Just Like Every Knight has its Sword
Just like every Cleveland Brown plays its sad, sad career. Every soul has its story. Though the popular song by Poison (I think) didn’t go like that, both proclamations I mentioned are true. Every Cleveland Brown plays a sad career and every soul has its story, either triumphant or tragic, but hopefully triumphant.
Every soul has its story. Every single one of us has faced terrible trouble, which likely led to more terrible trouble, which probably led to even more terrible trouble, before finding a solution when things looked hopeless. That’s a story, and it could be one for the ages.
But, how do we know unless we write it, edit it, and shop it?
Few souls do, but writers definitely will.
A Word on Characterization
In Lord of Columbia, many of my characters are either based off someone I know or a few people I know with similar personalities.
Heck, I’ve even based a character off myself.
Again, we all have a story to tell, so by drawing inspiration from those around us, we have our terrible trouble.
After reading works by Les Edgerton and being taught how to write by Jerry Jenkins in his writers’ guild, it’s clear readers want to see terrible trouble from the beginning, or at least a foreshadow.
With four months to go before Lord of Columbia’s release, I’ll release the first teaser and state terrible trouble is established a paragraph after I introduce my main character and things really heat up starting on page two.
Lord of Columbia’s Influences
Okay, so we have the terrible trouble, but we also need an antagonist to get in the protagonist’s way.
Hence my love for calling out the government when it’s (always) wrong, because the maniac neocons in Washington like Mike Pompeo, John Bolton, Gina Haspel, and others have something to do with my antagonists. Again, teaser alert.
But, if you’ve been following me for some time, you’d know this by now.
The influences behind my antagonists?
Every single government whose ever fueled an empire over the last few hundred years, and there has been a few.
A Story Within Us
What’s sweet is Lord of Columbia is my version of a story I’m sure has been told one thousand times.
Why does the world need another book?
Because they haven’t read my version.
And it’s why you need to buckle down and write your book: Because the world may’ve read the story you have on your mind, but they haven’t read your version. Even if you and I are telling the same story, there will be some key differences.
Heck, the genre may even be different! I’ve classified Lord of Columbia as contemporary fantasy with elements of dystopia and a touch of steampunk, and yours may be science fiction with action/adventure, and who knows what else?
Don’t be afraid to write your story, and after you do, let the entire world know what it’s all about. Don’t be bashful, because the second you get into a rhythm, you’re going to be proud of what you wrote.
It’s hard, really hard, to get started, and when you’re in the marathon of the middle, it doesn’t get any easier. After which you have plot holes to cover, and a bunch of other good stuff to edit and fix after the first draft.
But it’s worth it.
The writing process is worth it and it’s something I’m glad I can get back into while I’m still in my twenties, before the ironclaw of life overtakes my soul.