S.B. Santiago

I'm from the United States! I lived in Germany for three years. I'm married and I have three awesome daughters. My girls are the reason I write, talk, and breathe! Life is full of crazy moments, but don't let the crazy moments determine your future! I'm also an author, I write under the name S.B. Santiago!

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  • S.B. Santiago

    The Truth

    When I first started writing I did all sorts of things. I thought they were right, because everyone told me how much they loved my writing. I soon found out that feeding the ego does nothing for the upcoming writer. I believe that you do more good by telling the truth rather than letting the soon to be author fester in lies. So here are some tips that I hope you all take down.

    #1. Make sure your that "POV" Point of View is understandable at all times.
    Shifting in and out of POV can be a little dangerous because it can bring the reader out of the story if it isn't done correctly.

    #2. Make sure your characters seem real. Don't treat them like they are made up. Become them. There have been times in the past, that I would crawl around on the floor trying to get into character. I would walk outside in the dark trying to see and hear the sounds that my character would notice. Character development is important. You want readers to feel invested in your character. If a character falls flat from the start; a reader might put the book down. So think about the character. You will find different levels of toleration when it comes to description. Some readers want a lot of it, while others don't! It's up to you when it comes to how you want to describe your vision. I try to bring people in by mentioning smells, and colors in most cases. I don't think I have put very much description in Normandy Boarding School at this point. I like to go back and add things after I hit a certain area.

    #3. Make sure you understand basic rules dealing with capitalization and punctuation. We will always hear different rules when it comes to the mighty comma.If you don't pause every other word when you are talking, then you don't need to write that way either. Make sure, it sounds realistic.

    #4. Think about the pacing. I have a review right now on The Alien Recruitment that talks about my pacing. Sometimes we can't wait to get to the good stuff. However, we have to think about the pacing. Honestly, all books must end. I can't help the fact that the story comes to an end, and you can't either. The author knows how the story looks in their head. You have to be true to who you are.

    #5. Be true to yourself. Write what you love! Write what you feel passionate about. Never give up, and get to know the thesaurus/dictionary. Trust me these books will be your best friend until the end.

    If you do these things, you have the potential to become a good author.
  • S.B. Santiago

    Nice To Meet You

    Well, I'm supposed to be working on part two of The Alien Recruitment right now. However, bullying is such an issue that I decided to put it off until I finish this project. This will not be my first story on bullying. I'm the author of Blend In Harpy Hill which happens to be about bullying as well. Bullying is such an issue right now. It seems like we hear about children killing their selves every week because of a bullying incident. It's sad, and I will do anything that I can to help stop it. I think people forget that we aren't all the same. When I was growing up bullying was an issue, but at the end of the day we got a break from it. This new generation deals with it a lot more than we did. I love the fact that we have so many modern tools, but it has caused so many problems. At the end of the day we can all do something to help stop this problem.
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