The Technology of Fiction : how to write great novels and short stories.

Damien Walter, Writer for The Guardian, BBC, Wired.

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10 Lessons (1h 26m)
    • 1. Intro to the Technology of Fiction.

      7:21
    • 2. Why is writing hard?

      6:08
    • 3. Why is writing easy?

      4:11
    • 4. The thematic genius of Iain M Banks - part 1

      12:15
    • 5. The thematic genius of Iain M Banks - part 2

      10:34
    • 6. The thematic genius of Iain M Banks - part 3

      7:12
    • 7. How does M John Harrison enter a story? Part 1

      10:37
    • 8. How does M John Harrison enter a story? Part 2

      15:19
    • 9. The shattered realities of William Gibson

      8:17
    • 10. Your turn to shatter reality.

      4:14
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Project Description

Now it's your turn to SHATTER REALITY like William Gibson, the awesome author of Neuromancer and Pattern Recognition.

Like Gibson, you will begin by creating a seamless reality in words.

Select a memory from your life. A real event, that you remember vibrantly. Write 1000 words (just 1000!) to describe the event in detail. Give special attention to visual details.

Now, SHATTER the reality you have created with "eyeball kicks", startling details that do not belong in the reality you have created. Include 3 to 5 eyeball kicks in your 1000 word piece.

EXAMPLE.

I have described a childhood memory of growing up in a sweet shop. One example of an eye ball kick might be replacing the sweets in the shop with ALIEN EGGS!

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