As writers, solitude is needed; sometimes we hunger for it, but… I’ve missed human interaction.
It is the isolation of having choices taken away that has thrown my mind into a tailspin, I think.
Loneliness has been draining for a lot of us. Just having our social interactions stripped away feels like the lifeboat is sinking. This article helps to explain why.
The weird science of loneliness explains why lockdown sucked
— Read on www.wired.co.uk/article/lockdown-loneliness-neuroscience
In dark times, we all need a shot in the arm of joy and love… here it is.
by Karen Payton Holt (AKA KPHVampireWriter)
When you are writing a story and setting the scene, because you want the reader to ‘see’ what you are seeing, it is very easy to fall into one of two traps.
1/ ‘An information dump’ – where the writer’s head appears above the parapet and the detail the reader ‘needs to know’ is dumped in to their lap. If the story is halted for too long then picking up the action again is more difficult.
2/ Descriptive opening paragraphs written in passive voice, which can be dull.
‘The man entered the bar. There were tables scattered around the room. The lighting was dim. There were four men sat huddled in a corner, and one guy was wearing a hat…’
You get the picture. However, introducing a new setting is far more interesting if the voice is active.
Consider, ‘The tavern door was heavier…
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By Karen Payton Holt (AKA KPHVampireWriter)
Here is a burning question: Should you have all three written before you publish Book One?
As the writer of the vampire/horror genre series of novels ‘Fire and Ice’, I have an evolved personal view on this topic. In short, the answer is ‘yes’, if you can, then you should.
Is it essential to write the entire series before the first book leaves the nest? There are two considerations to this argument; commercial and creative.
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