FAIRYTALES WITH BITE
Reading for Pleasure shares reasons why doing this is one of the most important things any writer can do to improve what they do. (I think it is the most important thing). Reading opens your mind to other worlds and so on. What do your characters read for pleasure? What books and stories would they choose? Use that to explore more about them.
THIS WORLD AND OTHERS
I share three Quick Tips which I hope you find useful. I discuss reading your work out loud (and why it matters). I also discuss marketing and not panicking about it – if you have a book out, you will be marketing it in different ways (without driving everyone nuts!) not just in the short term but in the long term too. I also discuss the need to find the right balance between marketing, getting on with your writing commitments and finding time to write new work. This last one I am struggling with at the moment but I know I will find the right key eventually. When I do I’ll stick with it!
CHANDLER’S FORD TODAY
I didn’t get time to blog much yesterday but my current article for Chandler’s Ford Today is a review of A Comedy Trio staged by the Chameleon Theatre Group. This consisted of three short but very funny plays, all of which I found entertaining and were excellent character studies too. I also enjoyed playing “spot the reference” in some of them. One of the plays in particular had a distinct nod to the Rocky Horror Picture Show! Another had me sympathising with not just a hostage victim but the hostage taker too and yet it was funny. Really well done by the Chameleons and some excellent writing.
FACEBOOK PAGE – GENERAL
Yesterday, Friday 5th May it was about my Chandler’s Ford Today post. Today I discuss the joys of the Kindle and why I always seem to forget to take it with me when travelling because I’m too busy enjoying reading from it the night before and consequently leave it behind! Oh, the joys of human fallibility!
FACEBOOK PAGE – PUBLICITY NEWS
I’m in Writing Magazine this month in the Members’ News Page plugging both From Light to Dark and Back Again and Baubles, the Bridge House Publishing anthology for 2016. My short story, Helping Out, is in there. The piece looks good and thanks go to friend and fellow Swanwick devotee, Jennifer C. Wilson (author of the excellent Kindred Spirits historical ghost fiction – it’s a great mix, go and have a look!) for sharing the page all over FB!!
FACEBOOK PAGE – FROM LIGHT TO DARK AND BACK AGAIN
Again I share news of the Writing Magazine spot and some images I thought appropriate to go with it (some of which appear in the book trailer).
In a separate post I discuss how I got into flash fiction in the first place.