Word of the Week #41:

Eerie

Okay, before we begin, I must warn you that this post is a direct reaction to the recent Sherlock episode, The Lying Detective, so if you haven’t watched it yet, well, stop reading this and go watch it.

Really, I am serious.

The post contains major, I repeat, MAJOR, spoilers…

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Book of the Week #16:

The Man in the Iron Mask,

by Alexandre Dumas
in collaboration with Auguste Maquet

“We are often criminals in the sight of the great of the earth, not for having committed a crime, but because we know that crimes have been committed.”

—Aramis

The Man is the Iron Mask is really not a book, per se; it is actually the third and final volume of the 268 chapters long novel “The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later”, the sequel to “The Three Musketeers” and “Twenty Years Later”

The story begins roughly 30 years after the events of The Three Musketeers, and serves as the conclusion to the d’Artagnan saga.

This book also marks the beginning of my fascination with historical fiction, and its elements like the bloody battles, the epic romances and the notions of chivalry and honour.
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Book of the Week #14:

Sparkling Cyanide,

by Agatha Christie

Six people were thinking of Rosemary Barton who had died nearly a year ago…

With that simple sentence began the first Agatha Christie book I ever read.

Not to be confused with the first Agatha Christie book I ever owned

And considering that I have read and loved half the books by this lady, who wrote almost a hundred books, if you count the collections of short-stories and plays, and the autobiographical works, it should be no surprise that she features twice in this list within three months.

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Writer Guy’s Analysis #2:

Sherlock

The Sign of Three

David: “They’re right about you. You’re a bloody psychopath.”
Sherlock: “High functioning sociopath. With your number.”

To be very honest, I never really liked the old Sherlock Holmes books. I always found Holmes extremely infuriating, and the plots simply ridiculous…

Of course, I am more of an Agatha Christie fan anyway…

What did get me interested was the Sherlock Holmes movie, with Robert Downie Jr and Jude Law. The street-smart, insane portrayal of the world’s favourite sociopath definitely piqued my interest.

However, this is definitely my favourite version of the character, and this particular story is very my favourite among them all, the reasons for which are as follows…

OBVIOUS WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD

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Writer Guy’s Tip #4: Characters

It is kind of fitting that we end the second month of the blog with the final primary component of fiction writing.

I should probably clarify that when I say primary, it is really more opinion than fact. There are other elements that have their own significance, but I believe knowledge about these four, Setting, Plot, Narrative and Characters is necessary for you to even begin writing. You  would probably be a lousy writer if you just depend on these four, but at least you would be a writer…

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Writer Guy’s Tip #3: The Narrative

Okay, a quick recap, before we begin…

So far, you should-

  1. Have a rough idea of the plot, and the primary characters of your story.
  2. Have a fair idea of the setting of your world.
  3. Have not written too much, already, or are willing to rewrite.
  4. Have, most certainly and without fail, read the previous post.

Now, this is the first time I am really urging you to read the previous post, but that is just the nature of the topics. The Plot and the Narrative have to go hand-in-hand… Continue reading Writer Guy’s Tip #3: The Narrative