STORY ENDINGS AND MAKING AN IMPACT

Am definitely on a theme tonight!

FAIRYTALES WITH BITE

In Story Endings I look at how I finish a flash fiction piece. I’m looking at the impact my story will have on a reader and it does influence how I write the story. I also discuss the classic “happy ever after” fairytale ending and how these days I am much more sympathetic with the “happy for now” approach.  (For one thing it is more realistic!).

THIS WORLD AND OTHERS

In Making an Impact (I told you there was a theme!), I again discuss story endings and their impact but I also talk about the advantages of outlining here.  You can work out what impact you want your story to have and, given there is bound to be more than one way you could achieve that with your characters, you can work out what you feel would work best and then go with that.  (This approach can save a lot of rewriting later – and has done for me).

FACEBOOK – GENERAL AND FROM LIGHT TO DARK AND BACK AGAIN

The theme continues!  I also share another joy of flash fiction, which is, having written your piece, there is nothing to stop you from developing it further into a longer, standard length short story or even a novel if the premise/characters are strong enough and you love the story enough to do so. (Both aspects of that would be necessary as the plot really does have to be strong enough and you’ve got to be prepared to put the work in especially for a novel.  This is where your loving the story so much you have to write it up as a book will help you enormously, but it can be done).

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Back cover of From Light to Dark and Back Again

Back cover of From Light to Dark and Back Again

 

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Flash fiction has the capacity to make a very strong impact quickly – image via Pixabay

 

 

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WHY READING FAIRYTALES MATTERS

Couple of shortish posts tonight.

FAIRYTALES WITH BITE

In Why Reading Fairytales Matters I list five main reasons. Out of these I think my favourites are that characters don’t usually get away with villainy and also they are rewarded for heroism/doing the right thing.  If only life were like that!

THIS WORLD AND OTHERS

I talk about The Writing Journey tonight and celebrate the fact that each writer has a unique one.  Gives us plenty to talk about when we meet up at writing conferences, doesn’t it?!  On a more serious note, I look at (briefly) how being on a journey like this is not just about loooking backwards (at what you have done) but forwards (at what you hope to do).  I find that very positive.

FACEBOOK – GENERAL

I ask a couple of questions here tonight – how do I know when I’ve written a character “right” (no apologies for the grammar!) and how do I know when my dialogue sounds right.  See what you think.  Comments welcome.

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FROM LIGHT TO DARK AND BACK AGAIN

Nothing specific on Facebook tonight (I forgot!) but am glad of the latest reviews on Amazon.  Thank you everyone.  Link takes you to the page for both the paperback and Kindle editions.  I haven’t forgotten about having a monthly newsletter either but hope to sort this out by the end of the year and (once up and running) it should be no problem producing it.  It is the getting started here.  I’ve not used Mail Chimp before (though I do like it, I receive a number of author newsletters on it myself).

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