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Forces of Writing

There are four forces involved in writing fiction: imagining, writing, editing, and hoping.
1. Imagination is the basis of all writing. This force is centred in your brain which is incredibly powerful at wielding it. The force of imagination has infinite range and you’ll find there’s no shortage of story ideas in the world. Science is a wonderfully bizarre source (I even used it to frame this blog). Photo: story characters are everywhere.

2. Writing is work. It seems to be such a weak force: putting one word after another; sentence by sentence. But if you keep going, the force evolves the words into something remarkable– story.
3. Editing is the refining force in fiction. It’s a strong force that can be applied by cutting needless words and shaking the story up.
4. Hope is vital for a writer. When you feel your story is worthless and you think you can’t write, hope keeps you going. Like gravity, it keeps writers grounded, and like imagination, it has infinite range.

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Time Freeze

Science fiction grabbed me as a teenager. I was an impatient reader and loved short sci-fi stories packed with ideas. They had cool surprise endings too, like Arthur C Clarke’s All the Time in the World about a man who freezes time; and Ray Bradbury’s A Sound of Thunder where an insect changes history. I still treasure my copy of Bradbury’s Golden Apples of the Sun – cost me 65c new in 1970; about an hour’s raspberry picking then.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle was also great with it’s spiritual physics and the ending when the disembodied alien brain is defeated. It’s the inspiration for a sci-fi novel I’m working on. I like what L’Engle said about writing too:

You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.

I loved sci-fi movies too, like Planet of the Apes (1968, final shot pictured), and movies where scientists battled giant insects – the stop-motion animation so endearing. The monsters often attacked Tokyo so I made this the setting for my latest novel Wings, about bees battling giant hornets.

That’s all for now about the stories that made me. Tune in next blog for some writing tips.

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Phantom Fantasy

More than any other book I read as a child The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster  gave me a love of words, perhaps the most important thing a writer needs. It’s a celebration of words –it twists them, puns them and pushes them. There are so many cool bits: like the man who is short and tall, thin  and fat all at the same time; and the orchestra that plays colours. Part of the appeal of Tollbooth is in the illustrations by Jules Feiffer. I love his faceless Trivium character (very Dr Who) who says

‘What could be more important than doing unimportant things? If you stop to do enough of them, you’ll never get to where you’re going.”

I sometimes see this devious fellow hanging around. He tries to distract me from writing by telling me to other jobs. He says ‘there’s always something to do to keep you from what you really should be doing.’

Hope Tintin month at the library is going blisteringly well. Wish I could be there to see Zac in his plus-fours (Tintin’s trousers).

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Adventure! Thrills! Danger!

I’m talking about stories that made me, me. From 8 to 12 years old I loved reading adventures. First it was my hero, Tintin. His stories covered everything: sci-fi, supernatural, humour, history, spies; and all in comic strip style with realistic details. Favourite? Tintin in Tibet because we finally get to know Tintin’s feelings.
Next came Willard Price adventures with dangers from erupting volcanoes to killer anacondas.
Then the ultimate journey – a small hero facing all the forces of evil. The Hobbit and The Rings trilogy kindled my imagination more than any other books. Every detail of Middle Earth was real inside my head. It was, as Tolkien said of fantasy, ‘an escape to a heightened reality- a world at once more vivid and intense.’
When I wrote my first novel, Sting, of course I wanted a very small hero (a bee) who faced gigantic odds  (the human army). And there’s a nod to Gollum’s riddles in Wings.

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