Guest post: Interview with Viv Drewa

This week’s guest poster is author Viv Drewa, the Owl Lady.  Check out her answers to these interview questions 🙂

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with Viv Drewa

Q01 – When did you decide you wanted to become a writer?

When I was 9-years-old I read a book that made me want to be a writer. It was “The Whistling Sword” by James Robert Green. I was so impressed by how he used true people in fiction. I bought the book from a library that closed just to have it.

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How to write Fight Scenes

Writing fight scenes
I have read enough books to find that fight scenes can be difficult to write. Some of the novels I have read had painful fight scenes that either had to be skipped completely or re-read just to figure out who was doing what, so this tutorial is an amalgamation of my thoughts on the best ways to do it.

First, let’s break this down into aspects to think about:

Characters
Situation
Genres
Weapons
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A bit about research

A quick note: I know it’s been quiet on the blog front, however the festive season is not easy for me. This includes the build up towards the holidays. It makes me very low and quite snarky so I tend to “shut down”. While I’m still not in the best mood, I am trying to bring some semblance of routine back to my life so on with the blogging.

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Research is a big part of being a writer. You might have a wicked talent for creating characters, threading plot-lines and scoring dialogue but if you do no research then you work will probably have some holes.

Some writers love research, others hate it. I flash between the too depending on my mood.

Now, my personal rule is that any writer worth their salt who WANTS to be published someday has a good collection of reference books in their home or knows intricately the layout of the reference section in their local library.

If you want to be a professional writer, a published writer then you can’t skimp on the research. So, unless you were born with a mass of knowledge on hundreds of subjects then you will need to read up on them.  Not to mention things change especially in some subjects where improvements and developments replace original knowledge: for example Medicine, police procedures, technology etc.

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Getting Organised – Part 2

Organising, OrganizingLet’s continue with Getting Organised 🙂

CHARACTERS
There are many “Character Profile Templates” floating about and I will (eventually) add one of my own to the Free Printables section.

These can be useful but I must stress that you should not follow them too strictly as you progress with your writing.

They are good to start with, to get the “meat” of your characters down, but as your writing becomes more detailed you would be best to design your own character template. This way you will not end up with a lot of extra sections requiring information you don’t need.
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