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Go left. Go right. Be this. Be that. Write this. Write that.

In The Art of Writing on 23/03/2014 at 15:26

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I want to be a writer


what do I write?

what type of genre?

fiction or what?

books? screenplays? poetry?

Hello again chosen ones! Have you chosen the right keyboard keys for the next phase of your life? Well… it’s your decision.

For as long as you can remember, you’ve wanted to write. Then when the time came you were faced with what some call ‘that blank page of doom’. Do you know how many films have been made from this moment? How many novels have been written? How many radio plays?Well, neither do I. But for some writers that introduction has caused unforgettable pain. The blank page.

But not for us, right. We are made of much sterner stuff. Ok, now what sort of things will go through your mind when you first meet the blanc one? Well, I think that very much depends on what you write about, or rather what you want to write about. Novels, short-stories, poems, films, plays, for television, radio, copy-writing, journalist, essays, non-fiction, school resources… Please ask me to stop?

Thank you. You see writing is the basis of modern life. Writers are needed everywhere. The real list is huge. Ok let’s try and break the list down to a munch-able chunk. How about this? Would you like to write fiction, or non-fiction?

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Fiction is another list consisting of novels, short-stories, poetry, screenwriting, scriptwriting (the last two are very different by the way; screenwriting is anything for the screen big or small, and scriptwriting can be what someone says, the presenter at the Oscars, news reporter, weather man, Government officials especially at election times, although I believe the last point should fall in the fiction department too, media advertising, that can also be copy-writing etc.).

Non-fiction is anything that isn’t fiction. Duh! I know I can be a real Homer Simpson at times. Of course, we are talking about anything that people can: make, eat, build, repair, swim, wear, ride, drive… Someone please stop me again. Phew! Thanks to that man in the back. It’s a huge list. So we are saying, no works of the imagination. Nothing fictional.

Okay! That was easy. The writing decision is in your writing hand. You either want to write in the genre (what is genre?) you feel you were born to write in, or what is inspiring you, at the moment. So to squeeze the last blood of you the sort of questions you ask when you meet Miss Blanc Le Paige depends if you are writing fiction or non-fiction.

If you have plumped for fiction, then some typical questions might be: what form will my fiction take (novel, poem etc.)?, what is my story?, who is my main character (protagonist)? who is he or she fighting (antagonist)?

And if you are writing a non-fiction book, then the question might be, what is my subject matter? That’s all you have to ask.

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That’s it. You have met Miss Paige and you know what you want to write about.

I’d like to end by wishing both of you a wonderful journey and a superb future. Next time, I will tell you what really happens as a result of that meeting.

Enjoy your dreams and your loved ones. And oh yes, do love that person in the mirror, for he or she is a real person and needs your love.

Oh dear, what am I unleashing?

Do let me have your thoughts, or let me know how you are getting on?

Until next week… keep well, loving and full of peace.

Believe. Believe. Believe.

All my loving



Discovering new authors – the joy

In Authors and Books on 17/06/2013 at 19:36


One of the pleasant asides to writing, reading other blogs, Twittering, Facebook and all the other social media is discovering new writers. I mean new writers in your genre, and new old writers in your genre. But apart from the pursuit being pleasurable, it is probably the most suggested path any new writer can take to develop their writing and their genre.

For example, one of my favourite writers who has written under about a dozen names is Donald E. Westlake. Some of you might say, yeah, great writer. But others will say, who? One of his pen names is Richard Stark, and the protagonist is a criminal called Parker. A recent movie starring Jason Statham as Parker was released very recently. But do you know how many films have been adapted from Donald’s pen?

Time to do some research. Watch the movie, read the book, read the script, whatever you like or all of them.

My chosen genre is Noir. So whether it is Swedish, French, Dutch, American, UK or Scottish, or from wherever, I will seek it out. Recently, I met the king of Tartan Noir (Scottish) William McIlvanney. He’s a real gentleman and I recommend you seek out his recently republished set of books starring Insp. Jack Laidlaw. How many of his books have been filmed?

Again, go and seek the truth.

Then there is one of my other writing idols, whose style has often been mimicked but never, never improved upon. Now can I have my signed copy, Mr Leonard. Yes, Elmore Leonard, who started life as an author of Westerns then switched to crime. He has written dozens of books, and if I am being honest, there is not one bad book amongst them. Many of his books have been filmed. And he has a lot of admirers. One of them films in the same gritty Leonard style is Quentin Tarantino. He has often stated how much he admires Elmore. Oh … seek out Elmore’s book on how to write. It’s an absolute gem – a minimalist educational treasure.

Very recently, I too, found an author who is very obscure and is heralded as the progenitor of UK Noir, Derek Raymond. Now I know many of you will say who? But go and read his five Factory novels, featuring a nameless copper. And you will say why he is seen as the King of Noir in the UK. What a very colourful history he had. Researching Raymond has led me to other equally obscure but highly talented and fresh writers.

These works do not age just like Dashiell Hammett’s books. This is the man, many state started the whole Noir movement. But there are others who will quote writers who came long before Hammett, such as Wilkie Collins – go read his ‘Woman in White’.

You see while you delve back or research you are at the same time reading, improving your art and your knowledge. So my dear new creative, or old creative. Whatever? Reading can take you places where you might need to go to find your genre, your passion. And by the way, go and chase out Edward Bunker and Charles Bukowski to name another two literal ‘rascals’.

I really did want to start this posting with the promise of how a typewriter saved my life as indicated by my last posting. Ah, well next time. Happy research to you all.

*Positive Provocations*

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