Happy 2015!

Wishing all my readers a Happy New Year.


WordPress Blog – Nearly Six Years On

I’m less than a month away from my sixth year anniversary of starting a blog at WordPress. During those years, I’ve blogged on a regular basic on subjects such as writing, music, photography and the performing arts, although I’ve posted less these last twelve months.  I intend to keep on blogging.

 So what are my general thoughts about the blogging process and WordPress?
  • Mostly excellent.
  • Completely free, unless someone requires additional services.
  • WordPress one of the best – if not, the best.
  • Ability to create more traditional websites using WordPress.
  • Great layout.
  • Read other blogs and meet interesting people online.
  • Powerful publishing platform.
  • Most important of all, you make the blog what you want it to be.
The disadvantages? I can think of just one. Difficult to maintain the blog.
Here’s to another six years of blogging!

Winter Is Coming – Cold, Cold, Cold!

Finally, frost has arrived on the pavements of north London and the temperature has fallen even further.  My present work as an accompanist pianist has stopped for the Christmas break, leaving me with lots of time to write.

One topic that fascinates me is the writer’s struggle to mark out the central character’s thoughts, actions and motives whilst allowing that character complete free will.  I suppose this dichotomy would exist in Theology too – but that is neither here nor there.  In terms of creative writing and fiction, the author must create a character that is independent from the author.  Yet, the author has complete control over the character’s life.  A balance that poises difficulty.

How can a writer give back free will to their characters, especially those main characters like protagonist and antagonist?

Some ideas:

  • Look inward when sifting through the character details and outward when plotting the story structure of events.  Concentrate on projection, not introversion.
  • Following on from that, modify story questions so that they’re not so personal.
  • Let themes and ideas develop, as if they were coming directly from the character rather than the author.
  • Include scenes and monologues that differ from your own.

Just a few of my thoughts.