Tips on Worldbuilding

Worldbuilding-something that many writers either love, or dread. Why? Because there are so many amazing, unique experiences that you go through whilst making your very own universe. It’s one of my favorite things in writing, and so that’s what I’ll be talking about today.

On Deck

"So Abijah rested with his fathers, and they buried him in the City of David. Then Asa his son reigned in his place..." -2 Chronicles 14:1
You are probably asking yourself, "Who is Abijah?" At this junction, King Solomon has died...if you've read this part of the Bible before, you will recall that due to insolence on the part of Solomon's son, the kingdom of Israel was divided in two- Jeroboam became king of Israel and Rehoboam (Solomon's son) became king of Judah.
The reason for the split of the kingdom was because Rehoboam acted in an incredibly unwise manner: when the people came to make him king after his father's death, Rehoboam ignored the wise council of the older men and instead followed that of those he had grown up a move to gain their obedience and fear, he essentially told the people that he would rule with an iron fist. That didn't go over with the people very well, and as you can understand, the nation divided...all but two of the tribes made Jeroboam their king.
Rehoboam rules and dies. His son, Ahijah, also rules. How did his reign go? "And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him; his heart was not loyal to the Lord his God, as was the heart of his father David." (1 Kings 15:3)
And then Ahijah dies. His son, Asa, is next in line. He has a choice to make. What will he do? How will he rule? Will he walk in the ways of his ancestor David, a man after God's own heart? Or will he follow the examples of his father and grandfather? He chose rightly.
Verses 11-12 of 1 Kings 15 say, "Asa did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as did his father David. And he banished the perverted persons from the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made." Well done, Asa! It would've been easy to follow the wrong path...he had plenty of examples to follow! But he did what was pleasing to God.
In baseball, there's a term that describes the person who's next in line to bat: On Deck. While Asa's father was "batting," Asa was on deck, waiting for his turn. And when it was his turn, Asa was ready- he hit a homerun.
My family just found out last week that an older person we had known had died after hitting her head. This lady had a special meaning to my parents...she and her husband were the ones who mentored my mom and dad in their marriage and their walks with Christ right after they got married. Yet it was like a torch- they mentored my parents, but as soon as God provided opportunity, my parents took that torch and now mentor other married couples when the occasion arises. As we young adults get older and older, we are getting so much closer to taking a hold of that "torch" that has been passed down to us. Christian mentorship, leadership, and wisdom are all some point, it'll be our turn to pour all that we've learned back out into those coming after us. It's a heritage.
In a sense, we're all like Asa. He was waiting for when God called him to take up his torch, and we're doing the same. At some point, instead of being directly under our parents, we'll have children of our own who we'll need to instruct in the wisdom of the Lord! If you're not already old enough to vote, there will soon be a time when you will be called upon to make wise decisions in selecting godly leaders. That torch is getting close!
Asa did what was right...1 Kings 15:14b says, "Nevertheless [even though the high places remained] Asa's heart was loyal to the Lord all his days." Study God's Word so you can be ready when you're handed the bat. It's close...right now, you're on deck.
In Christ,

Christopher O’Rear, 19, is a Jesus following, piano playing, entrepreneur-ing, writing, soccer player for Boyce College. He is proud to call Louisville his home despite the miserable winters he endures there! He leads a team of writers for FoundWhoIAm, a blog by Christian teens to encourage other believers in their walk with Christ. 

Turn of a Leaf

The party is here, the room is crowding
My vision is dimmed, my head is pounding
I’ll fight to stay for as long as I can
This migraine is not going to have its say again

Playing invisible is how I’ll get through
Staying in the back is how I’ll make do
The exit is beside me so now believe
If disaster strikes, I can sneak out and leave

An hour in and I’m losing my hearing
I feel a disaster creeping and nearing
The stone cold wall felt warm on my back
If I don’t go now, time I will lose track

My vision is black, dark as a cell
It’s completely frightening, can’t you tell?
Powerless to even cry and yelp
To find a solution, to seek and get help

Goodbye’s are said and I head towards the door
Go now before there’s a scene on the floor
Anxiety is a blinding, crippling thief
My life is changed like the turn of a leaf

Connecting Your Head and your Heart

When I sat down to write this article, I didn't really want to. Let me clarify that last sentence. My head knew that I should do it, that it was good for me. But my heart was convinced that I would be better off doing something else. That is because while my brain can look into the future, my heart only knows how I feel right now. But do you wonder why I buckled down and started writing? It's because my heart also knew that if I didn't write I'd let down all the Writers of Elysian. So I opened my computer and started writing.

From this experience, you can see that to do anything hard, you need to connect your head and your heart. You need to make them work together, in unison.

But before we go any farther, let's clarify a couple terms:
Your heart is the part of you that feels
Your head is the part of you that reasons and thinks ahead.

So how do you make them work in unison?

One way to connect the two is accountability. For example, if it were not for the accountability that I have from the other Writers of Elysian, I probably wouldn't write regularly at all. The accountability that they provide gives me an immediate reason to write.

Another way to connect the two is to give yourself "rewards". A reward can be anything you enjoy doing or having. To get a reward, you need to do something that works toward your goal, such as doing that workout or writing that article. You only give yourself the reward after you complete your task.

By connecting what your heart wants and what your head wants, you can do things you don't really feel like doing, such as writing another article. :)

Until next time, keep writing!

Coffee Shop Encounter (repost from Fathers Joy)

Hello all! Today is an excerpt of a short story I posted on my blog a bit ago, follow the link to read the rest!

"Liam read the text message, disbelieving what it held. He sat in the coffee shop loft/library. For

minutes his thoughts flew around, trying to make sense of what he was reading. "Is this true? Is it a scam? What should I say? Should I just leave it?"
Finally, he decided to reply with, "Ryan...? Is that really you?"
And then to try and alleviate his own mood he added, "You still have my number, huh?"
He pressed 'enter' and waited. His friend's message had been sent nearly twenty minutes ago.
He must have been too busy writing, with his headphones in, to notice the phone vibrating.
Liam paced the floor, stopping at the railing to gaze down at the people below. Some sat just as silently as he had been, some sat in groups and joked around. While others just stood in line and left without another word, coffee in hand.
Brow furrowed he listened for a sound, any sound to come from his phone.
When a sound did come he nearly jumped out of his skin.With a sigh of relief, he realized it was only someone come up to the library."

Hope you enjoyed that! If you did, here's the link to the rest of it!

Logan (Open Pen Critique)

 Note: Our first Open Pen Critique, don't forget to comment your thoughts!

~Logan gasped heavily. With a twist and a flick, he escaped his opponent’s grasp and floored him long enough for a breather. With a lunge, Logan was back into the fight, it had to be finished now or never.

*Samuel grunted as his opponent, Logan landed on top of his back. The man was better than he had expected, but not too much better- yet. Logan had become a real threat to the empire and he must be eliminated before The Plan was carried out. Suddenly, Sam’s thoughts reverted to his child hood. Martha was on top of his back and he couldn’t get up. As a last resort, young Samuel kicked at his sister’s back to be let up.

~Logan landed on Samuel’s back with a thud. He disliked fighting, he had had enough of it in his younger days when he worked for The Plan. He wouldn’t be fighting now, if it weren’t for The Plan. If Logan lost this battle, millions of people would lose their lives.

*Samuel kicked hard as Logan jerked his chin up by his thin black hair.

~Pain screamed through Logan’s bionic arm and it lost its grip on Samuel’s hair. His right hand caught it but the damage had been done.

*Sam felt the grip falter and took his chance. Ignoring Logan’s horrible scream of pain, he squeezed around under the man’s straddling knees and punched upward into his stomach. Logan collapsed to the side and Samuel was up in an instant.

~Logan felt Samuel’s iron fists collide with his stomach and fought back the urge to throw-up. The force propelled him off Samuel and into the dust as he felt the man practically flip onto his feet and reach for a gun. Both began the fight with a revolver, but those had been knocked out of the game within minutes. Logan panted on his back and wondered why the daylight sun appeared to be nearing twilight.

*Samuel eyed Logan. He had learned since their last encounter, he had learned much. Samuel was waiting for a surprise, a dangerous trick that could turn the tables, but nothing happened. The threatening bionic arm lay lifeless, thrown at a painful looking angle and blood trickled down the side of Logan’s cheek, he was obviously delirious with pain. Samuel felt sick.

~Logan coughed and tried to shift his left shoulder off the rock it had landed on. He was waiting for a crack and then he would be released from this pain. Everyone knew Samuel left no survivors, especially Logan. When he finally caught his breath, he realized that Samuel wasn’t in sight. Logan coward into the dirt, wishing he could become invisible, Samuel had him where he wanted, he could do anything right now. Absolutely anything, and usually, that was signing your death warrant.

*Samuel speed through the trees, panting as his thoughts raced faster than his legs could go. He never bothered with the plans made higher up. He just followed. He never tried to understand motives. He just worked. He never tried to think for himself when on the job. He learned early second thoughts caused failure. But now, but what? Logan was the enemy, he would have been defeated, but as he reached for the revolver to put the man out of his misery, Samuel realized something. It was an unwanted realization, a realization that would put him out of a job, home, and would likely kill him. He realized The Plan was wrong. It had hit him over the head. The thought had left him dazed. The knowledge gave him emotion once again. That was why he was racing through the trees to his car. In it would be a First-Aid kit and he hoped a disposable phone.

~Laying in the clearing, Logan finally allowed himself to pass out; if Samuel wanted to kill him, it didn’t matter if he was awake to see it.

*Samuel pounded on the windshield of his truck. His keys had escaped his pocket while he dashed through the woods. His eye caught a large rock near the rear tire. Without a second thought, the way he had trained, he snatched it and smashed the driver’s window. An insane drive propelled him as he scrambled through the glass fragments to reach the disposable phone under the floor mat. He snatched it and hit the lock button as he tore his shirt on the jagged glass. Stumbling to the back seat, Samuel fumbled with the glove compartment. A First-Aid kit was produced and the phone was slipped into it. Finally, he could sprint back to the clearing Logan was laying in. What am I doing? What is Logan going to do. By now, he’ll have a revolver. I’m going to be shot before I can get this to him… Samuel had never realized how normal it was for a human being to think for himself, all he knew now was that he was doing the correct thing and would likely be killed for it.

~Logan woke with that screaming pain shooting through his body again. Samuel was leaning over him with a wide strip of cloth dangling from his mouth. With a final effort, Logan kicked his leg up into Samuel’s thigh. Samuel grunted and leaned heavily on the hand gripping the bionic arm. Logan nearly shrieked with the pain but Samuel slipped his heavy hand off the machine and onto the ground.

*Sam winced. His thigh smarted, but to hear a man like Logan scream like a child was unnerving, terrifying even. He slid his arm under Logan’s back and proceeded to tie the useless metal to the man’s body. When he finished, he leaned over Logan, trying to make eye contact.

~Logan stared fixedly at a tree to his left, trying to ignore the pain enveloping his life. Samuel was towering over him. Why he was still alive, he couldn’t tell. “Logan, listen.” Samuel was speaking now, his dry voice penetrated the unusual silence that enveloped the woods. “Logan, listen! I need you to- Logan, you have to trust me. I…” Logan turned his head to face Samuel.

“You what.” His voice was deep and cold. Icy cold.

“Logan, can you walk?” Samuel sounded despairing. Logan glared at him and tried to blow his blond hair out of his eyes. Samuel brushed it away for him with strangely gently fingers. “Logan, I need to get you out of the woods, I don’t know what is up with that…thing, but I can’t fix it and it needs a repairman.”

Logan frowned more. “You won’t get a chance to take me back for questioning, make no doubt about it.”

Samuel bit his lip. “That’s not why I want you to-” He stopped and swallowed. “Logan, have I ever lied? Sure, I’ve been on the wrong side the whole time, but have I lied?” Logan twitched his head to agree with him. “Well, maybe I- I don’t know what happened, but I’ll help you. I will, and you can’t say I’m untrustworthy, this’ll be the first time I’ve failed to carry out a mission and you know it. Let me help you.”

Logan stared distrustfully at the proffered hand. “Why.” His voice was husky and he almost choked on the word.

“Just- because! I know The Plan is bad, I know you’re the opposite of the plan, I can’t explain it any more than that. It- I can’t make it words, please just- just trust me.” Samuel felt himself being scrutinized by Logan.

“Fine.” Logan muttered and he held his hand out jerkily to be helped up. Samuel sighed and hauled him up gracefully.

“My truck is that way, I don’t know where to go and I can’t use my good phone or they’ll trace me. Will you be able to stay awake and give me directions?” Logan clutched Sam until the dizziness relaxed a little and he reached for his bionic arm.

“Sam, are you sure you’re…sane?” Sam looked pained.

“Logan, I can’t explain it, but it makes it no less true. I am sure that you’re right. I never thought of The Plan being right, but I want to think about you being right. That’s the only way for me to…justify any of this. Maybe I wasn’t sane then. My life was a gray fog then anyway. Now it’s clear.”

Logan laughed softly and flicked open a panel on his arm. “Here, I can’t see it, so find the green switch and flip it neutral. It will stop the arm from sending ‘pain signals’ to my brain and I should be able to make the drive.”

Samuel gingerly pressed the green switch and stepped back quickly. He didn’t trust the metal arm under any circumstances, whether it appeared broken or not. He glanced back at Logan and was surprised to see his face still screwed up in pain.

“Alright, Sam, you’ve got to carry through now, my side has our exact location and someone on his way to meet us. Let’s go back to your truck. You better carry through; this arm is rigged to self-destruct if I die. Keep that in mind.”

Samuel nodded grimly and led Logan to his truck, crossing his fingers that the spare key was under the floor mat.

“You don’t mind, do you Sam? I didn’t trust you yet, but you have to admit, there was precious little to trust in you.”

“No, Logan, I wouldn’t have trusted me either.”

The two men chuckled softly and Sam slapped Logan’s bionic arm in friendship.

Project Update: Meet Skylar Morgan

It's been a long while since I updated anything about my projects and what they entail and things like that, so I just thought that I'd take this moment to share with you a project I'm working on.

The Adventures of Skylar Morgan.

Meet Skylar, a young woman with a medical secret. Defying the odds, she tackles every obstacle that's in her way head on. So with her companions by her side and her Heavenly Father leading her path, she sets out on the biggest adventure imaginable. The adventure called life. 

So what do I plan on doing with this story? Every book I have come across about autism or the Asperger Syndrome (minus one) has been approached from the scientific aspect because it is a science issue. However, I plan to draw from my own personal experiences with autism and bring the reader into a view of the world through the autistic eyes of a normal person. 

4 Steps to Creating a Villain

One of the hardest things for me was creating the villain. I knew that they had to be evil- but I have trouble creating them. I'm not a particularly evil person, and so to create someone who is can be scary. And then I realized something- they don't have to be evil. They have to be humans- who breathe and cry just like us. Now, if you're writing a sci-fi where the villain is some sort of rebel A.I… that's a little different. Robots don't have feelings (that's why its Artificial Intelligence)- but you must make sure that your evil character does. 
1. Give them a background
Every evil character in history has some sort of background. Not an evil background- but a background that made them turn into what they are. Did his parents hate him because of his deformed face? Was there a meteor shower that killed his parents? Make him have some sort of past so that the readers will be able to understand them a little bit more.
2. Give them something to 'feed' off of
Every good villain has some sort of goal. Whether it's to dominate the world or have revenge on his brother- it doesn't matter. Make your villains have some sort of unobtainable goal where they will not be satisfied unless they reach it. Does your evil queen want to be the 'fairest in the land'? Does your step-mother want to bring her step-daughter into the ashes? Do they want to dominate the world? Wipe out an entire planet in order to stop a disease? Yes, all of these examples are from books and stories- quite popular ones. Your villain must want to obtain something unreachable- and therefore he does all these 'evil' things to try to reach it.
 3. Make them human
I've read books where the villain was the master of all evil, the darkness of all storms, and the worst possible nemesis. It kind of hurt- because the authors didn't make them human. They made them… fake. As I was reading it, I was like 'where is the emotion'? Now, I know it's easy to slip into the 'oh, he's a bad guy so he doesn't have a heart- therefore he doesn't have any emotions' thinking. I've done it many times. But those are the moments that you need to remember that they are human, and they do have thoughts. You may not show these thoughts, but you must act on them. The villain may not, but you must. If you start thinking of them with pity- everything will come out different. Did President Snow ever lay awake at night thinking of all those lives he killed? Probably not- but he might have. He is, after all, human.
4. Have pity on them- they're also your creation
Blood. Death. Destruction. Bad guy dies. Arghhhh! Yes, I've read books where it is like this. The good people march in and kill the bad people without a second thought. Well, what's the problem here? We want happily ever after- right? Yes. Well, what happened to justice? I've never liked to think of my protagonists as murderers. It makes me ache a little. So, what if you were to have pity on these villains- and let justice be done? Why not preserve your characters good name and not kill him? See, Katniss doesn't kill President Snow… he's killed by choking on his own blood. And he choked on his own blood because of all the poison he used to kill people. See? His fault that he died. Not Katniss'. Have pity on both of your characters and spare your villain. Your book will be much different after that. What to do with them afterward, then? Well, lock them in prison, make them turn good, banish them. The possibilities are endless!

NOTE: this has been published before on Kiki's website dystopianlogic.tkBio: Kiki loves writing, acting and anything creative. She loves writing novels of multiple genres and hopes to help others with the same mutual passion.

The Importance of Reading

Do you remember the first time you picked up a book and couldn't stop reading since? 
I do.
I remember learning how to read. It was agonizing, difficult and confusing, it made no sense.
The word "said" sticks out the most. I had trouble remembering to put S-A and I-D into one word.
Eventually, I was given the option of finishing the entire book we used, or stopping and moving on to other things. Of course, I chose to stop, and I've never seen the inside of that book again. 
I was a slow reader, I much preferred listening to someone else, rather than doing it myself (let alone writing anything).
The first time I actually enjoyed a book (that I read myself), was a long time ago, I don't really remember anything I read before that. 
Well, by now you're probably curious to know what book sparked my lifelong interest so much that I 'devoured' it fast than I knew I could (although I'm sure I read twice as fast now)-Okay, okay, I'll tell you now. 
It was the Goose Girl, by Shannon Hale. I often forget about this book, nowadays my absolute all time favorite book is Lord of the Rings (as I'm sure I've said, quite a bit), even though I didn't read those books till much later. Both of these are reasons I love reading Fantasy so much. 
So, what, or who got you reading (or even writing)? 
What's on your summer reading list? If it mostly consists of one genre/type, try something different (I'm sure you can guess what I read most of. Hehe, I'm working on it). 
Broaden your horizons, as they say! 
Have a lovely summer! My part of the world is bracing themselves for some...Not so lovely hot weather.

How to Write Better Fight Scenes

So, back when we were writing posts on writing tips every day, I went over on the YWWC and asked everyone which of a number of post ideas they'd like to see, and promised to write on the top three topics. The result of that is here on this blog, but one topic was suggested that I hadn't thought about: tips on writing fight scenes.

At the time, I just replied that I didn't have enough experience writing fight scenes to help out with that, but I realized that I had written far more than I could remember. So here we are, the post that was once asked for and never really expected!

How to Write a Good Villain

 If you’re a fiction writer then you have to have an antagonist. It’s as simple as that. Everyone knows how to create a good protagonist: Make him likable, make her tough, give him a weakness, don’t make her invincible. The list goes on. Everyone spends time on a protagonist, but the antagonist is just as important; maybe even more so. The basic truth is, you HAVE to have some kind of opposing force for your protagonist. Otherwise, you’re watching someone eat ice cream on the street with no problems, which, put bluntly, is a bad story. The antagonist doesn’t necessarily have to be a person, but that’s the type I’ll be focusing on today (Because who wants to read about how to develop an antagonist like a dog or failing crops?). Not everyone will write a villain like I do, but here are some tips to make a few common types of villains.

    Personally, this is my favorite type of villain. It’s the bad guy that’s just a little off in his reasoning but is still likable as well. It’s the villain we want to change in the end and not be completely destroyed by the protagonist. The trick with this type of villain is making sure that the reader doesn’t like the villain instead of the protagonist. This can be hard to do, especially if you have a protagonist like Wolverine that’s rough and tumble against a villain that’s likable. I would only recommend using this kind of villain with a protagonist you know is more likable than the villain.
The key to making the relatable villain work is to make the villain just flawed enough that the reader doesn’t like him/her particularly, but likable enough that the reader can understand them. The absolute best relatable villain that has ever been created is Marvel’s Loki. Loki has an understandable backstory, but he’s cold enough that we don’t like him (until he goes back to good . . . again).
The relatable villain is all about balance. Do a little too much relatability and the reader is rooting for the villain. Do a little too much bad and the reader won’t relate to the villain at all. Of course, there’s always the option of “no one’s right; pick your side,” which could make an interesting story. I go more in-depth about relatable villains in my book ‘Loki: How to Write a Good Villain,’ which I will start posting in chapters on my blog once a week starting next week (no guarantees because life happens).

Pure Evil
    Now I think that everyone knows there’s no such thing as a purely evil person. But in fiction writing, who said that’s impossible? Apparently, no one, because this is one of the most popular villain types out there. The problem with this one, is that no one believes in a pure evil villain, because (duh), they don’t exist. BUT they can be pulled off. Look at Sauron and Darth Sidious. These villains seem to exist to destroy.
 In all truth, they do. The authors created those villains to be pure evil. How do they work then? Why do so many like the Lord of the Rings and Star Wars if the villains are unrealistic? Because the whole WORLD around them is unrealistic. Middle Earth and a galaxy far, far away make us accept these villains. But not just that. You can have a made up world and a pure evil villain but still not pull it off. So again, what is it that makes these villains work? The story isn’t focused on them. All we know about Sauron is that he’s a distant, far away threat to Middle Earth. 
Darth Sidious is hidden behind all of his minions, causing evil from afar. The authors weave the story around the villains so well that we don’t have time to think about motives (why exactly does Sauron want to enslave everyone in Middle Earth, and why does Sidious want to rule the galaxy?). We’re focused on whether Frodo will make it to Mordor, or whether Luke Skywalker will save the princess and blow up the Death Star. So the key to writing pure evil villains: Keep the focus off of them. Don’t give a lot of ‘page time’ to the villain. Otherwise, the reader begins to wonder about him/her and then sees that they are unbelievable. As a plus, keeping the villain shrouded in mystery makes them more terrifying and interesting, because as we all know, when presented with a puzzle, the reader wants answers. Of course, you are also able to keep the relatable villain shrouded to an extent, but it’s much harder to make them both relatable and mysterious.

Equal (Or Wants-to-be-Equal)
    This type of villain can work really well with the relatable type but still works well on their own. The equal villain could also be the name of the next type of villain, which is why we’ll call this villain the ‘wants-to-be-equal’ villain. Again, Marvel’s Loki is probably the best example of this type of villain (and just my opinion, but Loki and the Joker are the greatest villains ever created). Loki has been ignored his entire life because the attention has been on Thor, and he’s finally fed up (relatable part). So he decides that he’s going to do everything in his power to become Thor’s equal by pretty much destroying New York (the flawed aspect of the relatable type)
. Power can be a strong driving force in both fiction and the real world. If a villain was slighted by, ignored by, just doesn’t like the attention the protagonist gets, or any other number of reasons, the villain might just try to either take down the protagonist to become his equal or do enough damage to match all of the protagonist’s good. Obviously, this type of villain works best with superheroes or fantasy, but it’s possible to do in a fictional ‘regular’ world as well. Perhaps a policeman’s partner is tired of the policeman getting all the credit and becomes a criminal. Again, this type works the best with the relatable type, but on its own, you can weave some interesting characters.
Opposite/Dark Side/Equal
    This type of villain is an interesting and effective villain. This villain is based completely on the protagonist. He can either be the protagonist’s opposite (Batman’s calm, calculated, order versus the Joker’s manic, spontaneous, chaos) or an evil version of the protagonist. The opposite is a very interesting story creator.
When not only good and evil, but completely opposite personalities clash, things can get intense and fascinating.To make an opposite, you create a protagonist, and then come up with a wildly different antagonist. Perhaps the protagonist wears all formal clothes and the antagonist wears casual t-shirts and sandals. This could also represent the protagonist’s uptightness and the antagonists laid-backness. This could even lead into a deeper character arc. Maybe the protagonist is
too uptight, and learns from the antagonist how to relax a little. To create a dark side or ‘evil twin’ antagonist, take your protagonist and give him evil motives. If the protagonist is brilliant, make the antagonist brilliant. Both can be formal. Maybe both were in the police force. Perhaps even their personalities are the same! But the protagonist stayed on the straight and narrow. The antagonist could say, be accused of robbing a jewelry store even though he didn’t. He spends a few months in jail, is found innocent later, and let free. But the antagonist is bitter now. He figures that if he’s going to be accused of doing something wrong and serve time for it, he might as well do the crimes (You can’t take that idea because I’m already using it.). While the other villain types work well, this villain type is most likely the most interesting type.

    I hope this helped you!

Bio: Dylan is fourteen and loves writing, for the most part just comedy, specifically comic-fantasy and comic-thriller. As well as nonfiction, when random inspiration hits, or an interesting question sparks an idea.

Perfectly Prepared

Every experience God gives us, every person he puts in our lives, is the perfect preparation for the future only He can see. ~Corrie Ten Boom

Perfect preparation.

As writers, we have the ability to create the future of the characters we create. As people, even as Christians we play a part in a big story that we don’t fully see. We are living, creating, and making, history. We can tell who our characters are, their actions, choices, and things that they do. But we can only see the choices and decisions we make.

Just think about that quote for a minute. Cornelia Ten Boom, or Corrie as we know her to be, was the daughter of a watchmaker, survivor of the Holocaust, and the refuge of hundreds of Jews.

I have been recently been reading about the life and times of King David, and the other morning I was reading about the battle at Ziklag, David’s time there, and the death of King Saul in 1Samuel chapters 28-30. Think about it, here is a shepherd king, defeating lions, bears, and any other kind of animal in order to protect his flock. Those defeats prepared him in defeating the biggest threat to the flock of Israel, Goliath. So, at the time of Ziklag, we see David trying to defeat the Amalekites in his own way instead of where he was supposed to be and being present when King Saul killed himself.

David, the shepherd king, was prepared to rule over Israel by not only killing Goliath, but also seeing it first hand under Saul. But he wasn’t the only one perfectly prepared in the Bible, Esther was prepared as well.

Esther, as we know was raised by her uncle in the Jewish law under King Xerxes, and that is as far as we know about her backstory before Xerxes does away with his wife and searches the kingdom for a new bride. Which as we know, is how Esther came to know the king. She was taught, in the palace, on how to be a royal,  how to rule a kingdom, be on the king's good graces, etc. What she didn’t know at the time, was the pure wickedness of Haman and his pure disgust of the people of God. So as the day of destruction drew near, Mordecai counseled her with this:

For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? (Esther 4:14 KJV)

Two different people. David a shepherd and Esther an orphan. Both raised differently, raised differently, but perfectly prepared for the role in which God had them play.

2 Secrets About Bad Writing

You know the feeling.

That paper is due tonight.

But you just don't feel inspired.

So you turn out mediocre work.

Unfortunately, this scenario happens far too often. That results in a ton of bad writing. That's the bad news. The good news is that that bad writing isn't a total waste. In fact, it's not a waste at all.

I'm going to provide you with 2 secrets that will enable you to turn that bad writing into an invaluable help.

1. Bad Writing is the Key to Great Writing

Let's take as an example a man who failed many times. Namely, Thomas Alva Edison. Most of us know of him as the one who invented the lightbulb, and a few of you might know about some of his other inventions, such as the phonograph. But his most important trait was that he failed and kept on going.

"Failure is only failure if you don't get back up."

This old adage was certainly true for Edison. He failed thousands of times. It would have been so easy for him to say, "I'm a failure," and go try something else. Instead, he stuck to his task and eventually succeeded.

While you may dread writing because you think the final product will be awful, don’t forget that without trying and failing, you will never succeed. Don’t be afraid to fail.

2. Let Others Read Your Bad Writing


Most of us don't like to show any of our writing to others, much less our worst work. But if we want to succeed, getting another's opinion is vital.

Let's go back and take a look at Thomas Edison again. When one of his experiments failed, he studied the problems and tried again with a better material. But even such a great inventor as Edison still gathered many others around him who would support him and help him on.

In much the same way, we need to recruit others to analyze our writing. You see, quite often, we are blind to our own blunders, and we need others to point them out.

Because if we can't see our mistakes, we will never have the chance to improve.

By showing others even your bad writing, you will gain insights that will prove critical to your eventual success.

By applying these two secrets, you can use that bad writing as a springboard into great writing.

If you've had success using these secrets, be sure to let me know in the comments!

June Writing Update (Kirstie Rhys)

Hello again, all writers, readers, and adventurers! Today is a general update for me and my writing.
What have I been doing? Being consistent! *and the crowd goes wild*

Blogging, for the most part, has become multitudes easier for me. I now have a set schedule, I'm totally okay with sharing my writing with people I've never even met (to a degree, some things I will never share). Blogging is now fun, instead of something to stress over (although let's face it, I still stress, a lot). 
Project wise, in November I completed my novels rough draft (I'm sure I've mentioned that already), I haven't embarked on the crazy thing called editing yet, although brainstorming to make the plot better and clearer is always happening. 
Back at the beginning of the year, I started a story, of which I posted a section every week (The Adventures of Tammy Poe), I have now decided to stop posting it publicly on my blog and publish it as a collection later on. 
However, I will still be posting fiction snippets every week.
In addition, I have a few short stories in the works. Which I may not share with the worldwide web. 
To sum this all up, I am learning consistency, perseverance, and well, writing, of course. 
See you next time! Let summer time begin! 

PS. As always we here at Writers of Elysian love guest posts, and those that would like to join our ranks!!
P.P.S. I love guest posts on my personal blog as well!