December 7, 2013 by musehick
It’s been an interesting week – I have started a few different fiction projects and they feel well-salted, like they have been curing or marinating in my mind for a while before they were brought screaming and kicking into the world. I am modelling them on a 52 chapter structure and they will be put out as weekly serials, and when completed online they will make their transition to hard copy.
Last week I finished watching seven series of Doctor Who and re-watched the 50th anniversary special, digging into the nuances of the character, and the way individual, apparently standalone episodes are expertly building towards a cohesive climax and unified whole. Watching in this way, while enjoying, teaches you more about the writing process than a talking head ever will.
This week, today to be exact, I finished watching Breaking Bad, and again, if you want to learn how to write, how to build something which works episodically, sequentially, and as a coherent whole, this is a master-class. It keeps you on the edge of your seat, is compelling, surprising, intense, dramatically always on point; and possessed of an integrity in the writing that is something which should be wholeheartedly celebrated.
A whole bunch of books I am working on are knitting into the portrait of a world. Marvel Universe, DC Universe – this is the scope of what I am attempting and will achieve. Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll know I can swing and hit it out of the park.
Some heavy-hitting poetry books are waking up in my back-brain. This year is going to be busy.