The Write Side of Life: A New Project & A New Approach.

In my last post I talked briefly about a new story I was working on and how I was going to try and document how it goes, chapter by chapter. Well, here we go.

The new story that I’m working on is one that I’ve had floating around my head for years. It’s one that I always imagined writing as a novel and after trying it out as a short story, a previous attempt at a novel and even at one time a seriously misguided attempt at a graphic novel – don’t worry the pages of that monstrosity have long been destroyed – but finally after gaining some more experience of writing and life, I think that I’ve finally cracked how to make it work.

You see, I’ve always believed in the old adage that if you’re a writer, you should write the story you want to read, if you’re a film maker (which I’m not), then you should make the film you want to watch and so on and so fore. The problem is that there isn’t just one story that I want to read, they’re are hundreds; sci-fi ones, fantasy ones and action and adventure ones.

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, when I was trying to work out what I was going to write next, I came across the story I mentioned before as well as some similar stories that were in various states of disrepair. Looking through various notes, outlines and drafts, I figured out that why not write all the stories I want to read. With some jiggery-pokery and intense head scratching, I fleshed out the main characters to make a crew who you will hopefully want to follow on an action packed adventure across a war-torn galaxy and develop a back story and legend that combines my favourite space opera and fantasy elements into hopefully an exciting universe for this crew to inhabit and it all started to come together as a coherent, workable plot.

Just as I was working on this outline, I came across this video:

In it fantasy author Jon Skovron shows how he writes his first drafts in fountain pen. I won’t go into his process here, watch the video it’s well worth it, but I can tell you it inspired me to try a new approach to my writing.

So, I went and got a shiny new Moleskine notepad and a left handed fountain pen (for your information it’s a Lamy Safari pen and it’s lovely to write with) and I got scribbling. I found this method, writing my first draft out in pen, is really working for me. I finished my first chapter last week and transcribed into it Word in a few hours, making corrections to the first draft as I went. By doing this chapter by chapter, I’ve found I’m simultaneously writing my first and second drafts, with corrections and ammendments thus making me work much quicker and completeinn one round of edits as I go, result!

So, the first chapter is done and I’ve started with the second. I’ll update you on that when it’s transcribed. I’ll also post a more detailed post about the first chapter later this week. In the meantime, here’s a short blurb on what the new story is:

Starblade (working title) tells the story of a crew of scavengers working aboard their ship, The Fury, scratching out a living by selling junk they find on wrecks of old starships. When they come across a mysterious old derelict that could finally be their big score, they unwittingly unleash an evil that spreads across the galaxy. Years, later in a bid to make amends, the crew of the Fury, undertake a mission to deliver a weapon that could destroy this evil force and end years of war. However, there are other parties that want the weapon, some for revenge, some to rule and they will stop at nothing to get it.

How does that sound? Like something you would want to read, let me know in the comments below or tweet or facebook me.

I look forward to hearing what you think. Also let me know how you approach new projects, be they writing, film making, art, anything.

Also be sure to check out the books of Jon Skovron. They’re pretty damn good.

Once again, thanks for reading!




A New Site, A New Start!

Hello and Welcome!

Come in, pull up a chair and make yourself comfy. Ready? OK.

So, some of you may remember that this blog used to be up over at Blogger. It never really got the full attention that I maybe should have given it. I only posted a few of my very early (it shows in the quality,) stories and I think one or two other nonsensical ramblings. It also looked quite amateurish and at the time, I didn’t really have the skills or expertise to really make it look any better. It’s still out there, somewhere in the ether if you really wanted to see it. However, I wouldn’t waste my time if I was you. It really is quite poor.

Anyway, I decided to dust it off, give it a new coat of whatever the electronic version of paint is, and try again with a WordPress blog. Hopefully it will look more appealing and be a bit easier to read. I’m not going to post the old stories on what I like to call this version 2.0. They were really bad and those that wanted to read them probably already have.

This time around things shall be much different and hopefully much better. I’m planning to start with something pretty big and ambitious (Details of which will be further down) that will either be the best thing I’ve ever done or the most horrendous failure ever. Only time shall tell. In the meantime, indulge me in reintroducing myself and the site.

I’ve always loved Sci-Fi and Fantasy in all its many forms. Particularly in movies and comics. I have also always loved books and reading anything I can get my hands on; novels, magazines, instruction manuals, even crisp packets. You name it, I’ll give it a go. I’ve also always loved writing my own stories and have always harboured an ambition to one day become a published author. As such I am hoping that this on-line space shall be my first step on the road to achieving that ambition. On here you shall find short stories I have written, book reviews of the stuff I love to read, possibly a few reviews of genre movies if I particularly feel the need to rant and rave about them, and also my thoughts on reflections on my own journey to being able to legitimately call myself and author.

As such, I think now is a good time to let you in on my rather ambitious intention to relaunch this blog. The first piece of fiction that I’m going to post is the first chapter in what shall hopefully become an on-line novel. The aim is to post this first chapter at the end of this week and then post another chapter every two weeks. If it seems that people are particularly enjoying the novel or finding it hard to read on-screen, I will be considering making the chapters downloadable, all for free! How nice is that, a whole book (eventually) for free?

I’ll be posting more details about the novel – synopsis, influences, etc -either later today or tomorrow. In the meantime please let all your friends and family (and if you know them, my friends and family!) know and I look forward to hearing your thoughts and feedback on my work sometime in the near future-ish.

Till next time,

See Ya!