes with practice. Put yourself into your characters heads, become them while you're writing them, and find your writing voice. Don't try to write like Stephen King or Richelle Mead...that won't happen. It'll sound all wrong and be horrible. Find your own voice.

Characters: As I mentioned above, each character has to feel like a real person. Each one with a different fear, a different dream...a different voice. They have wants and hopes, a past that made them the person they are. Each and every character needs to be an individual.

Make sure you look into the Genre you're writing. Each Genre has their own set of rules. Some only allow certain things, and each has their own set of word lengths. Never forget, the word length isn't what's displayed at the bottom of Word. Each page is counted as 250 words. Forget about format and editing until you're all done writing. That makes life easier.

Never forget to read. Read, read, read, and read. Just like with any thing out there, you have to learn to do. For writers, the best text book you can receive on writing is reading. Even if it's a horrible book. That will get you thinking, "I can do better than that. I WILL do better than that." Or if it's an amazing one. It'll inspire you to write. The more you read, the more you learn about writing.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Book Tour

I thought I would give everyone some samples of the reviews I received along the book tour! ya go.
 "There is a whole new twist on the zombies like how they became zombies and on the way or how humans could become a zombie. Candis Vargo has written a phenomenal story about zombies that will stay with me for a very long time.Eternal Revelations had me hooked from the very first page and I couldn't put it down until I was finished not that I wanted it to end. I wanted it to go on forever. I can't wait for the next book Eternal Hell."--
"The plot is original and full of morbid scenes. I have to read to know what's going to happen. At least for me it wasn't predictable at all. The descriptions are so well made that I could perfectly picture the scenes in my mind, almost like I was watching a movie, even when things happen really fast. I know there's a sequel for this book and I can't wait to read it. I recommend it if you like zombies and supernatural, and if you want to read a book full of action scenes."--
And part of another review from "Candis pens "Eternal Revelations" in a unique plot centering around humanity that depends on the children of the earth to save it.A must read for all mystery, horror, thriller fans." Eternal Hell is out now, and Eternal Suffering, the third installment in the Eternal series will be out this summer! And for those of you that don't know..that's me rocking the cover of Eternal Revelations!!!