One of My Writing Quirks by Alexander Hernandez – Guest Post and Giveaway


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One of My Writing Quirks
Greetings, I truly appreciate the time you took to host me on your site. Today I’d love to talk about a funny, or maybe strange, habit I have when writing. Some people might find this quirk a little weird or perhaps even useful if they give it a try.

In order for me to really get into a scene, I actually have to be there. What I mean is that I don’t just sit in the chair and imagine the setting and characters while staring at the computer screen. I get up, walk around, visualize, and even gesture.

My imagination is extremely vivid, so visualizing a scene comes easy for me. The room I work in turns into a forest, a dirt street in a village, a cave, etc. I’ll walk around a bit and imagine details of the forest or village, everything from dew on leaves to a splintered wood barrel against a dry goods shop.

Once the scene is set, I insert the characters and will gesture and position myself to what action is required. If there is a fight, then I will motion a certain way to mimic weapon-wielding or spell casting. If the scene is just a conversation, are the characters leaning against a wall, holding something, sitting, or perhaps looking into the sky? I will do those things to capture details and incorporate that into my writing.

Some of this may sound silly, but you’d be amazed at how these actions really translate into your writing and boost passion for what you want a reader to experience. Since you are literally absorbed in the scene, describing things and characters becomes so much easier and realistic. It may also help a writer to get to know their characters more. You start to visualize the characters’ individual quirks. Arms crossing, feet tapping, nail chewing, hair twirling…all of these details will emerge and give your creations more life.

Getting out of the chair is also refreshing if you’ve been sitting or a long time or are stuck with a certain paragraph. You get a good jolt for your writing when you get up and pretend you are the character kneeling, eating, or shoving his/her way through a crowd.

Give these things a try. You might find the tactic useful, or maybe embarrassing if someone walks in on you while you’re waving your arms around!

The holy artifact bonded around Marisylia Malludar’s neck gives her incredible physical and magical powers—at a price. The bloody piece of vein is consuming Marisylia’s body inch by inch, her skeletal hands and feet only the beginning of a slow death. A cruel sorceress and her assassins are on the hunt for Marisylia to steal the artifact. Religious fanatics, volatile and unstable in their blind faith, also seek her to exploit the vein’s most dangerous purpose—liberating the erratic Creator of the World, Lysielle, from her 1,000 year incarceration.

With the vein the key to Lysielle’s freedom, Marisylia must use her abilities to survive long enough to find Lysielle first. Then her most grim challenge awaits—deciding if the Creator has truly repented for attempting to destroy all life. To achieve global peace, Marisylia must discover faith in the unpredictable Lysielle or rely on her own instincts to set the world’s fate.

Enjoy an excerpt:

In a secret chamber deep in the bowels of her fortress, Synicia paced the length of the stone room, the vein dangling in her fingers. For the past hour she had been trying to think of a new experiment to obtain its power. Floating overhead, a conjured sphere of light painted her moving shadow on the cracked, dusty wall. Her high-heels clicked on the flat rock tile, the long dress rustled with every pass around the area.

Holding the vein aloft and using various incantations had produced nothing. She then tried to pierce it to release some of the blood for a potion, but that method only resulted in broken knives. Trying to tear the vein with magic proved futile as well. The shard of earth had ripped the thing from Anessil’s body, but the weapon turned to dust the instant Synicia removed the vein from its tip.

What could she try next? She had to have this power. Fantasies of increasing her status and conquering more lands swam in her head. Synicia had no idea who Anessil was, nor did she care; she only desired the woman’s level of skill and strength. But the stupid vein taunted her. It laughed at her misfortune. It teased of unimaginable might she would never have.

Synicia cried out in rage and threw the vein against the wall. It hit with the sound of a wet plop and lay on the floor. Throwing herself on the ground, she scooped up the vein and shoved it into her mouth. Fighting off nausea and dry heaves, she swallowed the thing and sat still, waiting for something miraculous to occur.

About the Author:

Alexander Fernandez was born in Santa Monica, CA and grew up in Rancho Cucamonga. Currently serving over 20 years in the United States Air Force, he lives with his wife Helem in Rocklin, CA.

Alex has been writing fantasy stories since early childhood for both school and for pleasure. He hopes to make a lasting emotional impact in his readers. He thrives in the exhilaration of creating memorable characters and adventures that become a part of the reader’s life.

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  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. A very beautiful cover!

  3. Absolutely awesome excerpt. I really am fascinated by this story.

  4. Much thanks to Long and Short Reviews for hosting today. Have a great week!

  5. Rita Wray says:

    I enjoyed the author post.

  6. Danielle says:

    Great Excerpt, thank you for the giveaway!

  7. Angelica M. says:

    The excerpt! 🙂 I’m loving that book.

  8. Alexandra Könczöl says:

    Beautiful cover!

  9. Nikolina says:

    Loved reading the guest post!

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