March 27, 2017

7 steps to creativity.

When you think of a great writer or artist there are two types people to think about. Firstly, the great person that produced one piece of art or literature that touched them deeply, secondly people think about the great person that produced many great works, so much so that they created a whole genre or dominated a genre that their name become so well known that they became the genre. How did they do it? They had creativity and industry. I know creative types hate the concept of industry, citing that it kills creativity. I say that’s wrong. Creativity should fuel industry and here is why. 1) Creativity needs inspiration. Good artists and writers need inspiration. Everyone knows that, but you don’t need to look far for inspiration. Inspiration hides under rocks and on people, in movies and other books. For me, I see inspiration for […]
March 18, 2017

Level 3 stories

I have talked about stories that run over the length of many books, and even stories that have run over just one book, but what about characters that only get a tiny mention? Characters that only appear because all your other characters are doing other things, like being heroic. These characters can have their own backstories, hopes, dreams and ambitions. They play only a small part in the story that you are telling, but that doesn’t mean that they should be cardboard cut-outs. I know you don’t want to give too much attention to these characters because it could detract from the main characters and the story. These characters should have stories and have their own motivations. It doesn’t have to be greatly fleshed out with its own book, but don’t chop your own legs off by surrounding your main characters with plastic or […]
March 11, 2017

Stories real and bizzare

Stories have the potential to change the way in which we see the world. I came across a story in my news feed, Found here, that captured my imagination and was a pleasure to read.  The story tells of a beggar in England in the early 1800’s that told a fanciful story of a woman that said she was a foreigner from the Island of Javasu. Her story was found out but the her true story affected some of the listeners to the point that they helped her. It shows that while a made up story requires great details and lots of practice before they are told. Having the very best story is great but if you can’t keep the details straight people will see through it and call you on it. Things are a little different today with authors and the telling of their stories, […]
February 18, 2017

Changing plans, a story on Editing

Every single writer that I have spoken to, does not speak about the editing process with any sort of relish. They all enjoy the writing process and the creating process but none I have spoken to have said that they enjoy the editing process. All writers know that the editing process is important. For me I would say that editing is about 70% of the production process. All writers know that we need editors and the editing process. I would be a bad author if I just published the first draft of my book and said it was complete. Everyone who would read my work would send me hate filled messages about having to wade through sticky sentences, poor grammar and even worse punctuation – that is just the things I am willing to tell you about. While creating ‘The Bloodwood Curse’, I […]