Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Accomplishments of Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan has created amazing books based off of histories of myths, architecture, ect. You may recognize his most famous series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians. This series in particular was inspired by his skn who has Dyslexia and ADHD. He created stories to tell to his son before bed of Greek myths (because he was learning about the Greeks in class). He told of a young boy who learned he was a demigod and realized his Dyslexia was for reading greek and not english, and ADHD for his battle reflexes in fighting the greek creatures of myths.
My point is that Rick Riordan has made an amazing series off of his inspiration of his skn and off of real history and myths and bringing them forth into modern day.
I believe in my previous post I mentioned that you have to create an amazing story and plot to really get your book published. My example is Rick Riordan. His Percy Jackson became such a hit over the creativity of the series and the plot so incredible... His creation was so good that the fandom brought upon the attention of directors and producers. In February 2009, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Theif, was released on movie screens across the nation.
After compleating the Greek Mythology series of Percy Jackson, Rick Riordan wasn't done with doing more research for a new series. All around the same time, Rick Riordan released to new series; one of Roman Mythology (that continues off from the Percy Jackskn world), and egyptian mythology. When The Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero released, fans died over all this new material of history (thats never been done before) brought on Percy Jackson fans to devour this next set of awesomeness. With the add on of The Kane Cronicles: The Red Pyramid was released, people were just baffled on the creativity and smashing hit of Rick Riordan's creations that the publishing industry really pumped up their standards for authors.
Even after the Twilight series of Stephanie Meyer, authors and writers changed what teens were askkng for. Auhors of today have to do some serious researching for something NEW. Something that will be the new Twilight. Soon (and kinda already) the new Twilight is The Hunger Games. With all the fans of this new series introduced by Suzanne Collins, fans are dieing for the Hunger Games movie to hit screens on March 23rd, 2012. Filming just completed Thursday night and now the first tast of this new Twilight will hit MTV screens this Sunday at the VMAs.
Although Rick Riordan has the amazingness of the Percy Jackson series hitting the movies, he has created a decade of challenge to better author's books.
What authors have to do since Twilight became so big is to RESEARCH! My last post mentioned that you have to have this amazing (not already done) storyline PLUS research for something new. Writers of today have the biggest challenge to do some really amazing geniusness that the competition is getting more tougher and tougher. After Hunger Games gets HUGE, the competition will be tougher than ever.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Chapter Endings are More Important than you Think

One of the biggest problems of today is that people are writing books, they send in the book to get published and their lost on these sea of books that's are never read. Obviously something's wrong with your book but these days people are getting published for their creative stories. But you could have an amazing story but your never published... (unless your Vivian Vande Velde with her book: Book of Mordred[the book's dedication]) The trick about this amazing breakthrough of a publication is how it is "running."
One of the best authors who really gets this theory of mine is L.J. Smith. The perfect example would be her Night World series (I found this really annoying only because for example I would like to go to the bathroom but I can't because L.J. Smith ends chapters so dramatically, so cliffhanger awesomeness) that no matter what, I can't go to the bathroom therefore learning that it is IMPOSSIBLE to take a break from her books when a chapter ends.
Parcially why the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare is so popular is because the author has created an amazing story in every way, shape, or form BUT ends the chapters in a can't-stop-reading moments.
In my previous blog post, I talked about how an outline is basically life or death when it comes to writing amazing books. This principle applies to this theory of amazing chapter endings. When you write you HAVE to have a plan BUT this plan has to be VERY fast. Fast as in you can't allow your readers to want to take a break at the end of a chapter. You have to have this plan where you can't have just a coupple amazing "oooh"'s and "awe"'s, the book has to b e filled with awesomeness back to back.
Just for clarification, your book could have this theory but your story is as lame as what a life of a cow is like.
James Patterson has a similar theory to this chapter ending awesomeness. He writes approximately 500 words per chapter. He does this not only to help younger readers keep reading (which has everything to do with my theory on chapter endings), but to help him as a writer and story creator to keep the pace going back to back.
In book reviews, a person would say that the book was never ending; could never get to sleep because it was to awesome, etc. These are signs that the book is just REALLY awesome.
To try to get your book published at all, you could be the smartest kid in your shook, the writer who's been writing since you could even write, read all the time, etc, you could STILL never get published. I critique writers all the time in daily life and on this blog but these authors I read are truly masterminds. To be called a writer (New York Times Bestseller), you have truly earned the title! You have story creating down and you know all the tricks to create amazing fans through theory's (like my chapter ending theory) and even have your own tricks up your sleeve's.
Being an's an art. It is way more than just the writing but so many things that you MUST have all of them. I truly don't know what they'll say exactly, but if you asked a New York Times Bestselling author if their job is EVER easy, they will say "NO" only because there are so many authors ou there, so many creative idea's already thought up that you have to create something new in your own way and mKe it a major hit. You have to be in sinc with your audience (my case, young adults), what they want to read, the new fandom etc. It is one tricky business and these people have it all figured out.