Writing for real – part I

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I knew the heart of Flowers of Fate was going to be a supercharged take on Goldilocks; about a golden-haired witch and three rampaging berserks, but in order for Sunday to find those cursed warriors I had to get her to the land of such heroes (or villains as the case may be). The last we see of her is in Britain, and so somehow I had to get her ‘up north’ into Viking lands. How I did this I’ll let the story tell, but I selected one northern land I knew well enough, and this is where Sunday begins Flowers of Fate. The beach of black volcanic sand is real and can be found at Vik, along Iceland’s southern coast. Having walked it a few times I felt I could conjure it effectively enough for the reader. I almost always base fictional locations on real places – with a few twists of course. I find the key to convincing and enjoyable writing is to observe. I keep a note book and record anything that catches my attention. Looking through it recently I found this note, written after a bout of snowy weather: ‘The snow’s all but gone, except for behind the dry-stone walls, where it looks like lines of white dust-sheets rolled away after a decorating job’. One day it might find a place in my books, or maybe not, it doesn’t really matter. What does matter is taking the time to notice these things, and in doing so you’ll be sharpening your imagination.

4 thoughts on “Writing for real – part I

  1. Evelyn Steward.

    Good ideas as usual. I do similar things, or have done over the years. However, many if mine are stored in my brain, so long as I have it, to be openef at some point to jog me so that I can add parts to what I am doing at the time. This can also be pictures.
    Evelyn

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    1. Steve Hutton Post author

      hi Evelyn, I tend to rely on memory too but if I’m writing about being in a woodland, for instance, providing it’s convenient, I’ll take a walk through the woods as a refresher and just observe (-:

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