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Saturday, 14 September 2013

H.G. Wells and Mickey Spillane

What have the following authors got in common?

Aileen Armitage, Isaac Asimov, Tracy Chevalier, Charles Dickens, George MacDonald Fraser, Stephen King, Elmore Leonard, Gabriel García Márquez, J.B. Priestley, Annie Proulx,  Georges Simenon, Mickey Spillane, Jim Thompson, J.R.R. Tolkein, Anthony Trollope, Mark Twain, Mary Webb, H.G. Wells, Oscar Wilde, Jacqueline Winspear.
H.G. Wells
Mickey Spillane
They’re all mentioned in Write a western in 30 Days

Why? They haven’t written westerns!
Writers should read as well as write. That’s a given.

Naturally, they should be familiar with their preferred genre. But to expand knowledge of fiction writing, to learn, always learn, it’s essential to read outside the genre as well.
Almost all published authors can provide insights into the handling of emotion, conflict and atmosphere; they can show how scenes come alive, how description draws the reader into the fictional world. Some of their personal stories can inspire, such as Aileen Armitage’s and Asimov’s, while others will show writers that the pitfalls faced are not new, they’ve been encountered and overcome before.

As several reviews stipulate, Write a western in 30 Days – with plenty of bullet points isn’t simply about writing a western. It’s a very useful guide about writing genre fiction.


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