New Series 8 Doctor Who Trailers

A little behind I know on the Doctor Who news! Sorry!

The BBC has released two new trailers for the next series, starting on 23rd August 2014 (UK).

The first a 15 second trail that has the Doctor, sitting on top of the TARDIS, telling us to Listen. You can view that one here:

The second one however is 35 seconds long and reveals some of the monsters that he and Clara will be encountering in the next series. The Doctor is again wondering if he is a good man and says he has made many mistakes and needs to do something about it. Clara then asks where they are going and the Doctor tells her “Into Darkness”. Take a look at the trailer:

Steven Moffat, Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman have also done an interview with Empire magazine. Moffat and Capaldi both say the next series is going to be darker than the earlier series, which probably explains the “into darkness” line in the trailer and tallies with what Capaldi revealed to Empire about his Doctor.

He said, “He’s more alien than he’s been for a while. He doesn’t quite understand human beings or really care very much about their approval.” Jenna Coleman has said that in comparison to Matt’s Doctor, Clara doesn’t feel quite as safe. “With Matt’s Doctor [Clara] felt quite safe, really. She knew she’d be caught if she was in danger, but this guy is a lot less human-friendly and a lot less patient. He’s more removed and inaccessible. You can’t quite access him in the same way.”

(The article can be read by heading to the Empire Magazine website).

This probably means that the next series will be closer in line with the Classic Who episodes and children will be hiding behind the sofa or a cushion much more so since the reboot began in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston as the 9th Doctor.

What do you guys think? Do you want a return in some ways to the feel of the older episodes or would you rather they stuck to what has worked since it’s return to our screens in 2005? What do you think the trailers say will happen in the next series of Doctor Who? Don’t be afraid to comment below!

The Worst Ways to Begin Your Novel: Advice from Literary Agents

Something to consider when preparing a manuscript to send off to agents.

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No one reads more prospective novel beginnings than literary agents.

They’re the ones on the front lines, sifting through inboxes and slush piles. And they’re the ones who can tell us which Chapter One approaches are overused and cliché, as well as which techniques just plain don’t work.

Below find a smattering of feedback from experienced literary agents on what they hate to see the first pages of a writer’s submission. Avoid these problems and tighten your submission!

False beginnings

I don’t like it when the main character dies at the end of Chapter One. Why did I just spend all this time with this character? I feel cheated.”
- Cricket Freeman, The August Agency

I dislike opening scenes that you think are real, then the protagonist wakes up. It makes me feel cheated.”
- Laurie McLean, Foreword Literary

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Camp NaNoWriMo Win!

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Yep! FINALLY finished! 15,500 words.

It ended up with me having to plot out the rest of the novel in bullet points to make sure I had at least some form of plan should I ever go back to it. I think because so many changes happened at the start of the month as well as time pressures for writing due to external things,  it made the writing of this novel all that more difficult.

Whilst doing the bullet points, it allowed me to think things through plus make sure I knew where I wanted to go with characters, their relationships, their places at the end of the story, everything! I also put in some twists including character deaths, the methods of their deaths plus my FMC discovering her real parentage and how it has affected her growing up, training to be a mage and how it could affect her future.

So a lot of things happened when I was bullet pointing the rest of the novel out but at least I am validated as winner. That’s something, right?

Ten Writing Competitions 2014

Need something to do this summer? Have a look at these competitions.

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It’s time to dust off those pens, power up those PC’s and shake yourself off to enter some of the upcoming writing competitions out there! I’ve been focusing far too much on the WIP of late to have entered any recently, so thought I’d share some options with you. Happy writing – and good luck to those who enter: you have to be in it, to win it!

keep-calm-its-competition-time-7Luke Bitmead Bursary
Deadline: 1st August 2014
Entry: Free, completed manuscripts only
Legend Press host this annual prize and are looking for adult fiction novels, over 50,000 words from first-time, unpublished writers who find it difficult (due to financial or personal circumstances) to focus on their writing career. All submissions should be uploaded via the online system and consist of seperate files containing a one-page synopsis, a personal statement and up to fifty pages of the novel. The winner will receive £2,500…

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Camp NaNoWriMo: Days 14-18

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Yes, I know. I have been slack on the updating  the blog front but I have also been slack on the writing front too. Unfortunately, external issues have to take priority, like the thankless job of job hunting. A few other personal things have also left me not able to write for various reasons. This means my word count has had to suffer and take the hit for all these issues. Before I continue, let me reveal my word counts:

Day 14: 8,628 words

Day 15: 8,631 words

Day 16: 10,359 words

Day 17: 10,359 words

Day 18: 10,359 words

So the upshot is that I ended up including a rather lengthy meeting scene between my MMC and the antagonist trying to delve into his personal life then attempting to force him to do something or my FMC would be tortured. It does lead to their Defying Gravity moment which I am in the middle of now. I don’t want to go into too much detail, just in case, but that is the main reason behind me FINALLY crossing the 10,000 word barrier. Unfortunately, that is all that has really happened.

The question I have now is do I lower my word count to try to ensure a win and because I suspect there’s not quite as much story as I anticipated or just leave as is and accept defeat gracefully?

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