Category Archives: Writing

Out in the world (writing)

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Light and stylish!

At the time of writing, I am literally throwing stuff into bags and suitcases, missing it by mere meters, then picking it back up, folding it nicely and wondering why the hell I would be throwing anything into a suitcase. Pack nicely and thou shall be rewarded with nicer clothing and less broken gadgets. I’m heading to Budapest for some rest and relaxation, but hoping to get some writing in (like a few blog posts and other creative outlets). Continue reading Out in the world (writing)

The Problem of the Charge

“See the enemy? It’s that group over there. They are armed with high-powered, long-range weapons, and they are trained to use them. But we know a great secret! The secret of The Charge. Yes, we shall assemble our forces in a large concentrated mass, and charge them head-on! And win!” 

charge_blogpost_darkknightrisesSaid no military commander after World War I (unless in a very specific situation where the enemy is completely unequipped to handle it), however every Hollywood director with a boner for the classic cavalry charge did. And sure, as a shock tactic utilized by a well-trained military force this can still work in real life. But in movies (and some books), it’s still viewed as the great equalizer. The opposition might be stronger, but our hearts and minds will prevail over their physical strength. Sorry… Skill beats will every time. Continue reading The Problem of the Charge

Wanted: Script Sceptic

Sorry for the break between posts. Life seems to be throwing un-catchable curve balls covered in goo and rusty nails these days, but I aim to get a post up every two weeks from now on. Even if the next ball makes me move countries. Who knows…. Here we go:

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Get Everything in  Writing. Seriously.

Hollywood movie makers need to implement a new position in their production team. I would suggest calling it Script Sceptic but BS Manager would be more accurate. We’ve all experienced it. When going to watch the latest blockbuster to come out of the Wood, we accept that some suspension of belief is necessary and acceptable for the experience. It’s OK that the hero can survive some improbable event, that the odds of character A and character B meeting in that city with those people at the time is unlikely, but a properly constructed narrative will keep the suspension active. Continue reading Wanted: Script Sceptic

Three Things a Novel Should Never Do

Nothing throws me off reading a work of fiction than poor writing. Of all the crap you throw at a reader, the following three are probably among the worst literary sins I can imagine.

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Even statues facepalm at bad writing. From Tuileries Gardens, picture from Wikipedia.

Point Number 1: Be Totally Predictable

A novel should never be predictable. Of course, there are genre conventions to be taken into consideration, expectations to certain themes or types of narratives, series of actions and developments that are inevitable or cannot reasonably be changed without serious changes to established reality or continuity. Continue reading Three Things a Novel Should Never Do

Writing Challenges

keep-calm-and-continue-writing-39I recently incorporated a Daily Writing Challenge to boost my creativity and daily output. And yes, I apologize for the lack of posts since Christmas, but personal issues, travel and reevaluating the direction of my life kinda took up a lot of time and energy, so the blog went on the back burner for a while. That while ended today.The concept of a Daily Writing challenge is to try and work with as many aspects of the written word as possible, to gain insight into different perspectives,prose, genre and sub genres, types of narratives, with the purpose of building skill, understanding and enhancing the creative juices. Continue reading Writing Challenges

The Muse Myth

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I recently met someone who considered the idea of being able to write creatively on demand, i.e. without being inspired, at set times or in any (reasonable) location, was somehow wrong. Not only that it is impossible to attain the correct “attitude” or “mindset” to writing, but that creativity is something more esoteric that flows into you when you least expect it. And by now I know, that is simply not the case. There is no real secret to writing. Sure, there is research to be done, structure to be built and writing blocks to be destroyed with giant metal hammers infused with the souls of old typewriters; but the act of creating a work of fiction, an article or a proper blog post comes out of the writer’s knowledge, experience and skill. And you can build those. Continue reading The Muse Myth