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Why You Should Never Write Action Scenes

While this article is about script writing, the basics still apply to novels. In particular, no risk = no emotional stakes.

Go and check out the whole thing on John Rogers blog. Link


I try to avoid politics, politics is that dirty topic that shatters friendships and transforms parties into arguments. Not today however, the status of politics in Australia is almost universally understood across all voters and what they agree on is encapsulated perfectly by this short clip.


Okay NaNo WriMo

damn bookThere comes a time in every writers life when they sit back and think “get a damned book published already”. For me that time is now.

Given that it has never been easier to self publish, that traditional publishing is more likely to smile favourably upon someone with a bit of a following, it really is an ideal time. Chicken or the egg, do you start with what you think is a polished gem, praying to your deity of choice that a traditional published will pick it up? Do you do it all yourself, get to know the business of publishing as well as the art of writing, and polish as you build your world (and hopefully fan-base).


First things first though, write the damn book. That’s where NaNo comes in. Sit down for a month, give yourself permission to spew forth literary garbage onto the page and write. You’ve only got to write 50,000 words, that half a book before editing out the contradictions and adverbs. Don’t edit, that’s not what nano is for, just write. When you’re done you’ll be halfway there, half of the raw clay you can come back and shape into your masterpiece. Then take a break, work on something else, before coming back to write the other half. Then, and only then, do we edit.

Scrivener? Check!

Time-out reading material (in an unrelated genre)? Check!

Supply of Chocolate and/or pastry? Check!

Lets begin!

100,000 words should make a light and lean 75,000 to 80,000 word book once you’ve done five or so editing passes across it. Not a bad size for an Urban Fantasy / Modern Fantasy work.

We’ll get to editing later; as long as I’m not sitting in a corner sobbing, looking at my empty screen and eating these words.