How to deal with invading story ideas

invadingstoryideasI’ve talked about ideas before – you may remember my Song of the Muses post. However I want to discuss the invasion of stories.

I don’t know about you, but my muse doesn’t wait until I’ve finished a novel before she bashes me over the head with another idea.

☆ Muse Attack ☆

Case in point, while driving to work this week, I was suddenly accosted by a whole new story. The protagonist was fully formed and named (thought I wasn’t keen on the character’s surname…every attempt to rename her failed and so I have kept it as it came to me).

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World Building: Atmosphere

World Building Atmosphere.jpgSo, I’m finally back around to my World Building Series again. If you missed the earlier ones I’ve covered The Sun & Seasons, Landscapes and Water.

Today I’m going to discuss atmosphere.

Let’s get the basics out the way (yup, it’s another science lesson. Just go with it people)

What is atmosphere?

It’s a layer of gas that circles the planet. Actually it’s a mix of different gases and it’s held in place by gravity.

Earth’s atmosphere contains around 21% oxygen, 78% nitrogen, 1% argon and trace amounts of other gases such as carbon dioxide, neon, helium, hydrogen, ozone and others.

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Deconstructing a story

Deconstructing a Storya.jpgI’ve been writing for a long time and looking back I can see how my skills have developed.

I used to wish to be published at the age of 18. However now I am really REALLY glad I didn’t attempt it, I was not ready and I have seen a strengthening to my writing that has grown over the years.

Now I consider myself a much stronger writer* (ahhh got to love my not-so-inner egotist) and one thing I noticed as my skills improved was how I started to react to books and movies.

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Writer Life

WritersLifeSo there are these #WriterLife Tag questions that are bobbing around cyberspace. It has probably been around for years, but I am often (fashionably) late to the party so I have only just become aware of them.

Now being late never stopped me so I’ve decided to use this as a mid-week post!

I am not going tag anyone (just like I didn’t wait to be tagged), but if you are a writer and feel like answering these questions, please do.

Then drop me a comment to let me know you have so I can pop over to your blog and read them!

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Talent and Skill in writing

Skills and talentThe terms “talent” and “skill” can often be heard, banded about. I see many young writers, new writers who speak in awe of someone else’s talent. This is often followed, I am sad to say, by talk of “I’ll never be that good” or “I wish I was that talented.”

It is so easy to get disheartened in the creative arts. When I was younger my writing would suffer horrendously every time I read a great book. As the wow factor of the book faded, it would be replaced by a bitterness at myself and my work. This led to my own novel festering away alone as I refused to “waste my time” on it.

Thankfully I have grown out of that annoying habit and while I do still read books that wow me, they are now just a measuring stick by which I can gauge my own development.
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