Character creation

You’ll have to forgive me, for I am a little riled up. I have just started watching a box set. I’m on series one of a show that’s extremely popular and I’m having real problems working my way through the damn thing. And, I do mean working.

Am I the only person that finds Game of Thrones a bit…barbaric? I feel like the writer is grabbing me by the throat and screaming into my face. I’ve seen two episodes now and, while I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen (at all), I spend the whole time with my intestines tied in a knot.

At the moment there are four characters that I trust, there were five, but I’m not on good terms with number five at the moment (if he just did what I think he did…). The rest of the cast of characters? I wouldn’t trust them as far as I could throw them.

Then there are the ones I loathe with a burning passion beyond all reason. This, is impressive. Seriously, two episodes in and I would merrily pay to see these characters meet a gruesome end. This alone may make me watch more. Still, it ain’t fun.

“…early on in a story, the positive defining values of the character must be revealed so that the audience can trust him or her.” Patheos

I’m impressed at how quickly the writers have made me hate these people. There’s no subtly here. It’s just: ‘Here are a bunch of nasty people, doing horrible things for power. Marvel at their scumbagary.’ It’s annoying. I hate it.

I have to watch more.

Write what you know

Some popular writing advice, listed again on the New Yorker this week, is write what you know. OK, but if everyone just wrote about stuff that they had direct personal experience of, there’d be a lot of insanely dull books out there and not a lot of people reading them.

You don’t have to be born and raised in London to write a book set there. You do research. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think George R. R. Martin’s had a lot of experience on the Night’s Watch before he wrote Game of Thrones. Imagination is a wonderful gift. You don’t need to write about what you know.

You do need to know about what you write. As in work hard at character building and world building.

The power of introverts

This week, I finished reading: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (at last, someone out there understands!). I also randomly purchased two books for the kindle (Hunger 1 &2) and three hardbacks.

more books

Yeah, like I don’t have enough unread books around here as it is…