The world of the imagination should play a role in your stories. I can't imagine any world without some form of the arts. Image via Pixabay.



Fairytales in a Flash shares my love of flash fiction and fairytales.  One lovely thing about flash is it is very flexible when it comes to genre.  In my upcoming book, From Light to Dark and Back Again (Chapeltown Books), I have stories which are borderline horror, others are crime tales, while the majority are fairytales with bite.  So have fun with the form – I have (and am now working on another flash fiction collection so intend to keep on having fun with it!).


What Not to Say to a Writer is one of those posts that could attract lots of additional points to the ones I’ve made (feel free!).  I’ve listed the “where do you get your ideas?” and the “I’d write if I had more time” line but what can you come up with here?  For novelists, I’d add in something like “you’ve written one novel – is that all?”.  For all writers, why are there misunderstandings about how long it can take to produce a good story (and a good novel takes even longer)?  Has film and TV made everyone expect stories instantly?  (False premise if so, it takes ages to produce something that’s ready for broadcast).


Today (5th December) was my 29th wedding anniversary.  Had a lovely day out with better half and the dog.  None of us can believe where the time has gone!  (Okay Mabel has only been with  us for 4 years out of that 29 but she can’t believe where that time has gone!).  Managed to catch up with some reading tonight as well which was great.  And I put in a plug for flash fiction again – I won’t bother to pretend I’m not biased.  I am!

Do your characters know in which direction they're going? (Border collie is optional!). Image via Pixabay.

Mabel. Image taken by me.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s