Writing Inspiration from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge

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I cursed the day when man filmed the first reality show.

There’s nothing more annoying than someone being followed by a camera and talking useless trivia.

But I didn’t realise that reality shows also spanned to people with a purpose (and I’ve been watching Pawn Stars all this time).

The latest, and surprisingly inspiring, is Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge on SyFy channel.

For a fantasy writer like me, coming across this show was like tripping over an ancient Egyptian vase in your back yard.

Who is Jim Henson?

So in case you didn’t know, Jim Henson is the creator of the Muppets. He also created several characters in Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, and the Storyteller, and his studio produced movies like Dark Crystal and the Labyrinth.

While he passed away several years ago, he left quite a legacy.

In the reality show Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, several […]

Revising the Pitch for My Novel

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If you’ve been following me for a while now, then you probably know than am looking for an agent for my debut novel, Guardian of the Cursed Crown.

One of the important elements I need to accomplish this is an intriguing pitch.

If you’re wondering what a pitch is, then just turn around any book or dvd case and you’ll get a good example.

A pitch is like a more fleshed out version of a blurb, describing a book in a couple sentences in a way the catches the attention of agents and readers.

Sometimes the words pitch and blurb are used interchangeably, but I’m not so sure they’re the same thing.

The Elements of a Good Pitch

A good pitch points out the key elements of a story without revealing too much. It can’t be too wordy.

Of course, you can’t reveal […]

The Real Purpose of Facebook for Writers

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I’ll just go ahead and say it: I hate Facebook.

With that, I could imagine music scratching to a halt, loud gasps filling the air, and chairs dragging on the floor as everyone turns to see who is the weirdo that dared to make such a blasphemous statement.

But it’s true, and I say it without apology.

Just a couple of seconds on the damn site fills me with more pain than having to watch a marathon of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Why Do I Hate Facebook So Much?

It’s too distracting.

Everyone’s poking everything, inviting you to play Candy Crush, checking out pictures, sending flirty messages. Basically doing nothing productive (and I already spend enough time doing nothing productive).

You would think that a place as text intensive as Facebook would be a writer’s dream, right?

But it’s not.

Reason being is that […]

Collecting Rejections for My Writing

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So I’m pretty much finished writing my first novel, Guardian of the Cursed Crown.

After two and a half years, five drafts, and advice from beta readers, I’d say it’s almost ready for the world.

From here I can go two ways. The first is to get an agent. Once I’ve hooked one, then she will get a professional editor, a book cover designer, and push to get it published.

Now, actually getting an agent is one of those many things in the world that’s easy to say but hard to do.

So How Exactly do You Get an Agent?

I’ve been finding agents through blogs like Writer’s Digest. Note that not every agent is interested in every genre, so it’s always good to read their about page.

If an agent is suitable, you shoot them a query letter, which […]

A Fantasy Writer at NGC Bocas Literature Fest

I always thought writing was a solo affair.

Why wouldn’t it be? You don’t need other people around to write. All you need is a pen and paper (or a laptop).

But it’s actually recommended that writers band together to improve their craft.

We need to let other writers read and criticize our work from a writer’s perspective. Are the characters believable? Is the dialogue on point? How’s the story arc? Is this an info dump?

That’s how writers get better.

The best way to do this is with a writing group.

So where can I find a group of writers to hang out with in Trinidad? Well, the NGC Bocas Literature Fest, of course.

It sounded like a good idea in theory, but in practice, not so much.

So What is the NGC Bocas Literature Fest?

It’s an annual conference held in Trinidad and Tobago at Port-of-Spain’s national library that covers as much about books and […]

Can You Travel and Write? Here’s My Answer

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I had the pleasure of visiting California recently to attend a conference. The concept was that, while I attended the conference during the day, I would continue my writing during the night (and early mornings) just like what I normally do at home in sweet Trinidad and Tobago.

It would be like I never left. Easy enough, right?

Except, I was not at home. I did leave.

I was in an entirely different country. And because of that, I did absolutely no writing at all.

Have you ever experienced this? Is travelling and writing (or any other hobby, exercise maybe) a problem?

It is for me. I know because this isn’t the first time I’ve tried.

Why Can’t I Travel and Write?

For me, the problem happens because there’s too much action going on. The conference had all these after hour social events, and […]

Use Newton’s Law to Put the Inertia Back Into Your Writing

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It’s amazing what you learn at the Barbershop. It can range from what’s the real purpose of a goatee to the best way to discipline your kids.

The most recent and surprising lesson I learned was about writing.

While going through the annoying and almost fortnightly process of getting a haircut, my barber reminded me of a rule that was long lost in history: an object at rest needs more force to move than an object in motion.

How this reminder came up is a long story, and beside the point. It got me thinking about circuit boards and centripetal forces and equations that jump over each other. And somehow writing snuck in there.

Have you been struggling to get back in the writing zone? Is the thought of writing more painful than cooking for your mother-in-law?

If yes, then maybe this […]

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Welcome to Knights Writes, a blog where you will find science fiction fantasy stories, and writing tips for anyone interested in becoming a writer.

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