This is my study Bible for the next couple of months, I’ll reckon.
I have been using WordPress to do blogs and things like this for a while, and whereas I know that it is an incredibly powerful piece of kit if you know how to use it, I have never used it in this capacity.
But now, I am thinking;
I don’t really know how to do web design very well. Layouts and things look dated when I do them, and as for usability… Well…
There will need to be a lot of quality assurance.
But WordPress? What if I used WordPress to its full potential? What if I used WordPress, or something similar, to host my website?
What I am creating is essentially an archive of articles and artefacts; it’s a blog, really.
So why not take something I already know how to use, a bit, and create something more with it?
This would probably save me a lot of money, too, instead of buying Domain and Server space…
I’ll definitely have a think about it.
To write well, one must write
and write often.
To write well, one must read well:
reading often and reading closely.
Storytelling is contagious –
reading will spark the fuel of your imagination.
But storytelling has also been going on for as long as mankind has existed.
You should know what’s been said and how it has been said to do it well yourself.
To write well, one must treat writing both seriously and playfully, balancing the discipline of hard work with the pleasures of creativity.
Readers only respect writers who care enough to do both with vigor.
And they can spot lazy writing from a mile away.
To write well, one must first be willing to make a lot of mistakes in the name of experimentation and practice.
Otherwise, one goes stale or repeats the same errors indefinitely.
Or worse: one might become fatally boring…to readers and to oneself.
To write well, one must be willing to share writing with others, to get a sense of how readers respond to one’s efforts.
Never forget that writing is foremost an act of communication.
And if writing is an experiment, then workshopping is a way of testing the results of it.
Again: To write well, one must really care what readers think.
Often a reader’s needs are more important than the writer’s goals in telling a story. Sometimes you have to be willing to “kill your darlings.”
Yet to write well, one must not think of writing as a slavish act of catering to one’s audience — or as mandatory homework assigned by a teacher.
Writing is something magical that originates from within:
storytelling is one of the many ways we all have of expressing ourselves and discovering ourselves.
Even in fantasy, we” write what we know”
and yet, when we are doing it right, we surprise ourselves with our own imagination.
To write well is to tell stories consciously. We’re all already fictioneers,
we’re always telling stories in our everyday lives,
whether we know it or not.
But what separates a fiction writer from an everyday storyteller, however, is a particular attention paid to crafting the language and a purposeful massaging of the core elements of narrative to produce the desired audience response…
Something emotionally resonant or truthful…
Something approaching art.
“To Write Well”
Excerpted from a syllabus for a course in
The Writing of Fiction
by Michael Arnzen, Ph.D. | Seton Hill University(http://michaelarnzen.com)
It has come to my attention that, in order to get the attention of people, perhaps once postcard might not be enough?
After a meeting with my producer, Roz, we feel that it might be better to send three or four sets of postcards, staggering them over a longer amount of time. Only once the receiver has all of the postcards will they be able to put together the clues that will lead them to Malice and allow them to discover the rest of the story for themselves.
This will take the cost up a bit, but it might make it a bit more interactive, if there is some sort of mystery to solve over a few months, rather than hedging my bets on one postcard per person.
The alternative to this is that, without anything to pursue, people may receive the first cards and not follow it any further if they hit a brick wall…
Perhaps it would only require any one of the postcards to get the receiver onto the website, but until a certain time, the website would only contain a countdown timer and perhaps some sort of clues? That way, they might know that they have hit upon the right thing, but that it is not ready for them yet.
It is something to consider over the coming weeks. Do I want to put all my bets on one card, or do I want to send a few, making it more likely that I will get a response, but potentially lose those who might hit on the first card? It’s a gamble. One I will consider over the next month.
I have created a Pinterest board for some of my research, in the hopes that this might be able to help people get a better idea of what I am trying to achieve. I will continue to add to it, but it can be found here. I am hoping that this will act as a sort of mood board, without the need to destroy a bunch of magazines I like, or old photographs, or without wasting tonnes of printer ink.
I have been thinking about designs for my postcards and the website. I think the main Image I want to try and achieve when attempting to represent Malice-Upon-Woe can be summed up with five examples: