Sunday, 14 April 2013

Writing the news!

'A book is a friend that does what no friend can do - stay quiet when you want to think!'

The process of storytelling involves the dissemination of events that come together and create responses in the characters that you have created. In other words you have your people tell each other the news. It is an integral part of the story writing process. Sometimes the information imparted is good, sometimes bad and sometimes emotional. Which ever there is a need for good description and the inclusion of emotion. It makes your tale 'real'. A little like this:-

Newcastle 0 v 3 Sunderland

The Geordie crowd were left puzzled, dumbfounded and miserable when their near neighbours Sunderland took on their team and scored three excellent goals to take all three points. The scoreline did not flatter the visitors but left the home team helpless. The depth of despair of the supporters was measurable in the numbers who left the ground before the final whistle was blown.
By the same token the Sunderland fans stayed late to celebrate with the players who saluted them from the turf on which they'd performed admirably. The smiles, cheers and noise were testimony to the highest level of satisfaction that could have possibly been achieved on this windswept and blustery Sunday afternoon. One certain fact and there will be some sore heads in the morning on Wearside.

Within the above article there are adjectives describing emotion and as in a news item they may well be piled on top of each other. The piece of news could be made longer with greater description of individual events and so the above is about the length you may find in the initial paragraph of a newspaper article. I have read some stories where the author has indulged themselves in pages of description to illustrate a point and I wonder to what end. I am reading 'Les Miserables' at the moment and Victor Hugo wrote whole chapters of description to support the development of a character, Fantine in particular. The problem is that it becomes boring if you go on too long. Congratulations to Boublil and Schonberg in making this turgid story into a wonderful musical.

On the other hand I was persuaded to read 'Wolf Hall' by Hilary Mantel which is not a quick read but is a good read. She uses an interesting technique to have her main character, Thomas Cromwell, to tell the story. She writes in the third person and never refers to him as anything but 'He'. This technique I found difficult to hang on to at first, when a paragraph would begin with 'He' and initially you have to think about who she is writing, but once you are into it it works!


The links to ebooks and paperbacks are at the side of this page.

First Steele novel - 'I Have To Get it Right'  - Steele's first steps into the murky world of injustice.

2nd Book - 'The 51st State' - Should we really be aligning ourselves so closely to the USA? What did Steele do about it?

3rd Book - 'The Biter Bit' - Is Patrick A Steele always as invincible as he first appears?

4th Book - 'A Changed Reality' - Society is not what it was. Crime is on the increase and Patrick is busier than ever and his relationship with Naomi is also changing. A 'changed reality' in more than one sense.

5th Book - 'Inceptus' - Still under construction but in its death throes. The end is nigh! How will Steele's relationship develop or will it end in tragedy? Does he survive to fight on against injustice? Watch this space for an announcement regarding the release of this latest story.

God Bless