March 2012 - C. S. Dorsey
"And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy. Your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions." Joel 2:28

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Consciousness and Feelings

The most obvious thing to look out for when writing characters from the afterlife is that they can’t physically interact with their environment, at least not in the same way as non-supernatural characters do. If they can touch, taste and smell then you’ll need to come up with a plausible theory as to how they can do this, otherwise your reader will be left with questions about the world you have created and that pulls them out of your story.

It’s also tempting to give your otherworldly creatures completely human emotions, yet these also need to be explained. The process of dying and experiencing the afterlife will need to affect their personality in some way, just as going through the experience of, for example, divorce or completing an alcohol rehab program would change your real life characters. Whilst the ways in which death will have changed your characters will be down to your imagination, they can’t just be randomly picked out of the ether without some tangible theory attached.

C.S

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Creating a Fully Formed World

As with any genre of writing, the world you paint for you reader needs to be seamless. This doesn’t mean you should start dumping information here, there and everywhere. Sheer quantity of information doesn’t necessarily equate to a believable world. But if you can see a hole in your plotline or environment, your reader probably will too. Don’t assume that just because your world is an imaginary one that your readers won’t still expect you to know what you’re talking about.

In essence, writing supernatural characters does not mean you can pay any less attention to detail as you would in any other kind of story. Give them your full attention and creative scrutiny, and your reader will happily join you for the ride. 

C.S.

Saturday, March 24, 2012



 

From time immemorial we have been fascinated by what happens to us after we die. Because of this, writers and story-tellers have always explored topics such as death, ghosts, the paranormal and the afterlife.

Our human brains are naturally geared towards finding meaning in everything, so it makes sense that people would tell each other stories as a way to try and make sense of things that went bump in the night. Whenever there is something mysterious in life, there will be countless theories which try to explain it. Herbalists and practitioners of natural medicine were once misunderstood as witches. Unexplainable lights in the sky become alien spaceships in our imaginations. 

Real witches and spaceships may well exist, but a lot of the time it is our minds trying to make sense of what we can’t fathom.Supernatural topics have now become more popular in mainstream fiction, rather than just being contained within the typical genres of horror, paranormal, sci fi or fantasy. This has led to a broader variety of ‘ghost stories’ and in a way it has pushed writers to become more imaginative and creative with how they portray the mysterious.

A number of commercially successful authors have written about the afterlife in recent years. Will Self’s ‘How the Dead Live’, Mitch Albom’s ‘The Five People you meet in Heaven’, and ‘Damned’ by Chuck Palahniuk are as varied examples as you could get. Yet their common themes are death and the afterlife. The modern ghost story is no longer about trying to explain what we don’t understand; they are now about playing with the ‘what-if’s’.

C.S

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Writing Believable Supernatural Characters


 
It may seem a little paradoxical to say that your supernatural characters need to be believable. Vampires, werewolves, ghosts, multi-dimensional beings, and all the other varieties of paranormal personalities are based very much in our collective consciousness as being fantastical creatures, so how could they possibly be written to seem ‘realistic’? Yet, as with any of your characters, the reader needs to believe in them enough to get lost in your story and dialogue.
 

 Even if your reader doesn’t believe in ghosts, if your ghost character goes around eating hamburgers and feeling three-dimensional emotions without any explanation as to why they’re able to do that, your reader will start having so many doubts and questions in their mind that they can no longer buy into the fictional world you’ve created, and you’ll lose them.
 

C.S.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

~~Time Fly's~~
It has been a amazing year for me. This month marks the one year anniversary since I published my novel. And although I have not had great success like most authors I read about in their first year. I am bless to say that people have been purchasing my book(s). Are the number in the one hundreds? No of course not, but it will make it there one day.

For now I will keep on keeping on with my writing. In the mean time The Unsacred Gift is now on sale for $0.99 until April 15.

Available on Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, Apple iTunes, Kobo, Sony


Happy Reading!

C.S.
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