Enter the Superverse

Writing tips

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Yuan Jur - AuthorRegarding advice about being an author; Authors new or long-standing, everyone discovers that publishing and getting published is a very fickle industry. Without authors, mega millions both professionally and recreationally would have to find something else to make money from and entertain themselves.
Authors, true authors, are creative inspirational individuals. People who produce avenues into worlds fictional and true that transport the page turner on a journey of discovery. Fictional works have driven real industry inventions forever. An author’s work is more often than not solitary and for a protracted time, that takes discipline, and self-belief often amidst a flak storm of powers-that-be telling you “NO, you’re wrong, you must conform to our method or find another career buddy”. If it’s fiction, there are worlds to build, characters to evolve, unfolding circumstance and the critical events to pull the reader into the world to be constructed.
Authors come in all shapes sizes and thought methodology. We are the lifeblood of the publishing industry from the extraordinary “how the hell did they think that up” scribes, to the clones who pretend originality off the back of someone else's hard work. No matter what, Stories are why we are here.

So with that in mind;

Middlemen; and there is an ocean of them. All the “how to” guys, the ones who offer leverage supposedly in your advantage. They are the ones who will invite you in often after assessing their bottom line of your work. “What’s in it for me from this guy’s product?” Your book is also your best asset be careful how/what you trade for it. Middlemen, are only interested in you for what you bring. They care for you not in their wake after the inevitable parting of ways. Keep as much control of your product as you can with cards dealt.

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For my characters' foundation and their story I use Joseph Campbell's 12 steps and an eagle's view to bring everything to life. In constructing the worlds for my characters I first consider the comparison of what is ordinary for them and what is alien to them. My superverse traverses both mortal and ethereal worlds where, to Commander Bloch the paradox and reality of those two existences is a very true and normal thing. For Bloch and his crew aboard their sentient craft and for those who oppose what Bloch needs to accomplish their world is as real as ours. Approaching the Citadel 7 worlds with that in mind is the foundation that gives them life. For Commander Bloch working alongside ethereal beings and alien mortals as a human is just another day in his volatile reality. Citadel 7 environments are charged with both ordinary and puzzling life. Something Commander Bloch and those who accompany him in his quest to stop the superverse from imploding constantly discover. Bloch is a very adaptive human being; he has had to be, his dark secret and experiences of reality requires it. I work hard to ensure each race is not a clone of the one before it. They must have their own ideas on design, customs and a life that is meaningful to them. Building worlds and environments that don't always gravitate to what humans might see as dazzling and beautiful has been my greatest and most enjoyable challenge. In short there is a symbiosis between Commander Bloch, his story and his environments. He is made more vivid because the worlds he lives in are themselves alive and evolving pushing him to constant new horizons.

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Characters are the central driving force and the reason all stories exist, regardless of whether they walk, fly, stand or appear in dream scape as a calling mountain. Citadel 7 characters must be more than just vehicles' to expose a set of events in a story arc; they must be a visceral experience for the reader discovering them and their world. I see characters in shades of gray, a catacomb of undiscovered secrets, strengths, weaknesses and motivations. They are the treasure and the reader the archeologist who wants to see what they see, know what they know. Good characters are not made great without some polar opposite and it is only through what is for them adversity and difficult choices that they truly grow. That is why they must strive and as the writer and architect of their world I am bound to be cruel to be kind to both character and reader alike. Good aligned characters are at their best when their true dark nemesis pushes them to the brink of no return. Through the series, bad guys and good guys come back better, smarter and more intent on achieving their aims. The girls must be able to kick arse as well as the boys, or it's the writer who is stuck and not the reader. This is how Citadel 7 characters are brought to life.

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I write epics of a vast superverse involving complex and fully developed races in both macro and micro culture. My worlds seamlessly traverse mortal and ethereal boundaries, which have their own politics, personalities, heroes and serious bad guys. The plots and story lines interlace just like the world we experience and meticulous attention is paid to how the characters communicate, what motivates them and where do they come unstuck. To make all that work to the highest possible standard so a reader is in the story not just reading about a story, I also write highly condensed short stories of the same superverse. They are snap shots that force me to consider every line with no bloat or padding and identify what is critical to each characters life and present experience. Short stories and epics have two separate speeds. Changing gear in that way I have found a rhythm a sympathetic value that exists between the two extremes. They both force my story to live as if it were today's news. After the tale has been concluded to a tight final draft it's time for the real step outside the comfort zone of my created world. I batten down the hatches to be edited by a professional impartial and skillful mind that knows my genre and is only interested in two things. Enthusiasm aside, does this work transport the reader to believe this writers imagineered world? Is it desirable in today's market? I am privileged to have an excellent editor who ensures everything is synchronized, consistent and relatable for readers across the citadel 7 series and who is removed from my beta test group. When a green light of good to go occurs after the editing is done, then it's time to send the story aloft into the world or writing competition to see how it stands up in a blind an unbiased shootout. That's how the stories of Citadel 7 are prepared.

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My blog's aim is to lay down some thoughts on the art of storytelling as told using written words in invoke and open the vast reserves of imagination we all have. Artists who use a brush or indeed theses days a tablet are not so different from the imagineer who paints with words. The artist using a brush or stylus lets us see his intention by producing a background, middle ground and foreground. The writer reveals their story to the reader via a beginning, middle and end. The painter uses color to define the subject, scale and depth of their 2D or 3 dimensional story. The writer uses words to identify the subject. The more powerful those word constructions the more potent the reader's experience. This is the writers brush stroke. Color for the writer is represented with words describing the scene's mood and depth. This gives readers' a way to digest and experience the world they are to discover as they turn the pages through their own imagination and empathy. Both painter and writer attempt to have their piece come to life in the mind of the observer and both often find their works have opened far more lateral view points than ever intended. I simply write stories for fans of the work to travel and explore the far reaches of their own imagination. I write stories with the hope that readers will want to walk alongside my characters, warn them, and shout at them if they believe them wrong. I write for the reader to see what the characters saw and felt. But most of all I write because the reader is the greatest and most significant part of the story. For without them, my Citadel 7 superverse crumbles to dust. I hope you will follow along as the Citadel 7 superverse is revealed traveling alongside characters old and new as they discover the circumstance of their own living present.

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For me, freedom to live in the fantastic is what fantasy stories are all about. They are places where readers of all ages get to play. Stories of any fantasy genre should in some way mirror the fantastic aspirations of the reader. As the author, I see each story as an inner and outer journey for both character and page turner alike, one of an unbridled mind where the rules can change with each new discovery. Like a growing coral reef, every crevice, bend, shadow and brilliant twist of events can turn out to be something more surprising than the reader can have possibly imagined. This is where the Citadel 7 superverse thrives and where characters high and low shape its evolution. Yuan Jur