I’ve just spent the last 2 days traveling up to Brisbane and back, pleased that I managed to miss flying through a super cell that formed south of the airport, but during this time I decided to take Terry Brook’s Sometimes The Magic Works – Lessons From A Writing Life (published by Random House Ballantine in 2003) and read it as a bit of a writing refresher. It’s a great inspirational book and I recommend it. Two chapters (for writers) were particularly important and I’m going to jot down Terry’s Top Ten Writing Tips. It got me thinking about a couple of things. One was about me re-reading his Shannara Series, of which I noted in his book mention of him having to fulfill a writing commitment to produce more of them. And two, was about where he was in his writing career. I “Internet-Searched” Terry (sorry not using the G-word today), to see how he is getting on and to check on the status of those books I have to admit having neglected from his series. Wow! What a time to have looked at his status. At 71 he is going strong. Not only that but Shannara is a movie series. Where have I been? So now this post has two purposes. To highlight a point about writing for writers and to obviously spread the word about his books and the movie adaption.
ADVICE FOR WRITERS…
1 – Write What You Know.
2 – Your Characters Must Behave In A Believable Fashion.
3 – A Protagonist Must Be Challenged By A Conflict That Requires Resolution.
4 – Movement Equals Growth; Growth Equals Change; Without Change, Nothing Happens.
5 – The Strength Of The Protagonist Is Measured By The Threat Of The Antagonist.
6 – Show Don’t Tell.
7 – Avoid The Grocery Shopping List To Describing Characters.
8 – Characters Must Always Be In A Story For A Reason.
9 – Names Are Important.
10 – Don’t Bore The Reader.
Here is a great U-Tube clip that runs for about 14 minutes about Terry Brooks. Here he is giving an overview about why he writes fantasy (and elves). It’s good, and taken in 2012, so it’s also current.
But the exciting news about the Shannara series is that it is making its way to the movie screen, and I was surprised to find out that it is happening right now!
Published on Oct 10, 2015
Coming to MTV in January 2016, ‘The Shannara Chronicles’ is a new TV series based on the best-selling fantasy novels by Terry Brooks. Set thousands of years after the destruction of our civilization, the story follows an Elven Princess, Amberle, a half-human half-elf, Wil, and a human, Eretria, as they embark on a quest to stop a Demon army from destroying the Four Lands.
‘The Shannara Chronicles’ stars Poppy Drayton, Austin Butler, Ivana Baquero, Manu Bennett and John Rhys-Davies. The series is executive produced by Jon Favreau, Al Gough, Miles Millar, Dan Farah, Jonathan Liebesman and author Terry Brooks.
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