Browsed by
Author: Nicolle

Using Google Translate for Fun

Using Google Translate for Fun

I’m pretty sure in this day and age that we are all very familiar with Google translate. Many of us have probably used it, or have heard the horror stories about mistakes it has made. You would think that it would be a simple thing for Google translate to go from one language to the other without messing things up terribly. But when you put something in to be translated and try to take the result and turn it back…

Read More Read More

What Makes a Good Character

What Makes a Good Character

What is one thing that, no matter how good of a writer you are, your story will not exist without? Characters. There is no way on this blue planet that you can write a story without characters in some form or fashion. It is physically and literally impossible. But, even though characters are such a necessary part of giving life to a story, poorly written characters can kill a story just as quickly. So, how do we go about making…

Read More Read More

Character I Like and Why I Like Them

Character I Like and Why I Like Them

What is it that drives us to read books? It might be the questions of what’s going to happen next. It might be the excellent descriptors of the setting the story is based in. It might even be the emotional ride that the author takes you on. Perhaps it is all of the above combined. But even if it is all of these, there is one common factor throughout all of these. To figure out what happens next, the characters…

Read More Read More

World-building: Traditions and Culture

World-building: Traditions and Culture

We have discussed how geography, languages, and religion affect world-building. In this last installment in this series, we will be discussing how culture and traditions shape world-building. The reason these two are last is that the previous topics influence culture and tradition. Culture is: the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group; the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization; the set of values, conventions, or…

Read More Read More

World-building: Religion

World-building: Religion

In this vast, blue world of ours, we have quite a few religions. We are so surrounded by religion and belief systems that it has become just everyday white noise to most of us, despite numerous people continually arguing about it. What very few people notice is exactly how much influence religion has on all our lives. Some religions believe in a single god, which is called monotheism. Christianity and Islam are among these. Now others are polytheistic, believe in…

Read More Read More

World-building: Geography

World-building: Geography

Second up in our world-building series is geography. Let’s face it. If you’re building a world for your story, it has to take place somewhere. Your characters aren’t just floating in the great abyss interacting with each other. That’d be boring. And honestly, very confusing and worrisome. Let’s say that you want to have a city as the setting for your characters. Now, this city can be medieval, modern, futuristic, minuscule, gigantic, essentially whatever you want. It doesn’t really matter….

Read More Read More

World-Building: Languages

World-Building: Languages

When most people learn a foreign language, it’s usually for school credit, work, or because they’re going out of the country. In class or however they learn, there might be a small snippet about the culture of the major countries that speak the language. While what little is taught about the culture is better than nothing, it is highly disappointing. Languages have such a profound influence on culture, and vice versa, that it needs to be explored deeply in our…

Read More Read More

World-building: Introduction

World-building: Introduction

Halloo, Folks! Guess what! Over the next four weeks, I will be bringing you my first blog series! In this series, we will be covering several different aspects of world-building and why they are important for your story. The different topics we will be covering are: Language Geography/Resources Religion Customs/Traditions What is world-building? Merriam Webster defines world-building as “the art of creating a new fictional world.” Though this phrase is most often used in the context of fiction writing, this…

Read More Read More

3 Types of Writing

3 Types of Writing

When most people think of writing, they simply think of words on a page. Some understand a few differences between fiction and non-fiction writing, but there is more to the different types of writing than just these two. With the wealth of text that surrounds us everyday, it’s easy to ignore the subtle qualities each type possesses. For instance, you wouldn’t write a work email the same way you would write a pamphlet for the Bahamas. You also wouldn’t write…

Read More Read More

Why Should We Read?

Why Should We Read?

Why do we read? Why do we need to read? Okay. Yes, we do need to read just to live in this world: reading street signs, restaurant menus, our phones. Let me rephrase the question then. Why do we read books? All right, yes, non-fiction books can help us learn things, like our textbooks and literally anything else that we want to learn about. So, let me rephrase the question again. Why do we read fiction books? What exactly do…

Read More Read More