Saturday, September 13, 2014

Darkness and Light

How do you determine the direction of the protagonist(MC)?

As a writer, the life of the protagonist is often mirrored from our own life experiences or to those experience of someone who is close to us. Nurturing the MC is fundamental--the polar opposite is reflected in the arch-nemesis of the story who seeks to torment and manipulate the protagonist to his/her demise, but it is also true in-and-of-itself that the protagonist's 'darker' alter ego can also be the villain. This is the fundamentals of writing fiction, i.e.

Man vs Himself(Alter Ego) 
Man vs Circumstances
Man vs Arch-Enemy

Like physics and quantum mechanics, these laws determine the overall storyboard and moreover the fate of the MC and sometimes in a series of books and the MC can adapt--or rather become wiser and more experienced(truth and consequences). Along the same lines, the MC would be faced to make choices that will forever echo into the future. The Marvel movies, such as "Iron Man", it was the irresponsible actions of the war-profiteering Tony Stark that was nearly killed with his own genius and it wasn't for his near-death experience and the hands of his fellow captive that saved his life and gave him a second chance. He then used his knowledge to protect. Hence, the guardian philosophy. And the same is reflected with Spider Man 3, the riddling question of making the right choice(Cause and Effect).

                                             "Heroes are not born, they are made."

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

'Figment' of my Imagination.

I am looking for beta readers, including critiques from fellow authors as I continue to work on this project Legends of the Kah'Rai: Prophecy(Book 1). Feel free to comment, I'd love to read your thoughts as this story evolves. I've spent many mornings and nights writing, working on the starship designs and more and I've put my story on

Preview: Chapters 1-6
Legends of the Kah'Rai: Prophecy(Book1)



Monday, September 1, 2014

Don't think. Just Do

"Don't think. Just do."

A mentor and friend taught me this when I was studying the Isshinryu style of Karate, this ideology can be applied to a plethora of life lessons and situations, including those in the world of fiction. It's like watching an opportunity and failing to act, or rather postulating the "What if?" hypotheticals. Quite recently, I was given the opportunity to change jobs, at first I was uncertain on whether it would be a good fit for me and my family. But taking that step of faith helped me to realize the importance of life's unique moments, We can't waste time worrying about how it's going to turn out, we just have to move forward and though change can and more than likely be difficult--it's often for our best and we don't recognize it until we've taken that first step.
I believe that some writers/authors(including myself) have a tendency to over think plot, character development at times--especially when it comes to every writer's block. We tend to lose focus micromanaging our character's life and by doing so we lose our audience and we tend to go into the intricate, superfluous detail the environment surrounding our character, rather than focusing on the character's state-of-mind during a critical event in their life i.e. death of relative, relocation, convictions, advances, etc. Rather than focusing on notes and research that we have written in the past; though they will be used at some point. I find that writing by the seat-of-my-pants keeps me aligned with storyline fluidity and from there I am able to fill in the gaps between scenes with added suspense, drama and plot twists or descriptive battle scenes. Thus, completing a story or stories. I am appreciative of everyone who reads my blog and I hope you are entertained by what I am able to give. So until next time.

Yours Truly,

M. J. Stoddard