Weekly Update: A Persistent Book Idea

Regular followers of my blog will know that I often give up on book ideas. I have this annoying and saddening need to have an idea, develop it, evaluate it, and then abandon it in fear that it is “rubbish”. I’ve even tried it with my current idea, but this time, it’s different…

Basically, something is refusing me to give up on this book idea. I just can’t give it up this time, which is great!

The idea has evolved over time (see this post), to the point where I have an idea that will be both creative and credible.

I’ve been very busy this week, but a good busy. But I hope that this period of letting the idea develop by itself will give me a greater developed idea to work with later on…

Liam

Contemplating NaNoWriMo | The Friday Article

Liam, who blogs at The Life of a Thinker, has announced two pieces of news on his blog today.

His latest post, entitled Contemplating NaNoWriMo, sees the return of his journalistic posts – particularly that of The Friday Article, as well as a possible hint at another try at doing NaNoWriMo this year.

Liam said: “I’ve always liked the idea of NaNoWriMo. Getting an idea, holding on to it for a month and writing 50,000 words at the end of it!”

He then added: “But whether or not I do it this year is dependant on other commitments and whether I have an idea to use!”

The blogger has recently posted about his latest book idea on his blog, and it is believed that it is this idea that Liam will pursue should he do NaNoWriMo this year.

Liam

The Mystery of Dystopia

Television is full to the brim of brand new and exciting dramas at the moment. A drama exploring the prequel to Batman, entitled Gotham, had its pilot episode this week, which I quite enjoyed, and the new series of The Walking Dead started on Monday but I have yet to watch it.

However, in a sense, both bring me to the topic of today’s blog post. Can prequels (such as Gotham) or explaining the origin of the apocalypse in The Walking Dead, effect the strength of the plot, or one of the character?

It is common for most post-apocalyptic/dystopian stories to explore a “new world”, with little references to the “old world” and how the change came about. But what stops the writer from revealing the reasons for the change? Why can’t we find out the cause of the zombie outbreak in The Walking Dead, or what lead to the invention of The Hunger Games?

I suppose it is the sense of mystery more than anything. In the context of a long-running TV show like The Walking Dead, the writers can afford to slowly reveal details of the zombie outbreak to keep viewers interested. But for books – with their own constrictions – the writer may use the reveal as a plot twist or surprise moment in the plot. They are limited to a certain amount of pages to make the journey into the dystopian universe exciting.

I think the answer is dependant on where the story is based and the limitations of that. A book only requires a short amount of attention because of its length. But for a long-running show, we need tiny glimpses of an explanation along the way to add to the mystery and excitement for the viewer.

But what do you think? Why do writers of post-apocalyptic and dystopian stories hold back on the big explanation? Comment below!

Liam

Musical reDiscovery: Blame it on Me by George Ezra

I have already heard the song through it being in the charts at the moment, but now I have rediscovered George Ezra’s new track, Blame it on Me.

In the follow up to his debut single, Budapest, Blame it on Me sees a faster tempo with an off-beat riff on the guitar. This, combined with Ezra’s vocals, creates a catchy, soulful tune that is easily memorable.

What do you think of the song? Comment below!

Liam

The Development of an Idea

This one idea for a book is still lingering in my head. But, as mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been confused with the numerous versions of this idea that I keep thinking of. For example, first or third person? Stand-alone or trilogy?

But at last, a few of these questions have been answered. With this idea, it has been in my mind for so long a time that, by leaving it on its own for a bit, it has solved its own problems and has become a stronger idea as a whole!

Of course, there will still be parts of the idea that will still need sorting, but in the meantime, I have an idea that I can work with now, which is great!

Liam

Reading in Music

Reading books is the main way for writers to know how to write. It’s pretty much the same for sight reading a piece of music, it makes the drummer a better musician and sight reader.

Unlike letters in books, a drummer reads notes on a page. The normal musical notes have different values on the drum stave. Musicians may now the acronym FACE for notes within the spaces on a stave, and the saying Every Good Boy Deserves Football to remember notes on the lines. But for drummers, the stave is ordered in terms of pitch.

From bottom to top, it goes: bass drum, floor tom, snare drum, low tom (“right tom”), high tom (“left tom”). The area at the top of the stave is preserved for cymbals, such as the hi-hat, crash and ride cymbals. It is then the combination of these notes on the stave that leads to funky rock grooves, and complex drum solos.

Basically, it’s a whole new style of reading that is really fun once you know how it works!

Liam