About Sherzahd

Just a simple gal with simple tastes... a 'what you see is what you get' kinda person. I enjoy meeting new people, always up for a chat or a laugh, so feel free to inbox me anytime. I write mostly short stories, as well as a bit of poetry and every piece I write has special meaning to me. Working on getting a supernatural series out soon... fingers crossed that it'll be well received. Please feel free to give me feedback on my work, I really would appreciate that, even if it's constructive criticism. Firm believer in the saying... "You only live once, but if you work it right, once is enough."

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Cape Town, South Africa
A lil bit of this and a pinch of that... just ask if you need to know more...
Favorite Books:
Odd Thomas (entire series) ~ Dean Koontz
The Green Mile ~ Stephen King
To Kill a Mockingbird ~ Harper Lee
The Count of Monte Cristo ~ Alexandre Dumas
I am David ~ Anne Holm
The Lord of the Rings (entire series) ~ JRR Tolkien
The Chronicles of Narnia ~ CS Lewis
A Tale of Two Cities ~ Charles Dickens
Maximum Ride (entire series) ~ James Patterson
And too many more to mention here....
Favorite Authors:
James Patterson,
Dean Koontz,
Stephen King,
JRR Tolkien,
CS Lewis,
George RR Martin,
Roald Dahl,
Khalil Gibran,
Anthony Horowitz
And a host of others I cannot think of right now.
Favorite Movies:
West Side Story,
Ever After,
The Lion King,
August Rush,
The Usual Suspects.
There are more, but those are off the top of my list
Favourite TV Shows:
Don't watch TV
Favorite Music:
Right now I'm going through a K-Pop phase - love everything about it. I love music, so my tastes are vast and varied. It depends on my mood. Basically anything that makes sense to listen to, either a catchy tune or lyrics that speak to me.
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Topic: Writing Help.
Posted: 19 May 2016 04:09

I’m going to post this here instead of sending it in a private mail, just in case it can help any other writers who are writing fantasy. I will send you ideas for the actual prophecy in a private message.

Firstly, prophecies are fun to write and add a bit of mystery, but I would suggest they be avoided unless they are absolutely essential to your story. I’ve also written stories with prophecies (yes, it feels great to write them), but there are also downfalls to adding them to a story.

Prophecies make your stories predictable and being predictable is boring. Not only is it boring, life can’t ever be predicted – my humblest apologies Nostradamus – so they are hardly ever reliable. I know, you’re thinking, But it’s fantasy… , and yes, it is, however no matter what genre you’re writing, a good writer wants to convince their readers that everything they’re reading is true. Yes, you want to be that kind of writer who makes their readers question their own sanity.

And if the story is about a prophecy that actually comes true at the end, it does limit the way you end the story. So basically, your reader already knows how the story starts and ends. But alas, do not fret, that only means you have to deliver a brilliantly written body that leads up to the ‘written in stone’ ending.

That said, if you really need to have a prophecy, there are ways of writing it that can actually make your story stronger.

Personally, I prefer twisted prophecies where either it comes true, but not in the way everyone – including your protagonist – expected. So when writing it, don’t make it sound like an instruction manual, be cryptic. That way you leave enough room to twist your plot around what everyone is expecting to happen. An even better twist would be if the prophecy has either been replaced or changed over time, so that even if your protagonist did fulfil it, everything will come crashing down since they’ve played into the antagonists hands. Something that might be even more interesting would be if the protagonist finds out toward the end of the story that he/she was never the instrument, but that their actions would only lead to the actual instrument being revealed. Interesting and fun, but a lot of hard work. Worth it though…

Something else, leave the prophecy writing until the story is complete. Trust me on this, you will find it easier to write the prophecy around the story you have, rather than writing the story around the prophecy.

Be realistic. Imagine finding out that there’s a prophecy that predicts you will be the saviour of worlds… how would you react? I know what I would do. Everyone knows that saviours have to become martyrs. Right? I would be questioning my own existence. Was I born specifically so I could save others? Noble as it sounds, it is something you need to adjust to. So please do not make your character embrace this new role without question or pause. It’s not realistic. And yet again, it is boring. Let him/her fight against it at first (even though everyone knows you cannot fight against destiny – it’s called a prophecy for a reason). Let him/her question everything and allow a bit of selfishness in, that is after all human nature. There has to be a trigger that makes him/her want to fulfil the prophecy, find that and there is hope your story will not be too predictable.

I won’t go into much detail about the writing of the prophecy, since that does depend on your personal writing style, but here are a few tips.

Like I said, sometimes it’s best to leave the prophecy for last, but that’s really up to you.

Do not make it too wordy. Do not make it sound like a tutorial – adding names and places and everything else that makes it too rigid. Be vague, merely implying bits and pieces here and there.

Write out whatever you want the protagonist to know, bearing in mind that the antagonist will also know what you know. Then go back in and add the mystery by taking out actual names and describing people and places with metaphors or riddles.

Another cool trick is to give a few things obscure meanings so they are left open to misinterpretation. That is one way of not having a predictable ending. So basically, both the reader and the characters might think the prophecy is about one thing, when really it’s about something that could be described in the same way.

Do not let the story begin with all the things in the prophecy already known and clearly understood. Leave some room for new things to come in and amaze your readers, as well as your characters.

No, there is no rule that your prophecy has to rhyme, but it does add a bit of drama. Me, I’m usually too lazy to rhyme anything, but if it’s cryptic enough, it’ll fly without rhyming.

This makes me want to start a story that has a prophecy in it now. I have too many other unfinished stories, but I am very tempted.

And if anyone has anything to add to this thread, please do. It’s always good to share what you know if it can help others improve their writing.

I hope this helps. Happy writing. <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/happy8.gif" alt="happy8">

Topic: Option to hide first lines from view - possible?
Posted: 18 May 2016 18:16

Let me find out from Gav and get back to you.

Topic: Writing Help.
Posted: 16 May 2016 23:44

Hi. Feel free to send me a message, I will try to help where I can.

Topic: Hi I am Roland's wife, Liz
Posted: 01 May 2016 22:05

Hi Liz and welcome to Stories Space. Wonderful to finally have you here. <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/icon_flower.gif" alt="flower">

Topic: I am an author 100
Posted: 11 Mar 2016 01:29

Feel free to read anything I written so far. <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/icon_flower.gif" alt="flower">

the_enchantress's musings

Is this in the right place or no?

Mystical Me

Congrats, Margot. I still have a loooong way to go for that. <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/icon_flower.gif" alt="flower">

Topic: Do You Ever Suffer From 'Story Fatigue'?
Posted: 10 Mar 2016 03:41

I get that all the time. I have two major unfinished series that I've been trying to finish for years now. I have no idea how to fix it, but I would suggest you take a break from it and work on something short and fun, then get back to it again. Let me know if it works, I seriously need to finish mine as well. <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/evil6.gif" alt="evil4">

Topic: Cool beans...I now have a poem in Vietnamese...
Posted: 09 Mar 2016 04:45

Cool beans...somebody translated one of my poems into Vietnamese, and they didn't just use Google Translate either, I just figured out...so it is an actual translation...anyone here speak Vietnamese by any chance? Just curious how they did, though they did take the time to translate it, so it can't be all bad...

Paris Will Never Be The Same

And yes, I realize it was posted three years ago, and the first I've seen it was tonight...and yes, I will never understand Google searches either...<img src="/forum/images/emoticons/dontknow.gif" alt="dontknow">

http://upload.storiesspace.com/730521893-Paris Will Never Be The Same (Vietnamese Translation).jpg

That really is cool... and sorry, can't help you with Vietnamese, but feel free to ask me if anyone translates any of your work into Afrikaans, Korean or Japanese. :)

Topic: Question about when the next writing competition
Posted: 09 Mar 2016 03:21

I would like to see a competition along the lines of having to incorporate certain random words and phrases into the narrative. Now that's a challenge!

We've actually had competitions in the past that had prompts - 'New Beginnings', 'A Picture Worth a Thousand Words' and 'Stories Space Drabble'. <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/icon_smile.gif" alt="icon_smile">

Topic: Question about when the next writing competition
Posted: 08 Mar 2016 23:03

Patience my sweet children... Just a wee bit more patience... <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/happy8.gif" alt="happy8">

I know one just past but when can we expect another one to come around?

Patience my sweet children... we're working on it... <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/happy8.gif" alt="happy8">

I feel like a child when you do that. That is too funny <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/icon_geek.gif" alt="geek">

I shall sit in the corner and wait. <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/angel7.gif" alt="angel7">

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Topic: Question about when the next writing competition
Posted: 07 Mar 2016 22:33

Patience my sweet children... Just a wee bit more patience... <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/happy8.gif" alt="happy8">

I know one just past but when can we expect another one to come around?

Patience my sweet children... we're working on it... <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/happy8.gif" alt="happy8">

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Black Chronicles Character Interview

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The Darkest Night - Part Four

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The Darkest Night - Part Three

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Hope you're doing well over here, and found a reason to smile today...

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Dear friend,
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"Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." — Martin Luther King Jr.

A Testament of Hope . . . Sleeping Angel. — Nadejda Sokolova
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As a flower blooms into a beautiful creation it also begins to withers from fate.
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