These vampires do not sparkle. Glory goes to the slayers. Vampires exist as a result of a blood-born pathogen that makes them subservient to the masters. It’s not magic, you hit them hard enough they fall down. They want to own the world. They feast on blood and turn some into vampires.
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It doesn’t start as an apocalypse, but it does reach a point where it seems all is lost. Like any good book.
Sidney realizes he cannot fight an army with the ammunition he has, so he starts looking for friends. Definitely a few like-minded slayers in the world who don’t want to be a midnight snack. Some do it for the glory, but some it’s about saving humanity.
Characters in my books
Sidney is my first person point of view (pov) main character in this book. He is a classic vampire slayer, strong and fit, with deep rooted revenge issues and finely honed reflexes. He might be based on me, But I Admit Nothing. I don’t really think any writer can do a full-length book in first person and avoid having some of them in that character.
With my books, characters are where it’s at. Especially for me as a reader of books. First person has definite limits, but I believe, if you want to be in a story, it can be effective.
It’s a mistake, but I typically write stronger characters. The rule typically is to write weaker main characters who solve problems with wits and not brawn. Definitely a place for solving problems with wits in my books, but sometimes brute force is applied.
I grew up watching Sarah Conner in Terminator and Ripley in Aliens, at the theater. People have never told me my characters are flawless. And the rumor mills (twitter plus facebook writing groups) say this would be bad if they were flawless.
Is a deep-rooted love for humanity a flaw in a fictional character? Is believing in redemption a flaw? Is keeping hope alive, a flaw?
I do want a strong plot to draw out emotions, but I want my characters to be loved and hated. If the reader isn’t interested in the character it’s doom for most readers, and no emotional response. Into the Did Not Finish (DNF) pile.
Glory is forever.
I write light on descriptions, they’re not super important to me overall. Personal preference for books I enjoy reading myself. A lot of times with lengthy descriptions, they become so detailed, and too many details for my poor brain to track, and it ends up soup.
Honestly, I hope this can be a positive aspect. So many of my counterparts in writing fiction are doing entire outfits or one person’s appearance in an entire large paragraph. My best is about three to four quick short sentences, and the vast majority are fewer in my books.
Battles and fights are a different issue, but this tends to be more a mix of narration and description. Especially in a vampire slayer book, you need detailed fight scenes.
My early drafts were terrible on descriptions of people, close to zero. My R.A.E.C.E. Genesis first draft, I spent more time describing a hover tank than any person.
It’s like a discussion of polar opposites, some writing heavy description versus very little. I’ve tried to find balance in there, but it’s still a light layer.
I build heavily on thoughts plus dialog. Action is mixed in too for a great recipe. I honestly try to have thoughts on almost every page. Sometimes in fights, I’ll cut back on them for pacing reasons. To me a thoughtless vampire slayer is the most paper thin of characters.
I see so many books the thoughts will be in Italics, and will be fewer than four or five sentences in the whole book. Then I’m not inside any character heads, and the plot is secondary for me. It’s a close second, but if you’re not into the characters, the plot is mechanical in any book.
It cannot just be about bloodlettings. It’s so important to have a bigger picture. For me, in most of my books, the big picture is saving the world or saving the country. Good, Bad, or Ugly, that’s what the muse gave me.
Dry spells are quite real for me. Sometimes I welcome them, but I fear the really long ones. This is between every story almost, you don’t call it writer’s block. Writer’s block is being stopped in the middle of a story in my opinion. Dry spell is better if it’s a break between stories. And less people try to sell you on snake oil to beat a dry spell.
My #1 Excuse
My favorite excuse for all the niche books, is this is what the muse gave me. This is my main defense. A lot of people will say write mainstream dramas and tropes. It doesn’t seem to be what I can do. It seems like everything will always be a niche.
Truth is I think if you’re writing in a niche, it’s kind of an opportunity to focus marketing, and shoot for being cult classic books. Whether I can ever make that work is unknown. I have a philosophy that if you move a few small rocks every day, you can ultimately move a mountain.
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