FAIRYTALES WITH BITE
A to Z of Writing Tips Part 5 covers O to Q (queries before you ask, some pun intended!). I look at originality, publication and, as mentioned, queries. I include self publication under P too. One great development has been the need for authors to do more on publicity. Now I’m not the world’s most outgoing author but even I can see the need to engage with potential readers and this development I think is a good thing as it will make us do so!
THIS WORLD AND OTHERS
Handling Grief looks at how characters deal with this emotion and asks what your created societ expects from them with regard to this. Are there people your world expects your characters to mourn, regardless of whether they want to do so? What is the punishment for those refusing to conform (and there would be punishment!)? Do your characters keep their grief to themselves or are they very open with their emotions? Show why your characters are like this.
FACEBOOK – GENERAL
I talk about slowly getting back to blogging (there will be a Chandler’s Ford Today post tomorrow night about one-liners) and I play tribute to my dad, who supported my writing and was always so pleased at any publication successes. The funeral is tomorrow and yes it did shape my post for This World and Others (though I think answering the questions I pose will create some really good stories).
FACEBOOK – FROM LIGHT TO DARK AND BACK AGAIN
I talk about what makes a “successful” flash fiction piece and, funnily enough, I’m not talking in publication terms. See what you think!