Mr. Zap Chapter 4: Not Dead Yet!

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By Alberto Pupo

So death did not come not yet at least. I am alive. However, I am feeling somewhat wet and utterly humiliated. There is just something terrifying in facing the end of your very existence that makes the bladder pop with excitement (and not the good kind). Continue reading “Mr. Zap Chapter 4: Not Dead Yet!”

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Mr. Zap Chapter 3: This is a Huge Mistake

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By Alberto Pupo

He has been locked away in the bathroom stall crying for hours. I have tried every known trick in the book and some that are outside the usual standard operating procedure. I have promised him gold, power, drugs, girls… Nothing works. He refuses to come out. Continue reading “Mr. Zap Chapter 3: This is a Huge Mistake”

Mr. Zap: Chapter 2: The Damn Tribunal

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By Alberto Pupo

They scream and shout, obscenities some so hold that I forgot what they even mean. They call me irresponsible; they call me an idiot. This is the judgment of The Tribunal. Andross meanwhile stands by with that deer in the headlight look, trying desperately to defend himself but all he can see is a large room, with angry gigantic looking monsters staring down at his frail mortal body. I am proud of the boy though he did not cry despite the incredible charges leveled against him and being called every name under the sun. I, on the other hand, had just about had it with this display of bravado. Continue reading “Mr. Zap: Chapter 2: The Damn Tribunal”

Mr. Zap: Chapter 1: Andross The Man!

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By Alberto Pupo

He almost runs square into me, but thankfully slows down. Andross is a klutz. I suddenly feel ill as the fate of a Multiverse rest on the shoulders of a bumbling fool. His eyes are red, and nearly glazed over. He has the dopiest look on his face I can almost punch him, and then languidly and deliberately, it speaks to me in a voice that resembles a cross between Tommy Chong and Shaggy of pop culture acclaim. Continue reading “Mr. Zap: Chapter 1: Andross The Man!”

A Word from our Sponsor

Hello everyone. So this is would be the prologue to a project I was working on. Called Mr. Zap! A Tale of the Multiverse. However, as I wrote it I ran out of steam but have decided to serialize what I had so far from this story to share with readers out there.  I will be releasing the other chapters on this blog so be sure to check them out! Thanks!

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By Alberto Pupo

In the middle of the action. This is where the story begins. A young man is running for his life. Ahead of him the future. Behind him certain death. He has no name. He has no goals. He just simply wants to exist. However, this young man has done something terrible. Something horrible. Something completely out of hand. However, if you were to Continue reading “A Word from our Sponsor”

How Emotions Impact Writing

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By Alberto Pupo

When writing one needs to be in the perfect frame of mind. Personal mood can dictate the content created at times. Feeling particularly angry, then prepare to have stories which display characters going through turbulent angry times. Feeling in love? Then prepare for sappy, syrupy dialogue which takes one to a different level of. Is it true does mood truly affect writing? Well maybe… Continue reading “How Emotions Impact Writing”

Ideas, Ideas, too many Ideas!

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By Alberto Pupo

So you sit down to write a book, the story is going well, the plot-line is getting compelling, and then something odd happens… A new idea enters the mind, suddenly the story does not seem as compelling the characters are a little flat, and all you can think about is this grand new adventure series featuring insane wizards and sarcastic dragons (ok, not really but you get it). Remaining on topic is very difficult for an author. It does not matter if you are a revered master or a novice who started writing yesterday we authors have a tendency to shift around and change our minds when we think that the grass may be greener on the other side.

When you are dealing with fictional worlds of your creation, there is a tendency to move between worlds sometimes there moments when everything may be going well, and then a new idea takes you in a different direction so what can be done to avoid this phenomenon and see a story till the end?

1. Stay focused on an end goal- If you develop the ending to the story from the very beginning, you have a clear finish line in mind. This means that everything else is merely filling in the blanks.

2. Throw in a plot twist.- If the direction of a certain tale is getting a little stale, just twist it up a bit. This will revitalize your writing and add a new level of excitement maybe a new character? A sudden character death? Anything that will give you a fresh perspective.

If none of these things work, then you may have to shelve the idea and get back to it later. There is no shame in doing this, some ideas and stories are stronger than others, however, do not ever completely do away and trash an idea as you never know when it can be used again in the future.

Authors how do you deal with this issue?