Sharing my winning piece for @emmathewriter's caption contest. 🌹💀 I just couldn't help myself when I saw the epic pirate scene (big surprise).
Many thanks for the love! Check out her page for writing tips, inspo, and more contests! She's building a pretty great community for creative writers. 💕
#FunFact: Did you know that some pirate captains included in their code that married men were not allowed to serve on their ship because of the conflict of loyalties when caught in a life threatening event.
I think the idea of forbidden love in an already forbidden culture at sea can frankly be romantic af. What are your thoughts? Can one be loyal to both love and sea? 💕🌊
Move over, Bonnie and Clyde -- Today, I'm musing over two of my most beloved sea rovers from the #GoldenAge of piracy (early 1700's) -- 'Calico' Jack #Rackham and his beloved Anne #Bonny.
He was charismatic and clever, and she was fierce and unbreakable. Their flag design transcended time as they were notoriously remembered as one of the few crews to have a female #pirate leading the men into battle.
As I write their #characters into my stories, I can't help but feel that I'm falling in love all over again.
Have you ever read through an incredible scene or an epic reveal in a story that leaves you sitting there stunned and confused for a moment, quietly asking yourself: “how?”
I have lost count of the number of times George R.R. Martin left perplexed by the mastery of his character arcs.
Because, when it is all said and done, writing a story where absolutely every character holds a valuable stake to a bigger conflict is always easier said and done.
As a writer, I find myself often at fault for falling in love with a character, leaving another rather two-dimensional when placed in comparison to the other.
I also find myself getting lost in a big picture that I’ve envisioned. I know a bit of Thorne’s back story, and how it ties with Reaver, and I know how they will interact Jack and Anne, but how will they cross paths?
Even with a journal, I find myself frantically flipping through pages to find one bit of information to tie along with another.
Leave a comment below if you think this would make for a decent shirt design (conceptually of course) for my first #TheBlackTideChronicles giveaway on the horizon!
Introducing a list of the #pirate captains my tales will be following.
Which one are you most excited to meet?
#dmpaulsen #dramaticpause #dporiginal
As a fiction storyteller, I have found that inspiration often comes in waves. And if this analogy were true, then I have been hit by a storm.
The deeper I delve into the history and lore, the more I find myself unearthing creative ideas for the episodic short story series I am developing to be titled The Black Tide Chronicles.
Albeit, some may be missing limbs, yet all of my characters seem to be standing well on their own.
This has given me a solid foundation to start looking at the bigger picture and seeing how I want to have my fictional characters face real historical figures and events.
I've been inspired by pirate lore as of late.
Consider this a teaser to something special coming soon, brought by yours truly!
I think this upcoming short story series will do me good in storming character ideas and conflict for the other worlds I am working on. As eager as I am to tell the story of Elysium-- I feel as though I must first get my sea legs in character creation and conflict plotting. Most importantly, I will finally be able to go beyond my daily freeform poetry to share some of the worlds and characters I have created.
Friends, I will be candid with you. True to my stubborn nature, I ignored all warnings of the difficulty in pulling off a dual protagonist novel-- especially if said novel would be the first I were to publish.
After spending much time trying to figure the flaws and and backstory for Ellie and Jacksen, I realized that perhaps I needed to step back.
Elysium (albeit, perhaps a working title) has been my baby for the past 2 years. Alright-- I know some of you are thinking it, so I'll even link the video for you: