#writinglessons Game of Thrones Season 7

I’m re-watching season 7 of Game of thrones and it’s been interesting to analyze the story as a writer instead of as the average consumer enjoying some great content.

Warning, if you are yet right watch this particular season, please don’t let me spoil it for you. Come back and read this once you’ve indulged. Continue reading “#writinglessons Game of Thrones Season 7”

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Music + Writing: An Indispensible Collaboration

Do you have music playing in the background when you write?

I do and as the title above suggests, music and writing go hand in hand for me when I’m being creative.

My writing music is heavily indie-oriented but I do enjoy the likes of Lana Del Rey (she’s considered mainstream, right?), BANKS, Phantogram ….

I also love hearing Asa, Feist, Flume, Tove Lo … you name it, I want it to hear it.

What do you listen to?

Check out my current playlist – ‘Modern Writing Music’. Oh, it includes songs from Game of Thrones, The Leftovers and Battlestar Galactica (the reimagined series, which in my opinion was the best. show. evah!), some good old funk, palmwine music and more.

 

What do you like to listen to when you’re being creative? Do share.

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#WritingLessons from George R.R. Martin

I recently read an article which reviewed a talk George R.R. Martin , author of the Game of Thrones books, gave in Australia.

As a fan of the television series and a writer aspiring to create worlds that readers can get lost in, it’s no surprise that I paid close attention to what he had to say.

Here are a few of the tips I took away from the article:

  1. don’t let characters wallow in despair for too long;
  2. avoid cliches;
  3. show violence truthfully but also show its after-effects; and
  4. use grey characters (i.e. not all good, not all bad).

He had a lot more to say but those four tips spoke loudly to me.

(I’m sorry that I don’t have a link to the original article. Please don’t shoot me.)

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#WritingLessons from #GOT S6 E10

I just got to watch Game of Thrones because, I hardly get to watch my preferred tv shows live.

 

It is what it is, but my life doesn’t always permit me to watch much live tv but the news.

Anyway, this season finale episode was … PURE FYAH!!!!

Yes, I loved almost every second of it and I managed to walk away with a few #writinglessons. Please be aware that spoilers lie ahead.
  1. Shock the hell out of everyone. As a writer, I know the importance of shocking my readers.  It is always important to give them something they don’t expect. Like, I didn’t expect Tommen to off himself the way he did. I also didn’t expect Cersei to off everyone in the septum the way she did. As in, damn, Cersei is a cold-blooded BAWSE.
  2. REALLY shock the hell out of everyone. I’m certain I wasn’t the only one surprised that Cersei and Qyburn would use children as assassins. Like DAMN. But it’s those sorts of surprises that make for a good story. Oh, and the irony of the young destroying the old was a great image and I wonder if that will be a theme in the future.
  3. Allow your characters to be their true self. Eventually. Cersei – the black queen has come into her own, forced there by a series of events.  Daenerys – the dragon queen has relinquished love, with no emotions, in order to gain the seven kingdoms (is she going to be just like her mad father?). John Snow – the bastard Targaryen has become the king of the north (but trouble lies ahead what with the secrets between himself and Sansa). Arya Stark. Need I say more? These essential characters have come into their own and I like it. Ooh and I can’t forget Granny Olenna Tyrell. She cut those Sand sisters at their knees in her typical quick tongue and she’s about to be that granny out for revenge. Long story short – be true to your character’s character.

And now, I’m off to see how I can apply these few tips to my story, THE PURSUAL. It goes to the editor later today and I’m so nervous.

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