Here’s my first video blog. Here I chat about going to Fiction Blitz with Brisbane Writers Workshop and the books I’m reading and learning from.
If you watch the video, I seem to be really up close and personal. Believe me, it didn’t appear to record that way but when I uploaded it to YouTube it’s come out really close. Sorry about that.
Anyway, the Fiction Blitz writing course was great fun. Lauren Daniels, Josh Brockbank and Geneve Flynn did a great job on the day and taught us about the anatomy of a scene, rhetorical devices, how to use allusion in story to create original metaphors, how to write a strong female protagonist and then went into what editors do when manuscripts are submitted.
I found the course to be entertaining, engaging and informative. I learned how to recognise rhetorical devices through an exercise which has been extremely helpful.
Also, at lunchtime, Josh Donnellan dropped in for some Q&A with us.
He was funny, reflective and honest about his writing experiences. He signed his books on the day and let me take a few photos too.
During the course we did an exercise to help us understand how to write a scene with different emotional tones. And it was amazing to see the difference when I read back what I’d written and how different the first one was to the second version. Basically, we started out in a happy place and ended in a place of murder but had to describe the area without using key telling words such has blood and murder. It was an excellent exercise.
Here’s a couple of video movie trailers I created to show you two different tones of Fiction Blitz.
The first one is an action theme.
The second one is a pirate / swashbuckling theme.
Lauren Daniels and Josh Brockbank are teaching in the video components. And you can see images of Lauren with Josh Donellan at the end of each trailer.
I hope you enjoyed watching them.
Happy writing and reading.