Daniel Swenson’s debut novel, "The Shadow Above The Flames," was released by Immortal Works in 2017 and his a short story ‘Tremors within the storm’ appears in the Valcoria Awakenings Anthology.
Daniel is also the creator and one of the host Dungeon Crawlers Radio. Dungeon Crawlers started in 2008 and was a Hugo Award Finalist in 2015. Dungeon Crawlers Radio is an exciting geek podcast that focuses on gaming, comics, fantasy & Sci-fi Books, and many other aspects of the world of geek.
Find him at:
Facebook - @DanielSwenson77
Twitter - @DanielSwenson77
In this World Building Workshop when all is said and done at thee end of this course, you and the others in the class will have created a believable and compelling world that readers will want to get lost in again and again.
DANIEL'S WRITING TIP
As a writer, words are your fuel; and what better way to master words than reading itself. If you want to write, you need to read — and read, and read, and read! Read everything you can get your hands on. Classic literature. Fiction. Non-Fiction. EBooks. Magazines, and so on...
Examine the writing style of each book with a critical eye and observe how the author conveys their thoughts and emotions. Every book has a lesson for you if you're willing to pay attention. Don't limit your reading to a particular genre. Read different books to gain fresh perspective.
As your reading ask yourself if the author was able to make you as the readers feel something? If they have then they have done their job. Readers can fear and feel motivated and be excited and feel grief. They can smile and sob, shiver and rage. All from reading the story unfolding before them. Take note of what the author is doing as your read and try to mimic that in your own writing, but with your unique twist.
Aside from reading, observation is the most critical part of becoming a writer. Don’t ignore the vast, captive population at your disposal. Every day you go to school, you’re entering a grand arena where our deepest hopes, fears and passions are played out. Watch how people walk into a class room. How do they walk? Who do they talk to, who do they ignore? Each day at school affords you a thousand opportunities for observation necessary to write well. Take mental notes. And keep a notebook. This can be handheld or virtual, moleskin, word file or app.
And remember that Writing is a daunting process. There are many ups and downs. Every day is a new challenge. There are times when you will find yourself judging your writing and questioning your abilities. There's nothing wrong with doubting yourself. You are human, therefore you doubt. The problem really arises when doubt overwhelms you and starts holding you back.
That's where self-belief comes into play. If you are going to go through, you have to trust your gut and keep believing in yourself. You have to plant this motto in the deepest chamber of your mind: I will never quit!