For my first storytelling review on YouTube I decided to choose The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. It’s a great classic for a reason. Wilde’s poetic writing, his plot twists and Dorian Gray’s character arc mold the story of the narcissistic Dorian Gray. Warning: spoilers ahead!
Becoming a writer, especially a creative writer, should only be done when you truly love the written word. What makes writing so different from other jobs? Well… you’ll write a hell of a lot of words without getting paid before you might possibly eventually get somewhere. So, you’d better love what you’re doing.
If there were two minutes left, what would you do? Nora mulled it over as she looked out over the city. The bonfire roared in the middle of the central square. The flames blazed up, snapped and danced as erratically as her own temper.
Nora’s long fingers stroked Bentley’s neck. The warmth underneath its scales gave away the impatience simmering inside its body. It craned its neck and its jaw snapped.
‘We’ll get there soon, Ben. It has to be done.’ The bonfire reflected in Bentley’s eyes. They were as big as Nora’s fist by now. They’d grow bigger, she was sure.
From a distance a loud cry sounded. Nora placed her foot on one of Bentley’s leathery wings and pulled herself up. She clenched her thighs around the dragon’s neck and took a firm hold of two large scales.
The cry was followed by the sound of a horn. Nora whistled and Bentley started moving, its great talons clawing through dirt and stone alike. Continue reading “Griar’s Fate (Short Story #2)”
David Farland’s Story Doctor blog is a wonderful source of writing advice for new writers. I discovered he had a blog via the Writing Excuses podcast. Farland really is an expert in his field as he has taught students for many years.
Who’s David Farland?
David Farland (real name Dave Wolverton) is a teacher as well as a fantasy and sf-author. Farland has taught many now published authors the skills they needed. Amongst them are Brandon Sanderson and James Dashner. Right now, he organises several writing workshops, which you can take and other aspiring authors can take. Continue reading “Great writing advice from David Farland’s blog”