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Friday, December 27, 2013

The Third Heaven The Rise of the Fallen Stars by Donovan M. Neal

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The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars
by Donovan M. Neal

Small web versionAuthor Bio:  

Donovan Neal M. S. N. P. has served in the ordained ministry and as an instructor in the Bible for 20 years, and is the author of the self-published book, ‘The Gospel Explained.’ Donovan is also a prolific songwriter and singer having written over 50 different songs of praise and worship for the local church, and has performed in various schools and churches in the Ministry of Christian rap.

He is an Adjunct Professor at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is also a freelance writer for Examiner.com. Donovan has spent his entire 23-year career, helping underprivileged and disempowered populations ranging from abused and neglected children, adults with disabilities, to survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault. He has recently become the executive director of Hospitality House; a food pantry in Walled Lake, Michigan working to end hunger in his community. ​

He has been an experienced trainer in such areas as nonviolent crisis prevention intervention to adult CPR and First Aid with the Red Cross, Working with Different Personalities, and many more. Donovan brings a wealth of experience and interests that has allowed him to write on a host of subjects ranging from gaming, internet/technology, Christian themes, to nonprofit management and leadership.

Author Links

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Guest Post;

The quick and dirty guide on how to develop a character by Donovan M. Neal
Character development is one of the most foundational aspects that a writer must look at in developing their novel. Characters bring the story to life. Characters can be people, animals, even places. If you have read the book Dune by Frank Herbert. The planet Arakkis was a character for which the book was named. If you read his work you remember the fact that it was a desert planet and void of water. Where the giant worm lived the provided the spice that supplied the known galaxy. Dune. The very planet was a character.
  1. What is the characters name?
  2. Does the name have a meaning?
  3. Who named them?
  4. Do they have a nickname?
  5. Give a one-sentence summary of your characters storyline.
  6. What is the characters race/ethnicity?
  7. What is their gender?
  8. Where do they live? What is the climate like?
  9. Do they have an accent, or peculiarities of speech?
  10. Does the character have special powers and or abilities if so what if any limitations do they possess?
  11. What is the characters motivation? What does he/she want abstractly?
  12. What is the characters conflict? What prevents him/her from reaching what they want?
  13. What is the characters epiphany (what will he she learn, how will he/she change?)
  14. Then write out a one-paragraph summary of the characters storyline.
Note that you should do this for each character, and if there is an organization or group within your novel the same should be done for them. What you’re doing here is part of the novel’s world creation. But populating the world is more important than the world itself.
Now that we have the basics down. Or what I call the outline of your character. Let’s add some color to them. By color, I mean we are going to add the personality to them. The temperament of your character. I have found that one of the best ways of figuring this out is with the help of the Myers Briggs temperament indicator. (MBTI) Briefly stated it lists 16 types of personalities. Find the temperament from the indicator which best fits the character you are creating and your going to get a great idea of how they perceive the world and what drives them, what they are afraid of etc. It’s a great resource for any writer. You can find the link here. http://www.myersbriggs.org/my-mbti-personality-type/mbti-basics/
A second great place to find and learn more about character development is http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CharacterDevelopment At this site you can find a variety of different character tropes. It is a cornucopia of resources to help make your characters stand out, and pop. I personally love the old fashioned dungeons and dragons alignment system that helps to establish the moral compass of your character. You can find an example of it here. http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CharacterAlignment Using this you can also identify where your character’s moral compass begins in the story to where you would like them to end. Finally, If you are having trouble naming a character. Type into your favorite search engine the term, “You books genre then then term “name generator” you will then get a list of various sites where you can find customized character names. Find, select and modify one that fits your needs.
I want to thank my host for allowing me the opportunity to share and I wish those aspiring writers out there great success!

 
 
 
 
 
 

Book Genre: Christian Fiction

Publisher: Theoneustos Ministries

Release Date: Oct 8, 2013



098948050X.main.jpgBook Description:

  The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars is book one of a three part series that tells of the fascinating story of the Fall of Lucifer.   Lucifer, God’s perfect creation and who dwelt in his very presence, walked in the midst of the stones of fire. Yet rose up to betray the Lord and bring Heaven itself to civil war.

Many tales have referenced this great angelic war but few have sought to explore the dynamic relationships between God and the angelic hosts. Why did a third of heaven seek to overthrow their creator?   See Lucifer and his actions in a light never before seen. Journey back to the beginning, and see the drama unfold before your eyes: as allegiances are broken; choices made, and why all of creation waits for the manifestation of the sons of God.

The prequel to the Bible is here!

Excerpt: The first 2 chapters can be found on my blog for free

http://donovanmneal.wix.com/donovanmneal



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5 comments:

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    1. Thanks Wendi, I've received some good reviews. People seem to enjoy the story. I hope you take a chance and let me know what you think. I'd love to hear from you!

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  2. I enjoyed the trailer and the guest post. Thank you for sharing! Good luck on your tour.

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