FAIRYTALES WITH BITE
In Once Upon A Time…and Other Openings I discuss what I think makes for a great opening to a story or even an article and why I feel once upon a time isn’t strong enough. I look at starting a piece with dialogue that intrigues, a character that you simply must know more about or a fantastic situation that, again, your reader will want to explore. The writer’s job is to keep the reader, reading!
THIS WORLD AND OTHERS
I love writing prompts and have used Ernest Hemingway’s six words short story exercise to trigger them in the past. In Writing Prompts, I share five different scenarios. Have fun!
I thought I’d share the whole post here as it discusses what books you turn to when life is getting you down etc. I look for escapism. What do you choose? Comments welcome!
What books do you turn to if, say, things are not going well with life in general? For me, I have to read for escapism and the funnier the work the better.
I can see the point of “realistic” fiction which shows life as it is lived, but there is nothing wrong with a book or a story being purely for entertainment.
I suspect this is why genre fiction can still be looked down on. Genre fiction does tend to focus on an entertaining, gripping read and quite rightly too.
Old-fashioned as I am, I like ALL books to entertain, even if, as with non-fiction, you go on to learn something as well.
I am posting regularly on this now and tonight I share some of my early work from Cafelit (including a story which will make you think twice about ever annoying a duck!). I also share one of my posts from Chandler’s Ford Today where I discuss what flash fiction is and I discuss how I came to write flash fiction at all.