Tuesday, April 2, 2013

B Is For Bodies...

Got your attention, didn't I? Yes, yes I did.

But the Bodies I am speaking of today are actually Bodies of water and Body counts.

Before we get started though, here is a question I had when building my world:

What is the difference between an ocean and a sea?

Answer: "Many people use the terms "ocean" and "sea" interchangeably when speaking about the ocean, but there is a difference between the two terms when speaking of geography (the study of the Earth's surface).

Seas are smaller than oceans and are usually located where the land and ocean meet. Typically, seas are partially enclosed by land"

I had no idea when I first started building my world and throwing in a continent here, an island there. So I had to make sure I correctly named the oceans and seas. Your readers, if they know the difference, will look. Trust me.

And body counts... what do I mean by that?

Well, as writers, we tend to fall in love with our characters and wish them no harm. Some writers will create what I call "Cannon Fodder Characters". These are characters created specifically to kill.

While having a few of these CFC's is okay, don't just run your characters through some heavy stuff and expect them to come out at the end all shiny and new like they're still in the package. People gotta die!

So make sure you keep a good body count if you are writing stories that involve war or assassins.

C you tomorrow! (Ha! I know. I'm a dork.)


Jenny said...

Great choices for B today! You're right--characters that face peril should suffer the consequences. Readers expect nothing less. Have fun with A to Z!

Jenny at Choice City Native

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

There's definitely a body count in all three of my books. Two deal with war, so someone has to die!

randi lee said...

Body counts on this end, too. Great post!!

Kristin said...

Learn something new everyday. I didn't know the difference between the sea and the ocean. Now that I think about it though, the bodies of water that have "sea" in their names are smaller and more enclosed.

T. Powell Coltrin said...

Definitely need to keep track of the bodies. :)

klahanie said...

Hey Mel,

This was great. And "B"fore I go, just let you know I will "C" U tomorrow! Aha!

Gary :)

Tony Laplume said...

I tend to kill lots of characters when I write. I nobly call it Shakespearean.

Mel Chesley said...

@ Jenny ~ Thanks! And thanks for dropping by. :)

@ Kristin ~ Yep, I had to go look it all up when I started mapping out my world.

@ Gary ~ Ha! Good one. :D

@ Tony ~ Well, then I am definitely Shakespearean as well. ;)

Mark Means said...

I had no clue as to the difference between 'seas' and 'oceans'...but I do now..thanks :)

Allison said...

I never knew there was a difference between ocean and sea! Thanks for the education.

Allison (Geek Banter)

Unknown said...

Huh; I didn't know there was an actual difference between ocean and sea. Consider me schooled :)

Jamie @ Mithril Wisdom

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

I must confess I didn't know that about oceans and seas.

Anonymous said...

haha you made me laugh there.
I'm new to fiction so am enjoying learning all these tips of the trade.
Looking forward to more :)

Mel Chesley said...

I had no idea either, when I started. But because of that and the fact that I knew there had to be a difference, it sparked me to look it up before proceeding with my world.

J Lenni Dorner said...

Stopping by from the #atozchallenge !

Fun read! Happy sailing on the 7 seas.