Writing A Character Series.

Check out this excellent Guardian newspaper article interviewing a host of essential authors writing in the detective genre. Lee Child, Ian Rankin, Michael Connelly, Val McDermaid, Ann Cleeves, and others talk about how they came to write their series and the impact of doing so. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jun/27/me-and-my-detective-by-lee-child-attica-locke-sara-paretsky-jo-nesb-and-more

To Know Your Story or To Not Know Your Story – That Is My Question?

Usually I would advise you to read this article before you continue with my thoughts, but not today. There is enough in Ken Miyamoto's excellent article to keep you going for days! I've been researching movie/play scripts for a little while now. There are many ways in which novels and movies differ, but what I… Continue reading To Know Your Story or To Not Know Your Story – That Is My Question?

Day 466 – Creative Like Bill Belichick, Pt.1.

I'm not trying to alienate anyone here by mentioning the New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick. I understand that the franchise and the coach are like Marmite - you love them or you hate them. For full disclosure I am a San Francisco 49ers fan, but as a sports coach you have got to… Continue reading Day 466 – Creative Like Bill Belichick, Pt.1.

Day 465 – Revisiting Ray Bradbury’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’.

If you have read any of my other posts then you already know that I am a fan of Podcasts and Audiobooks. Today, I revisited one of my favourite Ray Bradbury novels in F451, with a great audio version narrated by Tim Robbins. One of the many things which struck me this time around was… Continue reading Day 465 – Revisiting Ray Bradbury’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’.

Day 463 – Sunday Reflection.

I've been busy revamping my study. Basically, I've got rid of more stuff I had forgotten I even had, or had kept because it might be useful at some point. I decided that some point had been reached and that the stuff wasn't useful after all. A family desk taken by my eldest son, freed… Continue reading Day 463 – Sunday Reflection.

Day 444 – A Sense of Place.

I've been listening to a BBC Radio documentary on The Pennine Way. It is a national trail which runs for 268 miles through England and up into Scotland, and the hills over which it runs is often called the 'backbone' of England. The documentary describes the places and the people along it, the music, songs,… Continue reading Day 444 – A Sense of Place.

Day 443 – Embracing the Void.

I've just read a great article by Gwenna Laithland advising writers to use 'white noise'. Basically, white noise is the void - the bits you leave out which the reader then projects their own thoughts and imagination onto. Laithland uses the example of a Harry Potter stage show casting Hermione Grainger with a black actress.… Continue reading Day 443 – Embracing the Void.

Day 438 – To TV or Not To TV, That Is The Question.

One piece of writing advice is to destroy your tv. You're a writer of books, so read 'em and write 'em. TV was invented to distract you and allow advertising to sell you stuff. So that should be enough for why not to TV. So Why to TV? Plot and Characters in a story arc.… Continue reading Day 438 – To TV or Not To TV, That Is The Question.

Day 437 – What You Know.

There is an old writing adage which exhorts you to write what you know. Sound advice. If you have never been a police officer, or investigated a murder, then you might want to avoid crime novels. Yet plenty of writers 'do' crime. Why? Possibly because they want to murder someone and they've really thought hard… Continue reading Day 437 – What You Know.

Day 432 – Dark-side of the Moon.

This isn't an inspired by Pink Floyd post - not that I have anything against the band. The anniversary of the lunar landings let people know what was on the side we all can gaze out of our windows and see. Sure, it took a lot of effort to get there, but very quickly we… Continue reading Day 432 – Dark-side of the Moon.