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Point Blank: Hardboiled, Noir, & Detective Fiction

Oct 12, 2023

Welcome to "Writing Rat Face," a Point Blank Limited Series on one writer's process of writing a 50,000 word novel first draft. 

Rat Face is a post-apocalyptic crime novel set in a world ravaged by nuclear war and climate change.

The main character, Rat Face, is a noir-ish hitman and delinquent looking to solve his father figure's murder before the Terror Squads find & liquidate him.

In this series of 10 short episodes, Justin Bendell discusses his weekly process as he writes 50,000 words in three months, including  the day-to-day ups and downs, the challenges and dead-ends,  and the surprises along the way as his novel draft evolves. 

In Episode 2 of Writing Rat Face, the writing is smooth sailing, but how long will the good winds last?

Justin explains his thoughts on the city as character, rants briefly about art & labor, and shares two excerpts from week one of story writing.