Tuesday, 24 June 2008

The End of Jane Austen Season

I haven't done any writing in a while, not even a reply to my pen pal from Toodyay, and while that is upsetting, it is also understandable considering how much rehearsal I am doing for the school production which opens in 9 days. I still don't have my lines completely memorized... whoops.

In other news, the Jane Austen season finished on Sunday night, with Mansfield Park. I would have liked for them to also play Sense and Sensibility (although we have it on video) and Pride and Prejudice, but i suppose they did only promise a month.

After last week's blog I looked up the winners of the All Saint's Lit Festival... not really surprised that my name wasn't there, but I was still insanely disappointed. I was really quite proud of my entry and it's a shame. Still, congratulations to any of those people. I'm now placing all my wishing, hoping, dreaming on the Vignette Press, Tim Winton and West Australian
Competitions. (As well as intending to work on my Scribbler's entries. I say intend.)

I'm also still considering my 1938 novel... we went to the Army Museum with my history class last Thursday, and I think I will be either sending my protagonist to Darwin or Singapore. Maybe Crete. Definitely not to Europe.

Sorry about the weak post.

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Fortis Cadere Cedere Non Potest

"The Brave May Fall, But He Will Not Yield."

When time and circumstances are against me, this is what I will be thinking. When I am rejected by the 27th publisher, this is what I will be thinking. When I miss out on something I really want, this is what I will be thinking.

Things I am currently working on:
* Challenge set by Morgan- proving more difficult than I first thought
* Entries for Scribblers
* Novel
* Research for novel set in 1938

Things I am awaiting Notice on:
* Vignette Press Short Story Contest
* Tim Winton writing contest
* All Saints Lit Fest contest
* West Australian Young Writer's contest.

I have a funny feeling that for at least one of those, I should have heard by now if i won anything.

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

The Formula

Let's get one thing straight right now. Life is NOT a romance novel. Of all the genres, in fact, i could safely say that the romance genre is possibly the most over written and far fetched. Sure, i enjoy a good Jane Austen, but can i point one thing out here? Most romance writers are middle aged and unmarried. It is a genre built on fantasies.

I have been set a challenge of late, by my writing compadre in Toodyay. He is something of a cynic when it comes to the genre, and has asked me to write something which would impress even him. Hence this sudden bitterness towards a genre. How do i write a believable romance story in five days???

Step One- get inside the mind of my target audience: in this case a slightly secretive but highly intelligent teenage boy. Easy.

Step Two- create a character he can relate to. Also easy.

Step Three- create a female lead who would capture his interest. Ah. Problem. My cynical compadre has little interest in girls. Right, well i'll just have to make one up...and this is where it all falls apart.

Situations such as these make you look at life as though hanging upside down and peering down a hallway. Suddenly things make a little more sense. You stop and say to yourself "So that is human nature, i see now."

Depressing, really.

And so i go to write another story of teen angst and sacrifice, possibly ending in an over zealous kiss. But hopefully not.

Stay Alert. If anyone finds any outrageous cliches, i want to hear them.


Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Attack of the Rampaging Cliche

Greetings, Cyberspace...

It's officially winter now, which is a great month to cuddle up in front of a heater with a superb book and a cup of hot chocolate. Pity I'm unable to do that because of exams. Oh well, i'm almost halfway through my written exams.

That's not to say i haven't been reading at all. I've been reading quite a lot to tell the truth but its been in private. And one thing i read lately was so laden down with cliches that i decided i just had to have a rant about it.

Cliches make a book boring. Don't use them. They ruin the most tantalizing of plot lines. I'm not talking about run of the mill situation cliches either. im talking about situations where the main characters are talking to each other in an everyday conversation and they're saying movie impact lines....it just does not happen. And when a character is talking to his girlfriend, he does not say sappy love lines.

The whole way through the book this was happening. It was so obvious that the book was written by a woman. Half the so called romantic cliches included were women's fantasies, and definitely not plausible.

It makes me angry.

The moral of the story, fellows, is that write like you, not like everything you've ever heard before.