FAIRYTALES WITH BITE
What Not to Say to a Magical Being is full of advice to prevent magical disaster hitting you. The temptation to let your mouth run riot when faced with a magical being who may or may not be past their prime must be resisted. If you want to see the next hour that is…
THIS WORLD AND OTHERS
Closing Lines is a follow-up post to yesterday’s Revealing Opening Lines. A good closing line ends the story at an appropriate point, leaving you wanting more (but deep down you know the writer is right to finish there, anything else would be padding). I share an example of one of my closing lines. In this particular case, it would also make a good opening line for a second story and I must look into that! But that is often the way with a good closing line – it can give you the spark for a new tale.
I discuss tag verbs tonight, following a conversation I had via FB with another writer, Geoff Parkes from Southampton Writers’ Circle. I share my approach to this. For me, the golden rule is clarity. If it is clear enough from context who is speaking, why bother with a tag verb? Equally “he said/she said” is absolutely fine most of the time. Comments welcome!