In my last blog I wrote about the generosity of other writers. There are so many who are willing to share their points of view, what they’ve learned and how others can learn from their mistakes. I like that.
Currently I’m setting the scene for a battle between the good guys and the bad guys. The thing here is that you simply can’t just launch into something and say, battle ensued. Where’s the context? Where’s the development of expectation? Where’s the satisfaction when battle does commence and your bad-ass good guys go against the bad-ass bad guys? I’ve already mentioned one of the bad-ass groups I’ve developed in a previous post. They’re called The Schlachten and comprise those who have been dropped from society, the ‘invisible’ poor, the discards you might also call them. Unfortunately there are too many of them in too many countries for them to be missed. Hence the ease with which the Shadow and their human partners are so easily able to fly these discards to Brazil where they are placed into pods and some months later come out, reborn as it were, and with no sense of morality. Their brain is wiped of such childish concepts as right or wrong. There are only the orders from the Control which they follow to the letter.
Unfortunately, fortunately(?), there is a cost to this change in their physical state; they only have sixty days of life once they come out of the pod and the countdown is ‘initiated’. This is where science and fantasy come into play. If you’re going to have fantasy, especially when it’s set in modern day, some element of it must ring true. Hence research. Hence listening to other writers, independent and sharing writers, and learning from them all.
So, to all my fellow writers, keep up with the generosity, it will be repaid. In this life, (book), or in your next, (book). Finally, if you think I can help, then please don’t hesitate to let me know and I will respond. Positively. Always positively.
‘Never leave anyone behind…’