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Apocalypse: The Second Fall

In this post I’m going to share a bit more about my book.

In todays economy, there remain many doubts about our ability to rebound. Some say there is an elitist group controlling basically all events in the world, trying to bring about a New World Order. The United States debt is nearly insurmountable, and word is spreading that the dollar could be dead by 2012, meaning the United States would no longer hold the worlds reserve currency. If that were to happen, the results would be disastrous. Back in January, the Chinese President (Hu Jintao) declared the present US dollars domination as the world currency as a thing of the past and highlighted moves to turn the yuan into a global currency.

As the worlds reserve currency holder, the US is able to print billions of dollars we don’t have to cover its massive debt. If the dollar dies we will no longer be able to print money we do not have. Inflation will take the nation by storm. Basically, the world stands on the verge of monumental crisis.

So what does this have to do with my book?

Well, my first novel, in what will be at least a two book series, maybe three, deals with a Legend that brings about an Apocalypse. My world had gone down a thousand years ago to another Apocalypse, called The Fall. The Legend wasn’t fulfilled in its entirety and the world endure. Now, I begin my story when the world is on the brink of a Second Fall.

As I look around the world today, I see similarities between my story and the real story we all live in. When I began this story nearly two years ago I had no idea about the crisis the world faces today. The Middle East is falling into turmoil. Oil supplies are being disrupted and prices are rising quickly. I don’t know if there will be a solution or end to the growing chaos, and neither do my characters as the apocalypse heats up in book two. Book one could resemble this year, 2011. Things are changing, it would seem. Book two could resemble 2012, the year the Mayan calender has labeled as the end of an age. Some believe the Mayan calender calls for the end of the world on the winter solstice of 2012.  Others believe it is merely the end of one age and the beginning of another.

Regardless, the world grows dark in my story, but there is always a glimmer of hope. If my characters can discover the intricacies of The Legend, they can stop the “bad guys” from fulfilling it and ending the world… or is it simply the end of an age? When my book comes out, you will find out.

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Edit, Edit, and… Edit

Want to fine tune that manuscript you’ve had sitting around? Think three steps.

Step 1: Edit

Step 2: Edit

Step 3: and… Edit again

Seriously, I am finding out that getting a novel ready for publishing requires almost just as much editing as writing. I think I heard somewhere that a novel is 10% planning, 50% writing, and 40% editing. It took me two years from start to finish to complete the first draft of my book. Will it take almost two years to edit it? Probably not, though it seems like it. I was balancing high school and college work over those two years I was writing. Today, I am able to spend much more time editing so it won’t actually take me too long to edit. However, I’m about two months into the process and there is still a lot to do. I have at least a few more weeks worth of editing.

I should clarify that any plan you have for editing shouldn’t be as simple as I stated above, obviously. I was simply ranting about the enormous task of editing a manuscript without hiring a professional. And yes, I hope to do most of the editing myself. It is way too expensive to higher a professional. I sent in my first chapter to a professional editing company to received a sample edit. The sample edit came back and they wanted me to give them the go ahead to finish editing chapter one… for 80 dollars. With 27 chapters in my manuscript, it would be over two thousand dollars for a professional edit at that rate. Sure, they probably have a quantity discount, but still. They even claimed to have some of the lowest rates. Scary.

As I am discovering, editing should entail some steps. You should have order; a plan of action. Basically you should begin with general content editing. Plot holes, additional or deleted scenes, character voice… etc. That should come before grammatical edits. I was doing both (content and grammatical editing) at the same time and ended up throwing out three chapters, adding four, and rewriting another. I then had to go back and edit those new chapters. Lesson learned? Save grammatical editing for the final stages. If you are looking at your manuscript with a truly critical eye there should be plenty of content editing to keep you busy.

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City Profile: Khan-Kedhron

Khan-Kedhron
Role: Capital of The Dradikhan Empire
Population: 50,000,000
Ruler: Emperor Ghadal
Age: 2,000 years old
Status: Old Age (advanced) Metropolis

Khan-Kedhron is the largest city in my world. It lays near the center of the world. It is the only technologically advanced city still standing after The Fall, an apocalyptic event that occurred nearly a thousand years ago. Its massive size dwarfs all other cities. Renewable sources of energy (i.e. solar, wind) have allowed it to continue to thrive in the centuries since The Fall. It has never been taken by an enemy force in its long history.

Combine the skyline of New York City with the futuristic skyscrapers of Dubai and then put them both on steroids. Now, add an even more grandiose backdrop of towering mountains than those that grace Denver, CO, or Salt Lake City, UT. Can you see it? Can you envision the vast, futuristic city basin surrounded on three sides by towering mountains? Can you grasp for a second the jaw-dropping magnitude of this majestic metropolis? Say hello to Khan-Kedhron, the city that will play the largest role in my books.

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The Art of the Prologue

Yesterday I finally decided my story needed a prologue. It’s called “Prologue: Eye of the World” and it really helps set the stage and pull the reader in. My first chapter begins in a region similar to Eastern Asian in culture. The secret warrior order I throw you into is not far removed from the Shaolin Monks of China. It could be a start that would turn some readers off. I had one reader tell me it was a little weird. I needed some impetus for the reader to progress beyond, what I believe, is a perfectly interesting and involving first chapter. However, I do realize it is not a standard environment for the opening of most books. It’s a bit “spiritual” and “transcendent” in nature. It has that Eastern feel.

So I journey back in time to a moment that would set the stage for the rest of my series. I journey back one thousand years to the last moments of an enormously important time in the history of my world. In my prologue I give massive foreshadowing and, hopefully, the reader more to draw from as they turn to the first chapter. I believe the prologue I wrote could be a masterstroke. Based on what I’ve read of prologues, they are either a masterstroke or ruin the beginning.

If you do not have a prologue, chapter one is perhaps the most essential part of your book (the climax challenges for first, but what good is a climax if the reader can’t make it past chapter one?). It will decided whether the reader will go on or not. If you have a prologue, it becomes more important than even chapter one. Based on my reading on the net, I’ve found that prologues get hard reviews. Editors and professional writers are extremely skeptical of using them. And rightly so. It can be the trademark of a young and/or inexperienced writer. Often, your prologue should simply be labeled chapter one, if you get my drift. Unless, of course, you are going back in time, to the future, or are dealing with a totally different POV (point of view) and/or character than your main character. However, if the tone of your prologue differs greatly from the rest of your book, it will fail.

Also, never use a prologue to give a backdrop for your main character. This will bore your readers beyond belief. They want to experience and learn about the character as the story moves along. If you are not growing and expanding your character in your readers mind as the story moves, they will become disinterested. “Show” don’t “tell” your reader about your character.

All in all, prologues are generally not a good idea. Start with chapter one. A good beginning can be as simple as starting with the beginning. That is what I did until I realized there seemed to be a need for a prologue and some foreshadowing early on. In defense of prologues, I would like to say when done right, they can be powerful tools. Most of the prologues I have read in published books have benefited the story.

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Seven Legend – Hello World!

Hello Readers!

I have started this blog for a number of reasons. I will address those reasons later on in this post.

First, a little about myself. I am Seth Olive; writer and aspiring novelist. I have been writing fantasy novels since I was about twelve years old. Now eighteen, I am on the verge of finally attempting to publish my most recent novel (title not to be disclosed at this time). The novel is fantasy, complete with a map of my world. You could say the target audience is Young Adult, but my novel will be of interest to most age groups just as stories such as The Lord of the Rings have captivated most age groups. I am in the middle of editing the 410 page manuscript as of the writing of this post. This first book of a possible trilogy should be ready to be published in a couple months.

Now, why did I create this blog and what will be on it?

I created this blog so that I can begin to gather a following of enthusiastic fans before, leading up to, and after the release of my novel. Like most authors, I am not writing for only myself. I am writing so that the world can share in the adventures running through my head. Hopefully you will enjoy them as I much as I have.

What can you expect to see on this blog? This is not my space for torturing readers with ranting, ravings, monologues, and cheap salesman hot air. Here, on Seven Legend, I hope to share many things.

1.      Thoughts on writing. Specific and general topics.

2.      Things I have learned.

3.      What I am currently doing.

4.      Teasers and tidbits from my book and future books.

5.      Share intriguing articles and quotes.

6.      Ask questions.

7.      And hopefully update, update, and update. Who follows a dead blog?

Ironic. I have seven points above. It is the number seven again. This brings me to the conclusion of this post. Why the blog title “Seven Legend”? For now, this is the title because my book and potential trilogy revolve around an apocalyptic legend that relies heavily on the number seven. Here comes a teaser. There are seven realms, seven beasts, seven years without a summer, the seven isles… etc.  It’s all about the Seven in the Legend. Welcome to Seven Legend.

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