6 – Neuromancer by William Gibson – 6 Lessons for Writers

Neuromancer was a 1984 genre-defining novel – and it still has a lot to teach writers today. Settle in as I extract 6 key lessons from this ground-breaking sci-fi novel.

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Shownotes:

Neuromancer by William Gibson

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5 – Gabriel Bergmoser Interview – Windmills, Boone Shepard, Movie Maintenance, and Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

Today I’m changing things up from my normal analysis format by interviewing Gabe Bergmoser – one of my favourite Australian authors.

Gabe is the author of Boone Shepard, Boone Shepard’s American Adventure, and the forthcoming Boone Sheppard: The Silhouette and the Sacrifice. He’s also a prolific playwright, winner of the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award, host of Movie Maintenance, and contributor to Movie Maintenance Presents.

In this far-ranging interview, we talk about:

  • how he’s evolved alongside his Ustinov-winning Windmills
  • his feelings towards his soon-to-be-completed Boone Shepard trilogy
  • how he approaches writing, and what his experience has taught him
  • what it takes to create engaging writing-related podcasts
  • Red Dragon by Thomas Harris (and we dive deep into analysing this fantastic book)

Enjoy!

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Gabe’s top books for writers:

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Harry Potter (I covered The Half-Blood Prince in episode 3)

Red Dragon

The Book of Joe

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Tommorrow, When the War Began

On the Road

A Song of Ice and Fire

The Name of the Wind (I covered this in episode 1)

 

 

 

 

4 – The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein – Writing an Amazing Midpoint

Done poorly, midpoints can bog down your story with annoying slowness. That’s not the case in today’s novel, which showcases one possible solution to avoiding the dreaded soggy middle.

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Shownotes:

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein (affiliate link – using it will give me a tiny bit of money, at no extra cost to you)

Episode 3 – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling – Creating Suspense Using Question Arcs

Harry Potter is successful (amoung many other reasons) for Rowling’s fantastic use of suspense and mystery. Today, I analyse how you can use question arcs to create suspense in your own writing, and how suspense destroys ‘soggy middle syndrome.’

http://novelanalyst.libsyn.com/harry-potter-and-the-half-blood-prince-by-j-k-rowling-creating-suspense-using-question-arcs

Links:

Ian Irvine – 41 ways to create and heighten suspense: http://www.ian-irvine.com/on-writing/41-ways-to-create-and-heighten-suspense/