A heroic action!?


Both tonight and last night’s writing (sorry, I didn’t get chance to blog on that occasion!) centred on the main character making a stand when needed to. He puts his neck on the line – why? He has nothing left to lose. He sees himself as expendable and has little left to live for, so he takes no account of his own well-being. What is disturbing is that he is ambivalent not just about himself, but also about those around him. In fact, something of his dark side emerges, as he demonstrates a display of aggression and almost gratification from engaging and attempting to kill the enemy. I believe he is within the 2%. What do I mean by this? Well, I intend to elaborate a little more in a future blog, something which I feel is directly relevant to the experience of battle and combat which the main character now finds himself in.

In the meantime, here are five things which I feel I am learning whilst I write this section:

  1. It’s not easy to translate something I have visualised but never experienced into written form;
  2. Vivid description is important, but it’s also important not to go over the top;
  3. Technical descriptions give validity to the text, though it’s also important to maintain simplicity;
  4. There is conflict within the character, as well as one raging on around him;
  5. War is hell – so is writing about it!

Until the next entry…..

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About Owen Law

My pen-name is ‘Owen Law’ (real name: Nicholas Davies.) I’m a science fiction writer specialising in dystopian/apocalyptic visions of the future. I’m from Shropshire, England (on the borders with Wales) and I’m in my forties. I have a background in public services and training. I’ve been working on my first novel, Dragon Line, since 2008. I’ve also written several short stories, one of which you can find on this blog (‘Matilda Leviathan‘). I now reside on the border of Shropshire and Wales, and my interests include writing (of course!), current affairs and environmental issues.
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