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Offline Richard Bendall

Another aspiring writer, signing up for the slaughter
« on: March 24, 2014, 09:43:53 PM »
Maybe slaughter is too harsh a word, but it certainly feels like I've grabbed a ticket for a queue and been told to wait in line, only to see my ticket has seven digits on and they've not finished with the hundreds yet. I can also imagine the waiting room has a "please pass the time and amuse yourself here" sign over a table of spiked self mangling devices and toys that scream "everything you do is wrong" when you push a button.

The wonderful world of aspiring authors, only masochists and the patient need apply.

Hi there, I'm Richard (Laevus). I'm usually more cheerful but today is my day off  ;)

I've only been writing for a few years, but nothing much that I'd share. I've spent more time learning on the best way to write, but been having trouble with getting the stories and pacing to my liking. I have created my own (hopefully) unique fantasy world, so the amount of work involved has been rather insane to say the least. I have a five book series roughly planned out, with the first one in a state of flux mid-rough draft. Recently, I've been working on short stories based in this world to get a feel for it and share it around, see how I get on writing it and see how others enjoy reading it.

I'm not sure exactly who I'd class as influences on my writing, but I do enjoy the fantasy of Melanie Rawn (Dragon Prince and Dragon Star trilogies) and love Cliver Barker's Weaveworld and Imajica books. Other authors to name would be Edith Pargeter (aka Ellis Peters), Alexander Kent, Douglas Adams and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as the first that spring to mind.

Other random stuff is that I enjoy hiking, take tea with no sugar, can do the Rubik's cube (without cheating or using a guide), enjoy drinking ale and will one day own a working Iron Man suit that will be used entirely for personal gain and not fighting crime.

I also find it difficult to keep things short and concise, which is why I find writing flash fiction difficult.
"That which is imagined can never be lost." - Clive Barker

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Re: Another aspiring writer, signing up for the slaughter
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2014, 11:09:27 PM »


I also find it difficult to keep things short and concise, which is why I find writing flash fiction difficult.
Keep at it. It's tough at times, but as long as you get some enjoyment out of it as well you should do it. You and I are in the same boat when it comes to writing shorter work. My wife, who can say a lot in a very short amount of words, teases me about how long my work generally becomes.
I will expand your TBR pile.

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Re: Another aspiring writer, signing up for the slaughter
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2014, 11:41:43 PM »


I also find it difficult to keep things short and concise, which is why I find writing flash fiction difficult.
Keep at it. It's tough at times, but as long as you get some enjoyment out of it as well you should do it. You and I are in the same boat when it comes to writing shorter work. My wife, who can say a lot in a very short amount of words, teases me about how long my work generally becomes.

Ok, I have to also admit that I haven't enjoyed writing flash fiction much when I've tried. I like to give depth and detail to twists, plot and character that I haven't been happy with in just 1000 words (500 or 2000, depending on what people here consider acceptable for 'flash', which is as descriptive a term as 'yay big' and 'whatchamacallit'). My preferred length so far feels at absolute minimum 1500, comfortable 3000, after heavy editing. I am trying to get it down though so that I can improve the quality vs. word count ratio, but with fantasy, I'm finding it hard.
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Re: Another aspiring writer, signing up for the slaughter
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2014, 12:02:25 AM »
1500 is okay. The writing challenges here cap out at that. I struggle to get my stuff down that low, but I think it's worth persevering with, because it's a good thing to try writing out of your comfort zone.
I will expand your TBR pile.

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Re: Another aspiring writer, signing up for the slaughter
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2014, 12:09:32 AM »
Agreed. It's something I've pushed myself to do in every way, whether it be in writing style, content or word length. I find it helps to find my strengths and also improve my writing.

After reading books on writing like Sol Stein's and being a self confessed waffler, I try to make sure I cut out as much rubbish as I can. In the end, I think that will only come down further after crits and feedback.
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Re: Another aspiring writer, signing up for the slaughter
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2014, 02:09:54 AM »
Agreed. It's something I've pushed myself to do in every way, whether it be in writing style, content or word length. I find it helps to find my strengths and also improve my writing.

After reading books on writing like Sol Stein's and being a self confessed waffler, I try to make sure I cut out as much rubbish as I can. In the end, I think that will only come down further after crits and feedback.
Yes, quality criticism is very important. A fresh pair of eyes can very often see something you've missed and tell you if you've put in too much detail.
I will expand your TBR pile.

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Re: Another aspiring writer, signing up for the slaughter
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2014, 07:36:05 AM »
In hindsight, I'm thinking that introducing myself on a new forum shortly before Diablo 3's Reaper of Souls expansion came out was a big mistake. Always been a massive Diablo fan since the original (showing my age now...), really love the dark atmosphere and feel of the world and recently been digging into the lore.
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Re: Another aspiring writer, signing up for the slaughter
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2014, 04:10:26 PM »
In hindsight, I'm thinking that introducing myself on a new forum shortly before Diablo 3's Reaper of Souls expansion came out was a big mistake. Always been a massive Diablo fan since the original (showing my age now...), really love the dark atmosphere and feel of the world and recently been digging into the lore.

You've always got to hate when that happens XD It would be the same thing for me and Dark Souls. Absolutely love the dark, despair filled atmosphere.

Welcome to the forums by the way!

Offline Richard Bendall

Re: Another aspiring writer, signing up for the slaughter
« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2014, 08:48:49 PM »
Wanted to give this a bump as a re-introduction. I promise I didn't play games the entire time since my last post...(gee, that didn't sound convincing). Looking forward to jumping into the discussions now, though each time I've looked through, there's too much and I don't know where to start!
"That which is imagined can never be lost." - Clive Barker