Is this a post about storytelling? Yes. No. When we read, we get immersed in the story. The character is our avatar. We are the character. But where do we get these experiences? How can we, the writers, know enough about life to put it down in such a way that another person who is … Continue reading Avatar
The weirdness has set in. Maybe it's fever. Who knows. But I got bored with being crook with the 'flu, so the laptop came out of hiding to sit on my lap. It wasn't conducive to undertaking any form of work, though, so I had to think of a strategy to get it all warmed … Continue reading Channeling
AI – What Does It Create?
A caged bird: the modern writer, imprisoned behind the laser bars of technology that generates stories, paintings, calls to action, and lo, it is art. (This is an out-of-sync post based on reading so many articles on the subject matter today. Not a good way to spend an already hot Sunday morning.) These links lead … Continue reading AI – What Does It Create?
What Happens Before the Writing?
Pre-writing is a thing for me. I have pages and pages of 'stuff' that relates to some aspect of the story. Snippets of conversation, an overheard argument between unknown characters, sounds, places, objects. I particularly like rambling about the history of the place they're in. How it started, why it started, when it grew beyond … Continue reading What Happens Before the Writing?
Who Writes History?
Another question first: Why are there so many stories with the same cultural background? That's the question that relates to the main question. It may not appear to make sense, but think about it. As an example: The Romans travelled the world, conquering and spreading their stories, adapting the local cultural stories to include Roman … Continue reading Who Writes History?
FFF … Again
It's not being rude, honest. In fact, I've talked about it before. It? The human reaction cycle: Freeze, Flight, Fight. Freeze is always first: Stand still and the danger won't see me. It also gives time to assess the situation, to decide whether to slowly sink down or sidle across to the darker shadows and … Continue reading FFF … Again
The Creation of a Story
This little story idea was outlined for submission to a children's anthology (later cancelled). I haven't gone beyond the idea and basic outline, and animal-protagonist stories seem to have hit a dull patch so I haven't gone further with it, but tell me what you think ... story array Image: Bilby (an Australian animal), digging … Continue reading The Creation of a Story
Dreams of Light
A short story, under 500 words, fiction with a different perspective. From the deepest bowels of the well within the basement, Illustro strove upward. His six legs worked mud and wood fibre into a tunnel to lead him from the darkness of below to the lights from above. More than anything, Illustro wanted to see … Continue reading Dreams of Light
Who is the Story for?
The writer gets the characters together, puts them in situations, shows their backbone - or lack of - and pushes them through plots and troubles until the lesson is learned, the question is answered, the world is set right - or the consequences are clear for all to see. That's how a writer does it, … Continue reading Who is the Story for?
Where to start?
It's a story thing. When does the story start? Is it with a big bang moment, or an introduction to the normal life? None of the above, is what I'd say. Why? I read a lot of stories that open with a big moment, or a deep character moment, and after a page or two, … Continue reading Where to start?