Medieval manuscripts were not always the easiest to read! Image via Pixabay.



I look at Fairytale and other Fictional Libraries in tonight’s post.  This partly ties in with my Chandler’s Ford Today post which went live earlier this evening.  More details on that below.  But in FWB I wonder about what your characters would read (sharing your character tastes and traits helps in building up well rounded characters after all). I also wonder about what stories and myths your characters would grow up knowing and how these affect them and the world they live in.


Learning from the Past continues the historical theme and looks at what is vital for coming up with a real story.  Answer:   a real story is in how a character responds to an event thrown at them.  The event doesn’t need to be particularly dramatic either.  How does a character respond to, say, a row with their partner/spouse?  Do they learn from it and rebuild the relationship or does a refusal to learn signal the end of that relationship?  Characters can learn from their own past, their family background or the past of the world in which they live but it is how they react, whether they learn or not, that is crucial to your story.  Personally I would get fed up pretty quickly with a character that doesn’t learn.  It is what they learn (and whether it is enough to deal with their current crisis) that is the interesting bit of the story for me.


I love posting articles about creative writing, history, and ideas that encourage the use of the library service.  Tonight’s post, The Story Shuffle Project, combines all three!

The project encourages local school children to write their own versions of the Sir Bevis of Hampton legend.  Sir Bevis is Southampton’s legendary hero – think James Bond on tapestries!  The stories are then put into a digital app, which can be accessed at the local library (that closest to the schools taking part in this project) using a special code the children are given.  I would have loved this at that age (7 to 11).  I loved codes and historical stories so what is there not to like about this?!

I hope all taking part in this project have a great deal of fun with it.


I share the link with the above project.

Tapestries told stories - the Sir Bevis of Hampton legends just being part of this.  Image via Pixabay.

Tapestries told stories – the Sir Bevis of Hampton legends just being part of this. Image via Pixabay.

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