Passing of a Writer

And I have read that Terry Pratchett passed away. He was one of three great English writers – that got me into the whole words on page thing. They are Roald Dahl, Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. All three of them had an off-kilter way of satirising through fantasy elements. All three of them re-modelled the world they lived in within the fantastic landscape of their fiction. Continue reading “Passing of a Writer”

Reflections: Agency in The World Jones Made (Philip K. Dick)

Written in 1956 The World Jones Made shows some startling insight into a post apocalyptic 1950s America.

It asks a bold question. If a man can see his personal future as if it was his present, then when he acts is it because he decides to do so or because he was fated. What then is man? At the whim of an unrelenting universal nothing, or a driving force against that.

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Reflections: Richard Walter Screenwriting Public Lecture

It’s been some days since I attended Richard Walter’s Public Lecture on Screenwriting held in conjunction with Aftrs, Griffith Film School and Inscription and herein lies some reflections on the experience.

Comprising of 2 two hour lectures one, in the morning and one in the afternoon, it’s a both an entertaining and informative day on thinking about the craft of screenwriting. Continue reading “Reflections: Richard Walter Screenwriting Public Lecture”

Daily word count targets.

Some thoughts.

I’ve never really been a big fan of specific word count writing goals such as those that drive people through NaNoWriMo.

Primarily because I’ve never had too much trouble sitting down and writing a bunch of words and being satisfied with that. But also because I never really needed to know when something would be done – exactly. I was happy enough relying on my internal writing clock measuring progress with a rough estimate of a finish month – well finish quarter.

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Google Docs for Writers

For some months I have been using google docs to write.

This might seem like somewhat of a no-brainer, after all it is a word processor so what else would it be used for exactly?

Well, creative writers can be a sketchy lot, part fancy, part reality, part party. For the most part we’re not very good with change, even though that’s what we write about, and we don’t like trusting out precious to some unknown other that’s sitting somewhere out there in The Cloud.

The Cloud? Seriously it just doesn’t build confidence.

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