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Re: Worst Fantasy Book Cover... Ever? This is just all kinds of wrong . . .

January 17, 2012, 11:02:25 PM
Re: Ancient and medieval fighting and weapons Hey,@Yora this guy has some good axe and shield techniques . . .

. . . and on the subject of viking techniques this guy has a really interesting theory on shield usag . . .

April 13, 2015, 09:33:01 AM
Re: Ancient and medieval fighting and weapons Someone in my G+ RPG circle pointed this out . . .

Swordfighting for Writers, Game Designers, and Martial Artists

. . . thought it might be of interest. Going to put it on my to buy list. His other books look interesting too.

April 22, 2015, 12:21:25 PM
Re: Voice
There probably are exercises, though I've not a clue what they would be!

I think you're spot on with what you said, voice comes, and it's also obvious when you're trying too hard or not being true to yourself. I've heard a lot of complaints that Uni/College MA in Creative writing are churning out a generation of writers with the same bland voice.

There was one  exercise in Renni & King's excellent editing book. I think the jist is print out a variety of your work, then take two different coloured highlighters. Highlight every line, phrase, sentence, word, etc. you don't like in one colour, and everything you do like in another colour. The stuff you like is your voice. There might have been more to it. It's a while since I read that book. I need to reread it.

That though is the only exercise, technique, or guideline I've ever seen on voice. It is a vague, and complex subject, but also kinda straightforward in a weird way.

I had a writing mentor who explained it this way: hat your voice is everything you are, and everything you've experienced. As he explained - If your grew up in Welsh a mining village in the 50's, were white, working class; on the verge of  poverty, and catholic, if your mother left you and your father when you were just a kid, and you joined the RAF instead of going down the pit - all of this is going to show up in your voice and be different to a writer who doesn't have that background, those experiences. Even another writer from a very similar, almost identical background, is going to have a different voice because he won't have the same family sayings, routines, people around him, etc.

It's very obvious when stated like that (he put it a lot better than me), but a writer's voice is just another part our overall uniqueness. Voice is also what we read as writers too, consciously or uncounsciously waht we read influences and informs what we write.

May 01, 2015, 10:43:52 AM
Re: Fantasy Memes and silly stuff about books from the internet
May 02, 2015, 10:46:47 AM
Re: The Future of Fantasy
sometimes I do forget about the big wide world out there ;D

Forgetting about the wide world out there is often the best policy.

May 02, 2015, 11:35:58 AM
Re: Fantasy Memes and silly stuff about books from the internet
May 10, 2015, 11:27:13 AM
Re: How much did you write today?
523 today.
Show off.  ;) ;D

I'm really in no position to show off. This week has been more productive than the rest of the year. Still, onwards and upwards 563 today.  :D

May 14, 2015, 01:45:59 PM
Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read? Big fan of the already mentioned: Catch 22, Fight Club, and 1984.

Roddy Doyle - The Commitments
James Clavell - Shogun
Aldous Huxley - Ape and Essence
Marge Piercy - Woman on the Edge of Time
Jeanette Winterson - Oranges are Not the Only Fruit
DH Lawrence - The Rainbow
Mary Renault - The King Must Die
Bernard Cornwell - Sharpe's Rifles
Bernard Cornwell - The Last Kingdom
Bernard Cornwell - The Winter King
Colleen McCullough - The First Man in Rome
Ernest Cline - Ready Player One
Hermann Hesse - Siddhartha
Nick Hornby - Hi Fidelity
Kazuo Ishiguro - An Artist in the Floating World
Stephen King - IT
John King - The Football Factory
Irvine Welsh - Trainspotting

July 12, 2015, 07:06:27 PM
Re: How much did you write today?
Forgive me, Brothers and Sisters for today I committed the writerly sin of "Prologue"  ;D 1,110 words.
I'm wondering if that counts as "avoiding writing"?  ;)


July 13, 2015, 03:55:13 PM