Arnside Knott is a small hill in, as the name suggests, Arnside. While in Arnside, I climbed this small hill.
There are multiple ways up the Knott. I now know two, but I saw so many random paths up there, and I’ve no idea which ones join up, which ones come down where. I’ll just do my best to describe the routes we took. I would not advise trying to take direction from my descriptions of walks.
So we walked along Red Hills Road, which, according to Google Maps, turns into New Barnes Road at some point. It’s at the apparent point where the name changes that Knott Lane comes off, and, as the name implies, this is the way to the Knott.
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I posted some pictures from my break in Arnside, so now I shall ramble about said break.
So, Arnside. Arnside is a village that was once a fishing port, and is now reasonably popular among tourists. There’s not that much for a holiday resort in way of shops and stuff, but that’s OK. The main attraction is in the landscape. It is part of the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and it is extremely pretty, and there’s a distinctive edge to a lot of the landscape.
For example, one thing I noticed was the weird trees. Most of them are normal looking, but there’s a noticeable amount of odd ones. They look like they’ve been blown to one side by a strong wind, then frozen in that moment. I’m sure there’s a reason for this, but I don’t know what. All I know is that I really liked the way the trees look.
Arnside is situated on Morecambe Bay, on the Kent Estuary. As is the general rule of Morecambe Bay, the beach is a dangerous one, with sinking sand and a tide that comes in quickly. There’s even a siren letting you know when it’s coming.
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Antiheroes and villain protagonists obviously aren’t the same thing, but I think they can be somewhat similar to write in spirit, so I’m writing about them both here. With both you get to have your protagonist do things that a standard hero wouldn’t, and get away with it, because if readers know a protagonist isn’t supposed to be nice, or even good, they’ll generally be more forgiving of any questionable things they do. So antiheroes and villain protagonists are fun to write and, when well done, fun to read about.
So, first off, the difference, which is really right there in the words. An antihero is still a hero, no matter how unsavoury their methods or motives may be. Even if they cross the line and do something unforgivable, overall they are working towards something good. They may lose sight of it at some point, if they get caught up obsessing over revenge or something, but they start off at least with admirable aims.
A villain protagonist is a villain who happens to be the main character. They are doing something wrong, and even if the reader is kind of rooting for them, they are still painted as being clearly in the wrong. They may get redeemed at some point, they may end up teaming up with the heroes to defeat a worse villain, or even trying to stop their own plan. But they are still bad guys themselves.
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Time for another post of me rambling inanely about writing. As usual, I’m hesitant to give any definitive opinions about what does and doesn’t make for a good story start, so I’ll just do as I normally do and ramble through different ways you can open, and my thoughts on them. And as usual, I’m just some random person who’s not yet managed to get published, so my opinions are of no more value than anyone else’s, and less value than some people’s.
So, a pretty vital part of writing a story – or anything – is the beginning. If you don’t grab people at the start then they don’t have any reason to read on, and a promise of ‘it gets better’ won’t help very much. People can’t be expected to read something they don’t like in the hopes that they may eventually start liking it. They sometimes do; I’ve ended up liking some things that I initially had to force my way through. But I’ve also put books down because they didn’t catch my interest fast enough. Whether or not I keep on going depends on my mood and what else I happen to have on hand that I could be doing. And I don’t think any writer wants to rely on readers being in a charitable mood and having nothing else to do.
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