Friday 26 July 2013

Guest Post: Writing Life by Graeme Brown

About the Book
The Pact
by Graeme Brown

Enter the world of Will Lesterall, a boy who’s grown up in the safety of his father’s castle. Tales of the outside world ruled by warring kings and creatures of nightmare have never seemed a threat, yet on the night celebrating the two hundredth year of the sacred Pact that has kept Fort Lesterall safe, a secret intrigue ripens, and in the course of a few hours Will is confronted with a choice greater than he can comprehend.

Join an unlikely hero as destiny pulls him into the middle of an ancient conflict between fallen gods and ambitious women, one that demands blood, both holy and wicked, and the power of an ancient fire bound in steel. As swords clash below a watching wood, hope and betrayal war as fiercely as fear and valor.

Whether he lives or dies, Will Lesterall will never be the same.  

Guest Post

A Day in My Writing Life
by Graeme Brown

I write every day. Usually, I get up around 5am and read for an hour or two. On an ideal day I go for a run or do yoga, but if I had a bad sleep I will go to the university and do my math research until lunch time. I don’t like writing in the morning. I like to let my juices simmer for a while, but not too long, so I find mid-day is the best.

Starting a writing session looks like this:

I have a black box full of small sheets. These are the growing outlines, character and setting sketches, maps, and world-building notes I keep organized and add to every time I discover something new about my story. I have rough sketches for future books—basically anything as it comes to me—including the arc for the current tale I’m telling (The Pact, and A Thousand Roads, its sequel). Someday this box may become a filing cabinet, but I hope to have an office by the time that happens.

When I start writing, I spread out all the sheets I might need. Usually I spend about ten minutes going over the outlines and looking at character profiles. This helps me to connect to the story. I’ll open my manuscript on the computer and start reading over old work. Sometimes, if I got my run in early or have one of those inspiring days, I already have sentences, ideas, or dialogues in my head waiting to get scribbled down, and this gives me a good starting point. Usually, though, I have a hard time, and don’t end up writing anything that doesn’t get deleted until I’ve been at the computer for about twenty minutes.

I write slow, think long about what I write, polish, tweak, what have you. That way, revision for me isn’t about fixing up lazy writing, it’s about addressing larger things like inconsistent plots or character motives, development issues, poor pacing, reordering exposition—things like that. In an hour (typical session) I usually write about 500 words worth keeping. I’ve done 2400 once, and that took me all night.

A day in my writing life always has its rewards. I feel like I know my story a little better, like it’s closer to the form I’m trying to get it into, even if that means I leave a session aware of a huge flaw that needs to be addressed tomorrow. I have a hard time getting started, but when it’s time to stop I don’t want to. A day in my writing life always ends with me eager for the next one.

Graeme Brown is has been enchanted by the epic fantasy genre since he was a child, and consequently he started creating his own world with its stories at the age of thirteen. Influenced by writers like J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert Jordan, and George R. R. Martin, he has finally brought the first of those stories to life with his debut title, a short story called The Pact—48 pages that will whisk you away to a dark, medieval fantasy world with gritty realism.   When he’s not writing, he can be found exploring number theory problems or writing computer programs, training for a marathon, or unwinding in a yoga hot room. He has also explored other facets of art, both as a hobby and a profession, including vector graphics, pen and ink, classical piano, and web design. Despite being a full time student and a junior editor for Champagne Books, he makes sure to do a little writing every day. He is presently busy with the first of many sequels to The Pact, A Thousand Roads.   Website:  
Twitter: @GraemeBrownWpg


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