Tuesday, October 1, 2013

How My Writing Has Evolved: A Guest Post & Giveaway by Author Mathew Bridle

 Young Warlock

 Mathew Bridle

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publisher: Independently Published

Formats Available In: All eBook formats and Print

Release Date: 27th September 2013

 Compelled by his lust for the flame the young warlock is driven on a trail of destruction. Running from those he once trusted, he befriends a tattlejack, Icthus, whose gift of extracting the truth could become his greatest strength. Now all he needs to do is defeat his lust and prove his worth to all those who doubt him, including the young girl who is carrying his child. Only the old priest believes the boy, Dekor, to be something more than just another warlock.

The dogs of war are gathering. The undead seek allies among the enemy horde in the north in their bid to rout the mages, break the control of the Council of Twelve and take the land for themselves. Together the goblins and the undead set out to scourge the lands of Alzear of all who stand in their way.

The pieces of the prophecy are slowly cohering. The gods have chosen their warriors and the people have chosen their gods. War is coming, a war whose like we have never seen. The fate of an entire people may rest in the hands of a headstrong young man and his unborn child.



How My Writing Has Evolved
Mathew Bridle

As this is part of a blog tour I have to be careful not to repeat myself. I could have been lazy and sent out something I've already done. I recently wrote a piece on my own site about how my writing has evolved over the years, especially in recent years. There are now a great many sites out there offering good advice on how to write a bestseller. I'd love to write the next big thing, the new Harry Potter, or Lord of the Rings. It is possible that I have done just that! But I

lack the marketing knowledge and the money to push my book. I'm even getting good reviews now. But it took me a long time to sculpt my style and find my real story telling voice.

So, did I change anything? Yeah, a lot, but mostly speed. I used to
write at a furious pace. I once wrote 50, 000 words in a week. I was
excited. I was actually writing a book, The Rising. I love 1980's
horror, the Wes Craven, John Carpenter type. Christine is an all-time
favourite. The Rising can only be described as a mess. I did my best
for a boy with an E in his O level English. I had no idea what a run
on sentence was. I got basic things wrong, still do sometimes. I never
went back over my work. I knew that it was what it was. I knew nothing
about plotting, even mentally. I just wrote because at last I found
something I could do.

Today all that excitement is as strong as ever. Sometimes nothing but
writing matters, I must write or just get angry, like an addict
needing a hit. So now, if I write a 1000 words in a sitting I am
amazed. But every one of those words will have been pondered over.
Sure, when the excitement takes me I'll hammer out the story. Then,
when the chapter is finished I will separate it from the novel and
analyse it. I will sit like a sculptor and see the story within the
words. Then I'll knock pieces out, shape others and drop hints to past
and the future. I'll weave tiny threads together which I'll leave
hanging in the breeze for another day: it's a saga after all. Why
rush? When the whole book is done I'll take a break, play some games
with the kids and shunt the storytelling into a corner. Then, I'll
pick up the manuscript, take up my quill and add some style and some
tiny stitches which have waited for the whole story to be 'finished'.
Now that I'm happy with it I can send it across the sea to my editor.
Never under estimate the power of an expert. A real editor will help
tighten those stitches and point out where dropped one.

All the best, Mysti. Thanks for having me.

Mathew Bridle (born 1963) heralds from the south of England where he lives with his wife of 17 years and his three house monkeys (children). He began writing novels in the late 1990's with The Rising, an 80's style horror novel. A second novel quickly followed, 3 Phaze, a science fiction story set in the last days of the Earth. His third, Lagoon, inspired by the X-files is a sci-fi horror, brutal and sexual.

Nowadays he spends his time writing fantasy with Young Warlock as the first full instalment of this epic saga. When not writing he likes to relax with his Kindle, most likely reading either a classic fantasy or something from a new indie author. Either that or wrestling the controls for the Xbox from one of children.

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