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The chaos theory of blogging…

April 2, 2010 Leave a comment

The other day I was reading a friend’s blog, a post that was just a quick this-is-what-my-day-was-like post, ending with ‘how did other people’s day go?’. So I replied, briefly, and said I was working on a new story. Gave headline details of what it was about, just the basic proposition/situation I envisaged for it. My friend replied with a comment on just one incidental point contained in my brief details. But this made me realise that that single point – originally intended as just a bit of context and descriptive colour – was actually the key thing that should drive the story and be the focus of it. Fortunately I was only 1000 words in to something that was only ever intended as about 2500 words, though I don’t know how much of what I’ve written is reusable – but the new focus is very, very cool and if not unique, then certainly only rarely explored.
So it’s one of those cases where a butterfly’s wing of a comment created a mental hurricane that should result in a piece that will be striking and original.

One of the fun things…

December 29, 2009 Leave a comment

…about being a writer is the leaps of imagination you have to take and the strange things you end up needing to find out about. In the last couple of days, a propos of a story I’m in the middle of writing, I’ve had to take time out to investigate: late 1800s circus performers’ costumes, the history of elastic in general and in fashion garments, Mayan civilization and its estachological beliefs (basically the thing about the world as we know it ending on the winter solstice of 2012), recipes for nut roasts, deserted villages (there are a couple, apparently, quite close to where I’m sitting), urban exploration and deserted urban sites. Oh, and that old standby of writing exercises, the meanings of certain tarot cards and how they might be used for plot development. None of these things will do more than inform half a sentence of description of dialogue. But I hope they mean that little details will sound more vivid and ‘real’ than they would if I’d just invented them.

Along the way I found a new and very addictive way of wasting time: http://www.trendhunter.com/

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