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The Only Greek Post in Egypt

So, my characters need to leave Egypt and head north following the Nile River. They find themselves arriving at a unique city, different to the Egyptian metropolis’ they had been to, and the city’s plan follows a formulated grid. The place was Naukratis, and the only Greek colony founded during the 26th Dynasty (circa 664 BC).…

Thebes (Egypt)

The next location my characters travel to is Ancient Thebes. In the time period the story is set, Thebes is no long the great and thriving metropolis it once was during the New Kingdom. It only serves as a religious centre for the pharaoh and Egyptians. It was during the Middle Kingdom, when the city rose to prominence and…

Draft, Re-write

‘Write your first draft with your heart. Re-write with your head.’ From movie Finding Forrester How true is that statement. The first draft is always going to be, well… rough. There are going to be grammatical errors; the plot may be weak; the story arc isn’t working; characters names may change during the writing (not that it’s…

Man, Monuments, Memphis

The city of Memphis is the next destination for my characters. In the time set for my story, the real Memphis was no longer occupied, however with the magic of fiction it comes to life. It is from this exotic city the characters sail from and head for Thebes. ancient egyptancient egyptianscreative processegypt experienceliteraturemiddle egyptmiddle-eastpoliticstravelvacationwriting

Why I Write

‘Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. ‘ William Wordsworth   captioncreative processcreative storyheartliteraturenbsptravelvacationwilliam wordsworthwriting

Head Space or Head Case?

I have to admit in these last few days, my head has not been in the right space. Since Sunday’s cyclone and with an impending one looming in the next few hours, I could not even think about writing. I did try. I have 3 writing projects going: my first manuscript under edit; the third…

Carthage

Carthage was the site of a powerful trading empire and rivalled Rome in supremacy until the 2nd Century BC. Established by the Phoenicians in the 9th century, and later became the main city after the fall of Tyre in the 6th century. Today, in Tunisia, the ruins of Carthage are protected by UNESCO and only…

When? Soon.

‘The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed–it is a process of elimination.’ Elbert Hubbard Bit by bit, day by day I chip away. There, I can almost see it. The fruits of my labour. One day to be shared around the world. Coming soon.…

What a headache!

I am attending a writer’s workshop next month and have to write a synopsis for my second book. I have to be truthful here. I hate writing synopses. How do you condense 400 pages of narrative into 1 page? It’s not easy. aspiring authorscreative processjohn harmanliteraturewriters timewriting

I have something to say

Writing comes more easily if you have something to say. Sholem Asch Today was very productive. Most days usually are but for the first time in many months, well this year in actuality, I got back to writing on my third book. I spent the morning reading over what was written, did some research – needed…