Thursday, 10 September 2015

How I Write #8: Descriptions - Fight Scenes

Today I am going to consider how to approach writing fight scenes. The trick in this case is to keep action immediate, reactionary, fast-paced and highly visual.

Here are what I believe to be the five most important rules when writing a fight sequence:

1) Immediate Action
Assuming you are not describing an old fight, always keep action as firmly in the present moment as possible e.g He threw another punch. He dove to the side.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Writing & Editing Update: August 2015

The past year has been a huge one for me in terms of my writing and editing work, so I thought I'd do a quick review of the last twelve months before telling you about my forthcoming releases and new projects I have on the go.

The Last Twelve Months

2014 saw me branch out in my writing in two different ways. Firstly, I commenced penning MM tales under my alternate pen name, Asta Idonea, and secondly, I made the decision to self-publish two of my older novellas (Day-Walker and Time Keepers) and one new work: my three-book saga The Ragnarök Chronicles.

In addition, I have had four MM short stories published in anthologies from Wayward Ink Publishing. The first of the anthology submissions, The Raider, is already available as a single title too.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

How I Write #7: Descriptions - Scenes/Places/Action

Last month we looked at describing people in your prose. This week I would like to talk about more general description of scenes and places. I will be looking in more detail at fight scenes and sex scenes in the next two instalments; today will be more of an overview.

One of the most important things to remember in setting the scene is that humans have five senses. Try to avoid the tendency only to comment on what a character sees, and think about what else they may be experiencing. Let's take a look at an example to illustrate what I mean:

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Sketching JJ Feild as Major André in Turn (again)

A sketch of JJ Feild as Major John André in AMC's TURN.
Drawn over 5 hours with pencils: H, 2B, 4B, 6B

My printer blew up the other day and I have yet to get a new one, so this is a photograph of the drawing, not a scan. I hope when I get a new printer it will have a better scanner than the last and I can scan future ones in again. This will probably be my last submission for a few months as I have a lot on, but I hope to do more towards the end of the year.

Monday, 10 August 2015

Book Review: The Conquering Dark (Crown & Key # 3) by Clay & Susan Griffith

Title: The Conquering Dark (Crown & Key # 3) 
Author: Clay & Susan Griffith 
Publisher: Del Rey 
Publication Date: 28 July 2015 
Pages: 352 
Format: Paperback 
Genre: Paranormal / UF / Steampunk
Source: Bought Copy

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