So, You Want to Talk like a Pirate....
The real terms – not those cheesy one-lines from the children’s books or films. You may be here because you want to know what a real sea rover spoke like in the mid-18th century.
Well, thanks to my (not so) healthy fascination in the counter-culture that took the Caribbean by storm during the Spanish War, I have just the list. This was the golden age, where the banishment of sovereign authority was at its all-time high in the colonies. In some legends, we see piracy as a resistance, that under certain leadership, favored no race or social class, just how well you can handle a sword and the sea. If that sort of lifestyle doesn’t peak your appetite for literary adventure, then why not start with how they spoke?
In honor of International #TalkLikeAPirateDay, here’s a list of some of my favorite pirate terms to coin during your next conversation:
You’ve envisioned a scene. Well… most of a scene. You may have a bit of the action down, or perhaps the heated dialogue figured out.
Though, every time you face the ink and paper (or computer screen) you find yourself hitting a brick wall. These are all symptoms of having a half-fleshed out scene for your fiction story.
I get it, because I would find myself suffering from the self-inflicted writer’s hardship on the daily. We’ve talked about how there are several ways to approach a written fiction. Many writers typically lean towards being a architect or gardener.
The architect heavily focuses on planning and outlining a story before diving into the writing portion. They go in already knowing each tent-pole scene, each character’s driving desire, and the relationship dynamics across their whole cast.
Meanwhile, the gardener stands on a grand idea and explores the story throughout the whole writing process. Often times, this is how an endearing character quirk or mind-blowing plot twist is conceived. Though, the gardener will also have to consider weeding out a lot of literary bells and whistles during the editing process.
Although there is no rule-book on how to approach writing a story, a great writer may find himself/herself well-armed by both schools of thought.
Top 7 Pirate Flags & The Tales of Their Captains
In celebration of this week's #InternationalFlagDay, I thought it appropriate to share a bit of insight to my favorite classic lore -- historical renowned pirates.
I’ve always loved history of the first buccaneers and pirate-turned privateers because the nature of their notoriety was oft based on legend, mystery and hearsay. Back then, it was common for a pirate to create a fear-mongering reputation across the high seas, because the intent was always to be able to capture a ship without a fight.
While there are a few notable battles that truly took place (we’ll go over a few), many pirates were not the disciplined sea rovers that famous fictions portray them as today. It was more common for a pirate to be inexperienced in battle, or fear the wrath of the tempestuous sea because he wouldn’t know how to swim.
The pirate flag was the first way to communicate a crew’s intent to a prey ship. Striking the colors of a nation’s flag, be it Spanish, English, French or Dutch was a typical tactic in luring prey ship into believing they were in safe and familiar company.
Designing a unique, fictitious individual can be daunting. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of how-to writing guides for the aspiring fiction storyteller. Still, all of the hours spent researching how to create a strong fiction character will only promise one learned conclusion at the end of the day: there is no right or wrong way of doing it. That in itself can be frustrating for the "architect"-type writer.
Detailed character interviews can be arduous and tedious. This idea is purposed to design the skeleton of a character, then give them a will and moral code.
From there, the character should stand on his/her own and will lead you to who they are meant to be all on your own.
Taking a page from Jedi tradition, it is the balance of both sides that create harmony, so in practice, wouldn't a writer that is strong with the force be able to tread confidently between the two? I know. It's easier said than done. I've poured through many how-to books and guides myself, trying to find the secret answer in how to write a strong character arc.
From charts to arcs, and a number of character interviews you wouldn't believe, I've been able to simplify the process by breaking down my plot-driving characters in four straight-forward, yet strategic questions. Answering these core questions give you the inspiration jumpstart for filling the blanks within individual arcs while giving yourself a bird's eye view to start shaping the overall story arc.
Some say you must work on characters before plot; others prefer the opposite. But you? You're a Jedi master, so you hone in on both.
As I go through each question, I will be using a personal favorite character for illustration. Gil Pender from Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris. If you haven't seen the film, it's alright! You'll get to know Gil as we walk through each point.
Just in time for the holidays, I'm thrilled to announce that I've updated the Dramatic Pause Redbubble storefront with a couple more designs and poems. The new pieces included: Feathered Rover, Weigh Anchor, an Stormy Lover.
These designs are to be added to the existing collection of designs,
Stay Inspired and Pale Moon.
These poems are written for the hopeless romantic with the whimsical, wandering spirit. Heavily inspired by nautical and seaside themes, these poetic pieces make for a great gift for a dear friend or your dearly beloved over the holidays. Products range from poster prints, tapestries, tablet cases and clocks to tote bags, scarves, journals and duvets.
To visit the full Dramatic Pause storefront, click here!
The Sound of the Seas
While writing for my characters and chapters in any of my fiction projects, I always look for an opportunity to create a musical mind-space for specific scenes or character moods.
It has always served as a great source of idea generation and general scene inspiration, while giving my readers a sneak-peek insight for the mood of the story.
Since this particular project follows the path of multiple leading characters, I thought a music playlist would be a great way at introducing them both individually and collectively.
History & Lore
How To Life
Letters From Elysium
Notes From Nassau
The Black Tide Chronicles