There is Nothing Sweeter than a Free Book!

A London Book Haul

You may have noticed that I’ve been to The London Book Fair, god knows my Twitter feed has been full of stuff about it.

For those of you who don’t know much about it, The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels.

It is an annual event that sees more than 25,000 publishing professionals, authors, and students arrive in London for the week of the Fair to network, attend seminars, and kick off the year of business.

Perhaps even more important, however, is the metric tonne of free stuff that one can acquire. Continue reading “There is Nothing Sweeter than a Free Book!”

I Went to The London Book Fair

We stumbled out of Baron’s Court tube station looking lost and feeling overwhelmed. I, clutching my new oyster card, walked over to a map and pretended that I knew what I was looking for. I had obviously failed because a kindly old lady approached me, observed my pained visage, and gave me and the group the directions we needed.

That was the first surprise London afforded me! I had been led to believe that everyone in London was stuck in tunnel vision mode. That they were too rude and/or indifferent to bother with a lost looking group of master’s students. At least, that is what I had been told.

Unfortunately, that soon became the truth as pedestrians elbowed us aside, people cut in front of us, and drivers beeped their car horns and swore under their breath as we failed to cross the road quick enough.

Ah! Finally, the ‘authentic’ London experience. Continue reading “I Went to The London Book Fair”

Show, Don’t Tell: Is it That Simple?

Anyone that has ever taken a creative writing course or an interest in the subject has most likely encountered the famous phrase: show, don’t tell! I’ve received this as feedback countless times and have been told the phrase even more so. But what I haven’t often been battered over the head with, is what show, don’t tell actually bloody means!

It is often said that showing, not telling, is the best way to write fiction. This opinion often stems from the fact that people who are just beginning to write have a tendency to tell the audience about everything happening in a story, rather than show them. This, of course, is not always the case. Even established authors can be guilty of over-telling.

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What is Writer’s Voice

Recently, I’ve read some fantastic articles about the phenomenon known as a ‘writer’s voice.’ Writer’s voice is something that has perplexed me for a long time and still does to some extent. It is one of those difficult to pin down terms. Speaking of pinning things down, in this article I will attempt to wrestle (yes, I’m off to a good start) with this difficult concept. Let’s begin.

What is voice?

I’ve been taking writing seriously for a number of years now, and during those years I’ve been taught a lot of things. These lessons have systematically divided writing into several neat compartments in my mind: structure, style, language, lexicon, pacing, theme, and characters to name a few. Voice is none of these, and I think that is why I struggle with it. It doesn’t fit neatly into a box, and I find that stressful.

So, if I can’t put it in a box, can I at least explain what it is? Yes, I can, or at least I can explain what I think it is. Writer’s voice, to me, is the real you that you express on the page. It is the real, unique, and unrestricted words which you place into each paragraph. The ones that allow people a deeper understanding of you, your characters, or your passions. A deeper understanding of your hopes, dreams, fears, beliefs, and attitudes. It is your story, de-fogged, for all to see.

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Wow it’s been a long time! Coming out of cryosleep.

So I’ve been on some sort of an unofficial hiatus lately, and I apologize for that. I feel that I should explain why I have neglected this blog for so long, trust me I feel terrible about it.

It just so happens that this is my last year of my undergraduate degree in Creative Writing, and for my independent study I have chosen to study how writers of Fantasy deal with real world issues through their own writing. Not only am I doing a report for this but I am also focusing on writing my own fantasy novel. Alongside this I have several modules that need reports and short stories to be completed.

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