Am looking forward to what comes out of this year’s Swanwick in this department!
All stories illuminate truth in some way. What flash does is take a blooming great torch and focus intensely on one point.
So when thinking of a new story, I work out what I want the point to be and which character would best suit that.
I was listening to a fab talk on plot twists at Swanwick this week and reflected on my use of them.
A plot twist is something that changes the direction of the story in unexpected ways but for flash, it can work well in bringing the story to a powerful ending.
You still set the clues in the story, you still must make the twist feasible, you still DON’T try to be clever (it never works and will irritate readers), but the change of direction can be to an ending.
What should happen is you then see the change in the character. The “yes, that ending makes sense, that would happen to a character like this”.
My Calling the Doctor
has the character reveal something at the end which ties in with what went before but will still surprise (and hopefully make your blood chill!).
Goodreads Author Blog – Books, Glorious Books
B – Brilliant entertainment
O – Own portable library in print or on Kindle
O – Only lack of light or tiredness stops me reading
K – Kindle has transformed reading for me
S – Stories – so many, so little time!
G – Genre – there is at least one to suit you!
L – Libraries will always need support and can be a great way to try out authors new to you.
O – Originality in story and characters is hard to achieve but your take on such should be original.
R – Reading (what else?!)
I – Imagination. Reading and writing books should fuel this.
O – Only one book at a time or several on the go? Which camp do you fall in?
U – Unsung heroes in books – I love these. Best examples for me are Sam Gamgee and Mr Tumnus from The Lord of the Rings and The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe respectively.
S – Sagas. Not my thing but I admire those who can write them. So many threads to tie up!
B – Best books of all? The ones you re-read and the ones you recall from years ago without re-reading.
O – Omnipresent narration. I do still have a soft spot for this.
O – Oily characters like Wormtongue from TLOTR are the ones you love to loathe.
K – Kindle again but it has saved much packing anguish!
S – Selective reading. I tend to read crime for a while, then fantasy, etc. I want to make sure I cover all
the genres I like!