I made a mistake in the website I mentioned. I called it postcrossed. It is actually postcrossing. I have corrected the error in the orginal post. It is neat little website if you are interested.
My sincerest apologies for the error. james
The Hour of the Dragon is a novella written by Robert E. Howard about Conan the Barbarian. It was published in serial form in Weird Tales Magazine during the mid 1930s. This is an unusal tale because in it Conan sits the throne of Aqualonia. Also this was one of Howard’s last stories before he committed sucide. I could regale you with a summary of the story or hit the main points of it. I chose to inspire you to read it or listen to it as I did.
Today’s writers have many distractions stealing our writing time, so quality sometimes gets lost in the search for quanity. If a writer has so much distracting them, then what chance does the reader have? Internet, television, the ipad, laptop, xbox, playstation, work, family, friends are all clamoring for our attention.
Back when Mr. Howard was writing, there were also distractions, but stories didn’t have to compete with televisions or even movies. Work, a lack of books and education were the distractions. A lot of the classic authors started by writing for magazines and dime novels. Jack London, Ernest Heminway, and many more, went on to become masters of the pen. Overcoming the distractions of their day with intense, tight, clean writing, we have been given great gifts if we are willing to reach for them. It seems most writers today have overlooked these gems from the past. How much can we as modern day writers learn from these writers, I think it is time we pay the homage they so richly deserve. Without their writings and stories, we wouldn’t be here, the stories we grew up listening to or reading wouldn’t exist. I also believe that we should stay in touch with modern authors because in the far future they will become classic authors that those distant writers in the future will look too.
Listening to Mr. Howard’s stories have given me a new appreciation for these authors. I am looking foward to discovering new thoughts, ideas, and a better grasp of writing by studying the old masters, while staying in touch with modern authors. Hopefully I have inspired you to look beyond current writers to new old writers. Cheers, james
Yesterday I reached fifty people following me. For someone who didn’t think anyone would care about my writing, you folks are amazing. I have read at least one post from most of you. To the ones I haven’t, give me a little more time, cause I will get there. Thank you so much for believing in this blog and this wanna be writer.
Have a wonderful blessed holiday season. Cheers, james
This is a well written post that touches on the reason we write and tips that bear repeating and following often.
I just read a post about another writer beginning to like her villian. In the two stories I am working on, my villians don’t seem to have any redeeming qualities.
In Owl Story, my villian is a demon like enity trying get from the spirit world into the physical world. Power mad and thoughts of destroying the world make him feel warm and fuzzy inside, if that were possible. However, I have not delved very deeply into the character yet. I have the feeling he was part of the guardian group before he decided to be a villian. And in the previous battle, became the demon like enity he is now. Providing the motivation to take over the world or destroy it trying. Still a very unknown shadowy character.
The second bad guy character, I haven’t decided what to do with him. According to one of the main characters, he isn’t bad, something happend and he was corupted by the major bad guy. So this will allow me to redeem him, if I can add it in with the story as a blow to the bad guy or maybe send him in as a spy. I like the idea of redeeming him while he is working for the bad guy and realizes just what a sob he’s been.
Anyway those are a few thoughts about villians. How do you like your bad guys? Could they just be misunderstood and need a second chance or are they just plan evil? Cheers, james