The Olympic Games

Welcome to a brand new week and the start of our new posting schedule! Don’t forget, you can leave me your feedback using the form that appears above.

I just wanted to talk a little bit today about the Olympics. I watched the GB team win a lot of gold and silver over the weekend and thought it was pretty impressive, seeing how we weren’t expected to win very much at all. It got me thinking that the support of the crowds and fans at home probably contribute towards some of their success and give them a real boost both in confidence and focus.

As a writer, it would be really nice to have a stadium full of fans there to cheer me on when I need it. You can’t lie, it would be pretty damn nice, wouldn’t it? Having said that, I do have my family who encourage me and show interest in what I do, so that’s a huge bonus.

Usain Bolt

As part of this Monday post, I’m going to set you all a challenge.

Think of an Olympic event that has inspired you recently and try to capture some of its spirit to infuse into your writing. Whether it’s Usain Bolt winning gold with ease, Andy Murray beating Federer or America’s domination of the swimming pool. Find out what inspires you about these things and try to use that to inspire your readers in the same way.

That’s all for today. Remember, there’s no new post on either Tuesdays or Thursdays, but there is plenty of other stuff to check out on the blog when you visit. Check along the sidebar on the right-hand side and you’ll find reviews, interviews, writing advice and tons more! Make sure you come back Wednesday!

~ James

Motivation

Today, I wanted to share some thoughts on motivation. Not motivation in the sense of you as a writer, but in the sense of your characters. If you think about it, motivation falls under two categories: Good and Bad. If, for example, I’m working really hard to become a nuclear physicist because I want to build a weapon to kill millions, that is bad motivation. If, however, I’m robbing a bank because I can’t afford to pay for my dying son’s life-saving surgery, that is good motivation.

As well as this, there are many sub-categories:

Money, power, love, revenge, hatred, loyalty etc.

It’s pretty fun to take one of these themes and then think about how a character uses that as their motivation. An interesting and deep antagonist might be someone who’s motivated out of loyalty to the protagonist but ends up causing more harm than good. The possibilities are pretty much endless.

Anyway, must dash for now. I’ll put up another bite-sized post later on this evening.

~ James