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Silver Dagger Book Tour Has Begun! You can enter to win an Amazon giftcard!

The title sums it up pretty well. The tour has launched today and you can enter to win a 20 dollar Amazon gift card!

Start the tour now!

Instructions:

Check out the mega post about my poetry book All of my Every Things and near the bottom you can enter to win the gift card! How exciting. 😀


While you’re at it, head on over to Amazon and grab yourself a copy of the poetry book, digitally, for only 99 cents or free with kindle unlimited!

The Word: 5 Tips That Will Improve Your Stories and Writing

Many people struggle with writing, I get it sometime it gets hard, but never give up! Here is a list on how to improve your storytelling! These are tips I have shared for years to help everyone wanting to write stories or even improve their literary role-playing and storytelling. It’s time to bust out your thesaurus or your online dictionaries for what they were meant for!


5. Research

The saying goes: write what you know. I agree fully, but what about everyone else that love writing new things, things they may not know? To that I say: write what you know because research will teach you. If you’re unsure of something fully exhaust yourself researching about a subject. Of course, go fully legal in your research and harm no one.

4. Comparing

The best way for a writer to explain something is to compare it to something more familiar. Recently, I wrote a short story and inside of it I described a UFO as a ‘silver donut’ Seems very simple, but you now know exactly what I’m talking about right.

It’s good to be descriptive, but sometimes simple gets the job done. If you’re writing descriptively enough throughout the story comparing something unfamiliar to something that is recognizable is a great way for the reader to see in their mind what you’re trying to convey.

3. Know Your Characters/World

The best way to write a character or world is to fully flush them out. It may be tedious, but it can help very much during writing. This is also where the jokes authors make of ‘my character wouldn’t let me’ or ‘they told me how they felt’ come in. It’s from, I hope, them flushing out personalities, histories, and all of that before hand.

Ask yourself questions and answer them. Who is this man or woman? Did they overcome what they went through? Did it damage them in anyway? This is also good for world building.

Fully flush out everything, enough of everything at least. I’ve met writers that have gone above and beyond creating interesting worlds and some that have done enough.

2. Pull From Your Own Emotions

This seems easy enough, but sometimes isn’t utilized properly. I have become well known for my ’emotionally driven writing style’ and the secret is this. If I’m writing something more horrific than what I’ve been through I use how I felt to write what it is and try and add upon it.

For example: I’ve never been possessed, but I’ve written about it (Human Ouija, The Blasphemer Series: Harvest, and The Painting of Martel depict different styles of possession). I imagine the worse possible feelings I’ve gone through, wrote them, and then thought more about the character’s situation. Feeling invaded, feeling overwhelmed, and perhaps confused.

1. Remember Your Five Aristotelian Senses

The key to really pulling someone into your story and improving your own writing is remembering the 5 ‘traditional’ senses (also known as the Five Aristotelian Senses). These are touch, taste, hearing, seeing, and smell.

Ask yourself questions.

Touch/Feeling – Is it cold? How does this character feel about that? Can they feel the warmth of their coat or perhaps they feel the chill because they’re not properly dressed. Perhaps your character has picked up something, how did that object feel. You can even describe simply if it was heavy or lighter than expected.

Tasting – Is the food salty or sweet? Did that cause them to moan enjoying the flavor? Say they were hit in the mouth, what did the taste of the blood against the taste buds of their tongue taste like? Perhaps they expected something to taste delicious because it appeared that way, but sadly it was disgusting. You can describe the disgusting flavors, why it was disgusting to that character. How did the food look before they tasted it?

Hearing – If the scene is ‘quiet’ can the character hear the buzzing of the air against their eardrums? Perhaps they do and it’s interrupted by a sudden noise. How did they react to it? Was it a familiar sound of another character coming home or a stranger breaking in? Did they hear glass shattering of a window or a door’s wood breaking when it was kicked in?

Seeing – So much of the story can be based on what is seen or describing a scene in such a way the reader can see it too. Things can be bright, blinding bright, or dark and dim. It is, for me, one of the first descriptors as it puts color to the moment.

Smelling – Smell is said to be the strongest of our senses linked to memories. They can take us to our grandmother’s house because she baked a lot or even to a sad memory of losing someone. For example: After a funeral many bring food to the family that has lost someone. Perhaps in this situation your character cannot stand the smell of pies because they remember losing their mother.

There are all kinds of scents. Sweet, nasty, or something that reminds me of our favorite memories. Apply those to your writing. Did the apple smell delicious or has it rot? You can even mix smelling with feeling and go the route of the air smelt clean and cold. You see? Mixing the senses creates a dynamic surrounding for your character and will add to the world they’re in.

You can even go into how the smell made your character feel. Did the burger joint’s smells make your character hungry or sick because it was overpowering? Use this!

There are more senses, you can learn about them here and here. I recommend this as it can help even further!


YOUR TURN

What did you think? Did this help? Have anything to add to the list above? Do you want me to do more examples? Perhaps show these tips in action?

F.A.Q.s w/L. Bachman

Hopefully, this section of the site will answer many questions that I’ve been asked, re-asked, and asked even more. I don’t mind being interviewed, by all means do interview me, but most of the time the same things are asked over and over. It’s all part of the business of promotion.


What inspires you?

Anything and everything.

How long have you been writing?

I started writing at a young age. I didn’t know at that time it was a form of therapy. A way to control my situation which I felt out of control of.

Have you ever put someone you know into a story?

Usually it’s just interesting traits of personality, but by name yes. The one that I have done had traits of the real person, but I never see them actually in the situation I put them in. They knew I was going to use them and it was more of a joke because I needed a character and name for a short story.

When did you begin to call yourself a writer?

When I was referred to by other people as one. I just considered myself as a person that wrote.

Are you family members supportive?

Yes.

What do you think when someone says writing isn’t a real job?

My taxes say otherwise.

You write horror, do you like scaring people?

I write a lot of different things, just most have fallen into the horror genre. I don’t think what I write is really scary, but some may see it otherwise. It was another author that informed me I was even writing horror. I do play up the ‘scary writer’ thing and joke about ‘enjoying to scare people’, but what I hope really can be boiled down to hoping someone gets something, good, bad, or otherwise, from something I’ve written.

Who are some of your favorite authors?

Edgar Allen Poe, Mary Shelly, Anne Rice, Neil Gaiman, and HP Lovecraft. Those at the traditionally published and for the indie-published I’m a fan of P. Mattern, Kindra Sowder, DS Roland, SL Kerns, Kerry Alan Denney, and Thomas Vaughn.

When not writing what are you doing?

I do a lot of art. I sometimes take on clients that want to hire me for cover work. I also enjoy spending a lot of time with my family.

How do you balance work and family?

I carve out time for work. Since I work for myself it’s a flexible schedule I’m working with which makes it easier. I spend a lot of time working with my family on spending time together. I do not work on Sundays and cut back greatly on doing anything on Saturdays. I also deal with insomnia that comes and goes whenever so often time I’m up at night when my family is sleeping which also is a key time for me to get a lot of work done. It’s a balance, that’s for sure, but not impossible.

28 DoBR: Maxwell Demon by L. Bachman

This book is a shameless plug, but it’s a book. Maxwell Demon is the first book in my series The Blasphemer Series. The synopsis is merely the squishing down summarizing of how deep this story goes. When writing it I cried, I laughed, and really enjoyed the process that, for most writers, is never seen, but if written right the readers can pick up emotionally. The reviews say I wrote it well, but I leave it up to you, the person that may pick up the novella, to determine if you enjoyed my writing style.

This book in my words is a story about a fallen angel that fell in love with the first woman, Lilith, and fought in the Clash of Angels, but on the wrong side. He didn’t accept his punishment, being sent to Hell and the mutilation of his wings, and found himself a way back to Earth. He learned that Lilith too was punished but with reincarnation forever to live and die until she learns why she was punished. He believes if he can find her and help her learn then he can prove redemption and forgiveness is possible, even for her.

His has found her many times, but always too late. He has seen the soulmate die many times and in many ways. This book is her last life recorded, he learns that she will be given no more lives and she will be doomed to Hell, the place for the truly unforgivable. Maxwell goes to Hell when she is kidnapped, he goes through a mythical fantasy realm full of fairies, talking trees, and mythical creatures, and Earth to help her.

It’s more of a dark fantasy story with horror elements than a horror piece. There are references to so many creatures, here’s a small list of them that are in this book and this series:

  • Angels
  • Demons
  • Vampires
  • Werewolves
  • Fallen Angels
  • Witches
  • Fairies
  • Talking Trees
  • Unicorns
  • Boogeyman
  • Ghosts/Spirits

Synopsis:

Maxwell, an angel who fell from Heaven for his part in the corruption of mankind walks a plane of uncertainty on Earth. He was unwilling to fully accept his damnation, so he set out on a mission to save the soul of the woman he loves, Lilith. Now, more than a millennium has passed, and this is his last chance to save her and prove that no one soul is beyond redemption. 
From the gates of Heaven to the fires of Hell he has traveled to save her. He is bound to her by his heart and he will face the ones he once called brothers to rescue her. He will complete this mission.

She is now known as Adele, with no remembrance of him, their love, her betrayal, and it is up to him to show her that her life is worth more than she could ever imagine. He rediscovers why he fell in love with her and along the way, wages war against Hells greatest demons to remind her.

Who is destined to die? Who is destined to live? Who is the real enemy? Is one soul worth the world?

Been Tinkering Again

I know in the Facebook Fanclub that I announced I would be using Blogger, but upon discovering some things, mainly my inability to get it to do things I thought it could, but it doesn’t, I decided to change it again. I know, it’s annoying, but it only affects the website.

I’m always trying my best to make things streamline and easiest for you the readers of my rambles to get around easy, access information quicker, and basically optimize. I changed things around on the website a bit as well. You can now see a new tab ‘Sneak Peek’, this is the new home for a page that more fully explains the newsletter. Where it is now was something very very important, the ‘contact’ page has been moved to live underneath the ‘Bio’ tab in a drop-down menu.