Authors: Check Out These 21 Fan Fiction Sites.
Authors: Check Out These 21 Fan Fiction Sites.
Great post, lots of food for thought here!
After reading the rough draft of one of my books, my sister asked me how in the world I could stomach writing the part of my villain? In this case, the villain happened to be human. Yes, that matters. There are different types of villains, but we’ll get to that in a moment. I couldn’t really give her a direct answer. It wasn’t easy. It definitely took a lot out of me. It kind of made me sick to my stomach, but not in a long-lasting kind of way. Just as with any of my other characters, once I was done purging the villain out onto the paper, he was no longer in my system. I didn’t dwell on it – and as crazy as it sounds, my villains come to me just as out of the void, by some cosmic stroke of something, as my protagonists and sub characters…
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Couldn’t have said it better myself!
In a couple weeks the mad frenzy known as NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) will begin. During this month, during these 30 short days, writers are encouraged to write a novel. All I have to say is please don’t.
Now before you start throwing tirades at me saying NaNoWriMo is the most wonderful writing event on earth, keep reading to understand my point.
Writing a Book Takes Time
I would have no issue if NaNoWriMo would just change their name to National First Draft Writing Month. It’s not as catchy, but it establishes a more realistic mind set for the event.
For those with superb time management skills, a first draft is possible within 30 days. You cannot write a “book” in 30 days unless you’re some kind of planning genius, you possess a supernatural writing talent that should be studied by scientists…
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When I was a child, I was always very excited to hear the sound of a handbell, and the cry ‘Rag and Bone! Rag and Bone!’ – I would dash out to the street to pet the Rag and Bone man’s horse, Dolly. For those of you too young to remember, this is what I’m talking about (except our Rag and Bone man was a lot older and wore an old black suit and Dolly was a brown (bay, for those of you who know horsey stuff)
Today, I heard a handbell ringing, and looked out of the window to see a flatbed truck driving slowly up our street, with a little boy running alongside it on the pavement, shouting ‘Rag and Bone! Rag and Bone!’
Call me old-fashioned, but I think I prefer our old Rag and Bone man and Dolly… but it’s nice that some traditions live on, even if they have been updated. Tell me your Rag and Bone man stories!
Interesting blog by Ian Weir about the differences between writing a screenplay and writing a novel:
Ian Weir’s latest novel is Will Starling, out now from Goose Lane Editions. We will be guest editing the Afterword all week.
Various discoveries lie in wait for someone like me, who takes up writing novels after a formative quarter-century as a screenwriter and TV showrunner. Some of them are not really all that surprising, such as the discovery that:
1. There are fewer zeroes involved.
This can be discouraging. But at least the missing zeroes have their positive side, since the general level of remuneration contributes to one of the happiest discoveries…
2. The book world is full of people who actually love books.
And amidst all this idealism, you can remind yourself: if 5,000 people buy your novel, you have written a Canadian best-seller. If 5,000 people watch your TV show, you are taken out and shot.
But a number of the surprises are downright rude. As…
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Two reasons – the first reason being that Alison Jane Reid (formerly of ‘The Times’ and ‘The Lady’) did a fabulous online three-part video interview with one of my favourite actors, John Simm, last year (you can view it here) and she is now about to publish a new, in-depth profile interview with John in the re-launched ‘Ethical Hedonist‘ online magazine at 3pm tomorrow – as we all know, truly in-depth interviews with Mr Simm are as rare as … well, imagine one of the rarest things you can think of. He’s a very private man; so for Alison Jane to have managed that video interview and another in-depth profile piece means that she is something rather special as journalists go.
The second reason is that as a newly-self-published author, I appreciate the effort that goes into promoting your own project – and Alison Jane is working very hard to get backing for her new magazine. She is well-known for her high-profile celebrity interviews (remember the Colin Morgan one?) with interview subjects like Hugh Bonneville, Sam West and of course John Simm – and the promise of more of these to come has to be worth donating at least the price of a cup of coffee!