Word Values

Learning to write… hopefully.

Fan Fiction

It’s frowned upon, I know, which I think is a real shame. Some of that stuff is amazing. I’m not linking to my own as it was started when I was 14 and has been halfway through book 3 for over 10 years but there’s some other great material. I had to Google it but apparently it was T.S Eliot who said “good writers borrow, great writers steal.”

And that’s sort of where fan fiction is. Mine are Harry Potter related but they’re far from the only ones, with thousands of others for Narnia, Middle Earth, Panem, Twilight and others – indeed the 50 Shades series began as Twilight fan fiction. I’ve not read either series so can’t really say how much remains of the original or how good either is, but that’s not the point.

The point is they’re a springboard. Unsure of your own story? Start with someone else’s! I know that ideas, characters and plot lines that I invented during my Harry Potter days directly influenced other writing down the line. They may not get used, of course, but they started the thought process.

If nothing else, it’s a lot of fun and some school teachers seem to like it; I got very good marks for the River God (Wilbur Smith) short story written back at secondary school…



OK, let’s try and keep some momentum. I’m fully aware that it is likely this blog will be read by very few if any other people but, JUST in case it does, I won’t be scribbling everything down. After all, I am a closet racist homophobe.

This won’t be long, I just want to keep notes about what I am currently working on in the hope that it will spur me on. So, this morning, I’ve been working on a writing competition from Writing Magazine. I’m new to that magazine and have not read any writing magazines or blogs before – barring a couple of articles – so don’t really know what approach to take. One of the competitions due to close soon is a short story written as “Dialogue only”. So, I’m going to pilfer wholesale from my own back catalogue into a Flash Fiction idea I had a few years ago that I’ve always been fond of.

It’s called “Lexicon Warfare” and revolves around the concept of word viruses; a new form of violence to add to the list alongside biological and chemical attrocities. Phrased like that it’s a pretty harrowing idea but I’m fully aware that it is utterly ridiculous so I’ve got to find the fine balance between dark and farce. We’ll see how it goes. I’ve only ever entered one competition before – Thr Bridport Prize – so I don’t know what really to expect.

Oh – and I’ll change the pictures from the stock ones at some point. Promise.

Word Values

I have never had a blog. Everything about this is new to me. This is a factual blog. Or possibly a speculative blog. A series of rhetorical questions? Perhaps?

Given that I really am just writing and hoping something sticks, I’ll probably keep this first entry brief until I have a better idea of where it’s going to end up – so I’ll simply explain why I chose the title.

“Word Values”

It’s not a Scrabble reference, I promise. If it is a literary reference, or a famous song lyric, or a quote from a notable individual then that’s just an accident. I chose this title as it is the key to absolutely all writing; which words, which order, how many of them… what is their value? Script Writing, novels, copywriting, social media blogs, advertising slogans, Hogwarts spells – the success or failure of each enterprise hinges on the words chosen. This blog and, I sincerely hope, my future works will perhaps demonstrate this.

I won’t go into detail now as I’m still learning what type of writer I am. All I will say is my goal. Regardless of what I write before then, regardless of time and money, here is what I want from my writing career:

To write an episode of Doctor Who.

Let’s see how I do…

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