Friday 12 April 2013

A-Z Challenge: K: The Killing + Celebrate The Small Things

Two aims today again: A-Z (K) and Celebrate The Small Things.

My theme for A-Z is What I Learned About Writing from Watching TV.

So so tempted to do Knight Rider and talk about how talking cars should be in every novel EVER.

Instead The Killing. (Original for me). This has a steady sense of dread and real atmospherics pervading it. Which befits a TV Show where the theme is solving a murder. The characterisation is good too, but the dark tone for me is strong.

Setting is important in a book. A lot can be done with a setting. Does it rain a lot? Is it a small town? Is the setting of the novel a contrast to the plot or an aid? Make it aid the sense of dread, if that’s what you are going for.

I was going to do a quote but instead THAT JUMPER. I want one.

Now onto: Celebrate The Small Things: 12 April

The aim of this is simple: each Friday we celebrate a small thing from that week. Whatever you like! Sign up on the linky, post a celebration, and GO CELEBRATE others on the linky list's achievements. See here for more info.

My celebration is of course reaching K in A-Z. WOOO. I am enjoying thinking / talking/watching TV for this ;)

What are you celebrating this week?

Here's the linky...


  1. Don't think I've ever seen this one. Wasn't Knight Rider so cool?! Hats off to all of you posting everyday for A-Z.

  2. I don't think I've seen this one.

  3. Feeling a bit left out that I'm not doing the A-Z challenge! You're nearly halfway through now. Looking forward to the Q entries!

  4. I haven't seen The Killing. Nut it sounds like my kind of show. I'll have to check it out.

  5. I like the way you've combined both posts. You could link them in some way too. Waving.
    A - Z Challenge

  6. I watched the first season of The Killing, but only part of the second. I tuned in to the episode where the killer was revealed though. The setting was fantastic.

  7. I never saw this one but I agree that the setting really makes an impact when done right.

    Yay for getting to K! You are Killing it! heehee

  8. Any excuse to watch television, right?
    I promise to be back on track with this when the Challenge ends. Just too much for my brain to handle right now.

  9. We were talking about tv last night n class. Have you seen Mad Men? and a few years ago we purchased boston legal on dvd which I've kept. The story lines covered anything and everything and very intelligently written and Shatner's humour of course

  10. great choice for K. loved the setting. it was like a separate character all its own.

  11. I also celebrate being in K already. I'll celebrate even more as the month ends and I'll throw a party on the 30th. :)

  12. Suzanne - I loved Knight Rider! KITT! :)

    J.L. Murphey - it's v. good!

    Julia - argh some letters are just HARD! :)

    Stephen Tremp- I would recommend it!

    Francene Stanley - hello! *waves back*

    M.J. Fifield- definitely was.

    S.K. Anthony -ah ha ha ! Thanks!

    Alex J. Cavanaugh - no worries, the Challenge is a lot!

    sue - Mad Men! I have seen S1 and loved it must catch up with more!! Thanks for reminding me.

    Sheena-kay Graham - YAY another fan! :)

    valerierlawson - definitely was, which really makes me think about my writing.

    Al Diaz - ah ha yes party when we get to MAY!

  13. Yay for reaching "K"j and for The Killing! It's too much work for me to do all those A-Z posts, so efficient person that I am, I just double up with your "Celebrate" posts on Fridays. ;-)

  14. woo hoo on getting to K! Setting can play a character role if the writer is smart about it. And i love when it's used that way.

  15. I've never seen this one, but it sounds scary. I hear you on reaching k, as this letter so far has given me the most trouble, of all things.

  16. I loved The Killing - and I loved that it rained all the time too. ;)

  17. I loved the first season of The Killing but wasn't as crazy about the second. Definitely going to give it another try when it comes back this summer though. The setting was totally perfect for the story.

    Have a great weekend!

  18. I was so pissed off at the US version of The Killing, that I refused to watch it in the second season even though I hadn't found out who the killer was. The show was advertised as running one season, with the killer revealed at the end, and when that time came and no killer...I had it!

  19. Happy A to Z! Setting is important in those small details and how our characters react to them. I think it's something I'm still working on these days.

  20. Havent seen The Killing but im gonna check Netflix for it. Far as Knight Rider goes, awesome show. I even had a really cool Knight Rider Big Wheel as a kid.

  21. We love Knight Rider. Just watched an old episode yesterday :-)

  22. Lexa - a post double up is a good thing ;)

    M Pax - yes it can absolutely be a significant part of the novel!

    M. J. Joachim - some letters are hard, depending on the topic!

    Kimberly - YAY for a Killing fan ;)

    Julie Flanders - absolutely was perfect :) Happy weekend to you!

    DL Hammons - yes that was annoying esp as the original Danish version was different and DID reveal the killer in season one.

    Tyrean Martinson - yes me too, still working out how to include it and I'm not that hot at it.

    Shawn Yankey- Knight Rider was so much fun!

    Scribbles From Jenn - hee yay for KITT!

  23. I haven't heard of that show before, but Knight Rider was awesome! :)

  24. I'm running late, but I'm here! Knight Rider was awesome. Loved it!

  25. Jackie - Knight Rider was lots of fun!

    Ink - hello! Loved Knight Rider :)


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