Categories
Character Craft Focus Novels Ray Bradbury Science Fiction Story Style Success Writing Writing Process

From the Archives – Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.

I was looking back through some of the older posts and I thought that this one was worthy of dusting off. I’ve altered a few little bits to update it, but it is mostly what I originally wrote. I hope you enjoy it. Recently I revisited one of my favourite Ray Bradbury novels in Fahrenheit […]

Categories
Celine Sciamma Character Characters Craft Create Creativity Dialogue Experiment Focus Narrator Plot Point of View Story Structure Style Thinking Writing Process

Lessons from Celine Sciamma’s Writing Process.

This talk by French Screenwriter and Film Maker, Celine Sciamma, has challenged me in two ways. It has challenged my already challenged mind regarding the received ‘this is the way you plot a story’. It has challenged me to think even more deeply about what the focus of my stories are. For Sciamma there is […]

Categories
Character Characters Craft Creativity Dialogue Difficulties Focus Habit Plot Story Structure Style Success Writing Writing Process

Taking a Break.

If you choose to take a break, have you broken your habit? I’ve written just over 63,000 words in the last 7 weeks, with the aim of writing at least 1,000 words a day. I established the habit I wanted of writing a minimum of 1,000 words a day. Then two days ago, I stopped […]

Categories
Character Characters Craft Create Dialogue Difficulties Experiment Films/Tv/Music Novels Plot Point of View Practice Problems Reflection Research Writing Writing Process

Improving Your Character(s)!

It is difficult in these days of movies and tv series not to associate actors with the fictional people they portray. Or is it the other way around? An honest actor will tell you that if the writing is good then they just say the lines. Which is them being very generous. Their art is […]

Categories
Art Book Character Characters Craft Create Creativity Mystery Narrator Plot Ray Bradbury Story Setting Structure Style Success Words Writers Writing Writing Process

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 […]

Categories
Book Books, Articles, Music, and Podcasts Character Commitment Craft Creatives Creativity Difficulties Distraction Excuses Focus French/France Habit Ideas. Language Lee Child Life style Music Novels Podcast Practice Problems Reading Reflection Research Showing Up! Story Story Setting Style Sunday Reflection Thinking Writers Writing Writing Process

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 […]

Categories
Character Characters Lee Child Plot The Saturday Answer Writers Writing Writing Process

Day 455 – The Saturday Answer.

So the Friday Question was . . . . . . Why didn’t you achieve what you planned to during this last week? And my Saturday Answer is . . . . . . Stuff and illness. The latter is pretty straight forward. I netted myself some rogue bug which seems to have effected absolutely […]

Categories
Book Character Characters Craft Create Creatives Creativity Definite Dialogue Focus Habit J.K. Rowling Medium Mystery Novels Point of View Story Story Setting Style Thinking Writers Writing Writing Process

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. […]

Categories
Character Characters Commitment Community Consume Craft Create Creatives Creativity Dialogue Difficulties Experiment Focus Ideas. Input Plot Problems Reading Story Story Setting Structure Style Success Writers Writing Process

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. […]

Categories
Character Characters Craft Create Creatives Creativity Detective/Mystery Experiment Focus Genre George Lucas Ideas. Narrator Plot Point of View Story Story Setting Structure Style Supporting Character Thinking Writers Writing Process

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 […]