Monthly Archives: June 2012

Blogging Language or, “Why I Write Like This”

In the information age, blogs are becoming more widespread by the day, with thousands of self-proclaimed professionals, commercial know-how’s, culinary wizards, and the like. Various writing styles dominate the scene, ranging from informal, witty dialogues, to formal dissertations.

This blog, in particular, exhibits a style which generally deters teens and younger audiences. The examples below are a great indicator as to why.

“Tonight I composed a scene in which my characters, as toddlers, had an altercation over a board game gone sour. Luckily, however, their grandpa came in to save the day… and advance the plot.” (Blogging style and complex novel aspects)

“A few hours ago I worked on a part of my story where my characters, as little kids, fought about a board game. Lemme tell you, chess pieces were flying! Though their grandpa helped out in the end, and made it so the story could continue.” (Although I wouldn’t say “lemme tell you,” this is my simpler form of writing which I incorporate in my stories)

The first portion of text was drawn from a prior post regarding literary contradictions (argumentative dialogue), and it certainly provides for a great contrast to more formal writing.

My writing style consists of both elements, incorporating simple dialogues and narratives for uncomplicated circumstances, and a much more formal and art-driven form which guides those portions of the plot (or posts) which may be deemed multifaceted, abstract, and/or more suitably described in such a manner. The latter dominates my essays, debates, and mature conversations. While the prior may be reserved for every-day life, [certain] forums, etc.

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The Importance of Contradiction: Intro

Tonight I composed a scene in which my characters, as toddlers, had an altercation over a board game gone sour. Luckily, however, their grandpa came in to save the day… and advance the plot.

Conflicting dialogue between characters is an excellent way to captivate readers, develop characters, and change tone. Though it certainly takes a while to get it right, and one must to be ready to contradict themself!

When I first began “seriously writing” in 7th or 8th Grade (with the set-up of a genuine story, rather than jumbled ideas or projects left unfinished after the initial thrill) I had a hard time with this. I hadn’t an inkling how to develop characters and egocentrically determined that they should all be in my likeness.
Even after I had more practice, and attempted to develop character sheets (age, weight, hair color, hobbies, etc.) I still found it quite a challenge to keep the conversation moving, especially if there was an argument present. I simply couldn’t manage to fully place myself in the shoes of my characters. And I always seemed to get caught up in the details and lose track of my purpose.

Glory be to God, I had a breakthrough with 400 Years of Silence (originally when I wrote it as a duet), my first attempt at didactic reasoning via fictional prose.

Although, it begs the question, what changed? Was it simply a spiritual adjustment, or had my newfound approach served as the necessary push forward?

Around the time the story was written, I was still in High School and we were studying alternative worldviews to Christianity, which served to broaden my perspective and take note of things I hadn’t before. My characters went from skin deep to multilayered in personality, paving the way for more extensive dialogue and believable argumentation.

With that roadblock out of the way, everything else seemed to fall into place and here we are today.

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Evolutionary Theory

Lately I’ve been engaged in discussions with proponents of macro-evolution, discussing the mainstream arguments against Intelligent Design.

As a believer in Jesus Christ, and with a logical basis for my faith, I find these discussions to be edifying, rather than trying. I have met many a civil person with whom I may discuss theories. Although, I have been equally met with insulation, despite the cordiality of my statements.

It is sad indeed, when two people of opposing beliefs cannot share some sentiment of respect between each other and keep from agression.

In light of such things, I am reminded of my favorite verse in scripture:

(I Cor. – NKJV) 13 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love

Photographic Specs

For those interested, here are the specs WordPress has gathered about my camera which has been used for the majority of the compositions posted on this blog.

Type: JPG (sometimes changed to PNG)
Date: Oct 12, 2010 (France)
Camera: Kodak EASYSHARE M341
Settings: 1/400s, f/3.1, ISO 80
Focal length: 6mm (35mm for 35mm film)
Flash usage: No flash (not usually)
Exposure bias: 0 EV

The Crashing Waves

The first imagery presented in my novel is that of crashing waves (and a rude awakening to boot). Within the prologue, it sets a mysterious tone for the novel, albeit does not come to fruition until the seventh chapter. It was also the first passage I turned to when I began systematically revising my novel for stylistic disruptions.

Below are photographs I’ve taken on my travels, any guess as to where? Or what [type of] body of water? The answer may seem surprising.

CoverOcean-AW (PNG Image)

A beautiful portrait of the interweaving hues of blue, lapping against the shore with great tranquility.

Crashing Waves-AW (JPEG Image)

This crop is my favorite of the two, albeit not the one used for my “working cover,” due to size restrictions. The scope of the waves, and the flow of the water is much more comprehensive.

 

The location was by far not the most striking, as Oregon, Ireland, or France. Although I attained some nice compositions, with some slight altering to return them to their intended beauty.

 

 

A Quick Note of Deadline

The month of July is fast approaching, which means the deadline is drawing closer! I really wish “The Big Day” countdown widget was a bit more exact. Although I suppose it might make the matter a bit more tedious.

Transitional Writing

I first began work on the novel (working title) Project Ordine two years

Grasshopper

Unnoticeable at first glance although unmistakeable upon a second. This grasshopper came to my attention as did my literary folly, although without so much shock, considering the creature is so harmless… whilst errors are so corrosive to the lifeblood of a tale.

ago when my writing was undergoing tremendous refinement. My whole outlook on storytelling was given a major transformation, and I started to pick up on elements I hadn’t noticed before.

Looking back at the first few chapters, I’ve been quite nearly appalled at how crudely constructed some thoughts were, especially at such a vital time of the story where a significant portion of background information is provided.

Even upon examination of my two-page prologue, I found ideas that I once stubbornly clasped onto as artful prose, disrupted the flow of the story and took away from the suspense which would initially draw the reader in. After a few necessary revisions, however, the issue was remedied. Nevertheless, there still remains much to reform.

I was surprised to have received very little negative feedback from my chosen readers (a small group of acquaintances, friends, and family). The errors were most certainly quite subtle, but they seemed to form such a maelstrom, I would have supposed an outcry.

Such, it would seem, is the retrospection of a literary perfectionist (in terms of mine own manuscripts [time to mix a little bit of Shakespeare into the blog posts]).

An Exhausted Faculty: A VERY Short Post

Tonight I’m exhausted from a long day of travelling and my mental faculty feels nearly spent. In my drafts I have a post entitled: “Challenging One’s Own Beliefs: Masterful Writing,” which I hope to finish and publish soon. It will discuss how argumentative elements within novels are vital to realistic characters. I also have a photograph I plan to post, cropped from one of my nature photographs. It struck me as embodying the prologue to my novel.

ZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzz…

Oh the Irony! (and a cliché post title)

Working on my novel tonight, I’ve begun to appreciate the literary technique of “irony” and the clever / covert ways in which it may be implemented.

One of my favorite uses lately has been that of naming irony. Whether the meaning of the name refers to a particular characteristic (as well as setting) of the target person, or is used when referencing an important event in the novel which affects surrounding characters, etc.

This well-loved device may be easily overused, however, if not situated correctly at proper intervals and pivotal moments where it is best suited.

Another Day Will Soon Pass

Tonight I aided my grandmother with basic computer skills, including monitoring e-mails, composing them, and adding contacts. It’s amazing what complexities we grow used to in life, and the capacity of the human brain to store such knowledge and practically apply it on a daily basis.

At around twelve or thirteen years old I was already developing and managing forums for fans of LEGO, motivated to do so after an adult fan had shut down his site. Even before that I was attempting to make video games out of Powerpoint presentations, and those diagrams I uncovered of my hopeful programs make for a great source of amusement regarding the imagination and perseverance behind it all, despite such fledgling knowledge.

Now, however, that time has brought with it maturity and even greater knowledge, I desire to use the full extent of my mental faculty for the glory of Christ, and to surround myself with people of the same pursuit.

Having studied world views, I am aware that the motivations of my readers may greatly differ. In the case of Secular Humanists (Atheists, Agnostics, [Neo]Darwinian Evolutionists, etc.), it may be the betterment of all mankind, or greater self worth. For Cosmic Humanists (New Age, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc.), attaining a better realization of their “godhood,” or supernatural wellbeing may be more likely. Having this understanding of other beliefs has benefited me greatly, and provided a better comprehension of the goals, aspirations, desires, and proceeding actions of those around me.

Note: The mission statement has been updated on “About Me.”