Ten things I love about writing ‘Dragon Line’


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Okay, time for a bit of a break from working on the second draft of the novel! And it’s certainly a task, given that I’m still suffering from this viral fatigue thing! How much longer? I’ve hardly been out of the house in over a week!

So, to cheer myself up a bit, I’ve decided to give you a list of the top ten things which have made writing this novel such a pleasure. Ready? Here goes!

1. Every time I’ve worked on a section of Dragon Line, it’s been like stepping back into my own special world that I’ve created. This may sound a bit autistic, but then that’s really what writing is all about to me! It’s difficult to explain, but it’s like the world I’ve depicted has its own dynamic, and each time I begin writing a section it seems to grow more and more, even becoming ‘real’ in some sense. Not that I want to sound as though I’m detaching myself from reality or anything! In many ways, for me the book is a strange mirror echo of the real world and the way it is going. It’s just that creating and developing a special world for my story is both compelling and very fulfilling! I’d recommend it to anyone to give it a try!

2. It’s also very relaxing! What a great way to unwind after a hard and, sometimes frustrating day at work!

3. It’s my story at the end of the day, one that was conceived ten years ago and has finally made it into an abstract yet tangible written form. It’s been a real pleasure to see it grow and reach the goal of existing in a completed manuscript in first draft form (though there’s still a fair way to go in terms of editing!)

4. Creating characters that I can relate to (and also, who have something of me in each of them!) Especially Patrick and Llew! Llew to me is the archetypal hero mentor who every ‘little boy’ should have as a role model to look up to. For me, when I was a kid, it was Clint Eastwood! Llew is in the same sort of vein, though he has a distinctly ‘human frailty’ side as well! Eventually, you should be able to read the book to find out!

5. It’s set in some of my favourite locations, especially my home county of Shropshire and North Wales. I do tend to go on holiday there a lot, so that’s an ideal opportunity to do some research around the novel. We’re going there next month again – and my Flip camera will be coming with me! Standby for some nice locations on video!

6. It’s great to create interesting plots and sub-plots, and try and weave them into the overall thread of the story. I’m not saying that their brilliant of course! But it keeps me enthralled!

7. It’s also a great way to improve my grammatical and literal style, just by working on one epic novel as opposed to a number of short stories and novels based on different themes. They say that you should start off by writing short stories and the like, but for me this doesn’t work personally. I decided that I had this concept for a novel, which I wanted to transpose into written text – so I just got on with it! It’s certainly been very obvious, reading the early chapters, how much I think my style of writing seems to have progressed over the past year or so! (Not that I’m precluding writing some short stories, of course! I hope to write some spin-offs very soon!)

8. It’s a vehicle for a lot my own personal interests. Some of those have already become apparent in some of my earlier posts on this blog. Others will be revealed in the near future and when the novel hopefully makes it into print!

9. There’s a lot of scope for sequels to this novel, which I’m already thinking about planning. Possibly a trilogy? We shall see….

10. I just love writing! That’s it really!

So there you have it – what I’ve got out of writing Dragon Line. If you’re a budding writer, I hope it inspires you to give it a try too! I’d thoroughly recommend it!

Stand-by for some more Dragon Line ‘top-tens’ in the near future!

Until the next time….

Owen Law

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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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