Category Archives: Writing tips and ideas

How many ideas do you have for novels?: Even if you never get to write them all

How many ideas do you have as an author? At this point, I have just way too many. There is no way I can write them all out before I am long gone. So, why do I keep adding thoughts and ideas to my bulging notebooks?

It’s what we do as writers. It might be the one that excites us in ways the other ideas have not.

Once I started writing, I had one idea. I was okay with that at the time since I was writing. I know a local writer who is working on her first book. When asked what other ideas were percolating, she stated this was her only idea. She was okay with that to write one book. Yes, the room went silent.

Another local author stated the same thing, but being around the group and other writers, she soon started to compile ideas and since have written another book.

It is contagious once you write an article, short story, novella to a full-length book. For us, once the writing bug has hit, it does not go away, if ever, regardless of how many ideas for books we will never get to write.

What languages are your books in?

How many languages do you speak? It does not have to be fluent. At the moment, my Jasper, Amazon parrot series is in Spanish and Portuguese.

Or so I thought.

Someone asked me for a link to my books. Upon doing so, I found the image above. My book is now in Italian. I was happily surprised and a bit shock. Italian?

Now I don’t speak Spanish, Portuguese or Italian, but I intend on buying copies, if possible, of each language to have. Yes, I won’t be able to read them, LOL, but that is fine.

Jasper keeps on flying to areas for children to read and learn about the Amazon rainforest, the animals inside, and the problems they encounter.

I hope they enjoy and become passionate about the region and find a love for reading that will propel them to endless adventure through my books and others.

We are excited to see what other languages the books will Jasper will have.

May we be pleasantly surprised in the future.

Do you know the characters in your book from a to z?

How well do you know the characters in your book?

Yes, you will give the readers a physical description as well as mental and emotional attributes. Well, hopefully, you do.

But how well do you know your character inside and out? If someone asked you about them, would you be able to answer them satisfactorily?

Creating characters in our books is not as simple as throwing lines against a wall and see how many, if any, will stick. We, as readers, need to be invested in them to keep the pages turning.

Creating personalities in one’s manuscript is part of being a writer. The better you are in tune with your characters, the better read it will be

I tend to talk to my characters as if they are real. I have conversations going back and forth, which map out things I might not have thought of before. It is odd, and I suggest you don’t do this in public but getting a good grasp of this imaginary human is vital. And unless you take the time to do this right, one can’t be surprised if people turn on the very same characters you say you love.