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December 12, 2013 by musehick

I am watching The Wire, and if you want a masterclass on writing – how to line up seemingly disparate parts to cohere into a nicely polished story that checks all the boxes, and carries it off without short-changing you on character development for a single one of the cast … this is it.

I often advocate this method of learning over sitting down with a guidebook. Guidebooks are descriptive and work like non-diegetic tracks in a movie – sure, they can work sometimes, but they just as often take you out of the movie; well, a guidebook lifts you up and out of the artform of writing. Watching something that is a product of good writing is an immersive way of learning. You want to learn to swim? You do not read a book about it – you splash around in the water.

Speaking of water: click below to check out a facebook exclusive.

fate brook coverI am going to be starting the whole thing up again of premièring books on different sites, because I know people only like certain sites, and if they follow me there I want to say thank you. Work work work – and give to the people who show you support; it’s not a bad philosophy.

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