Sometimes I just have to interview people I think are super cool and today I talk about swordfighting with Guy Windsor 🙂
I haven't yet included a swordfighting scene into my modern day thrillers, but it might have to happen, because this was a lot of fun 🙂 We also talk about how the discipline and practice of martial arts applies to writing, facing fear and deep and meaningful stuff on art and death.
In the introduction, I talk about the breakdown of my income – you can see it here broken down by revenue type, fiction vs non-fiction, format and retailer. I also mention the next in the free Creative Freedom video series on productivity which has been getting a lot of great feedback. Plus CrimeFiction.fm with Stephen Campbell, a great new genre podcast and the success of Audiobookblast for promoting audiobooks.
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Guy Windsor is a swordsman, author and entrepreneur. He researches and teaches medieval and Renaissance Italian swordsmanship and runs The School of European Swordsmanship. His latest book is Swordfighting for Writers, Game Designers and Martial Artists, with a foreword by Neal Stephenson, which is pretty epic 🙂
- The origins of Guy's passion for swords and sword fighting.
- The importance for entrepreneurs and artists to be good at their art and also at business.
- What writing and martial arts have in common including skill building and dealing with fears.
- Practice and discipline and starting with achievable goals.
- Using tools to create accountability and making mental adjustments about how we are categorizing our writing. Is it work or is it fun?
- The myth of talent and the reality that those who are good at something have worked hard to become good at it.
- How we learn by doing and the importance of feedback
- The mistakes authors make when writing sword fighting scenes
- Reconciling the intermingling of art, beauty and death.
- The Maker renaissance and how that is also occurring in sword-making.