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Richard Cowen
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United Kingdom
This deviantArt page is mostly intended as an online portfolio of my written work. From time to time, it will also feature photographs, usually of painted miniatures; I tend to do a lot of roleplaying and wargaming in my free time.

Mostly though, I write. I'm currently working on a dieselpunk fantasy novel, itself based on a roleplaying game that I'm also writing. I also dabble in side-projects, such as helping run Black Swan Horror's live-action roleplaying events ( or whatever freelance writing projects catch my eye.
Since writing the last journal entry, I've made a very difficult but, as it's turning out, good decision: I've scrapped my novel Smog & Mirrors as it existed and restarted it from scratch.

A bit drastic, you might think, but it was inevitable if the end result's ever going to be publishable. Basically, Smog & Mirrors started out as a splurge of words on a page and grew and grew and eventually acquired a plot from somewhere.

A tip to all budding writers: don't write novels like that.

The plot became overly-complex, as did the back-story. Some of the characters lacked motivation to get involved in the plot, or even to speak to each other. Several long scenes of exposition took place sat around a study while characters sipped brandy. The main character was boring.

So, towards the end of October I sat down and wrote a simplified version of the plot, having altered the main character (from a male journalist to a female police constable), split screen time vaguely equally between her and the other two point of view characters, so the reader sees things happening rather than just having the protagonist get told about it, and then started again. I wrote 30,000 words of the new version of the story for NaNoWriMo (I can't really do high-volume writing - not yet anyway), and have managed another 8000 since the start of December. It feels better. Definitely first draft in terms of quality of prose, but the plot's a lot tighter and the characters are more defined.

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Thanks for the watch..
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