Image Credit: Pixabay/Pexels. Scottish and Lady pics by me, Allison Symes. Book cover image by Gill James for The Best of Cafelit 9.
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What the scenery and walking will do is blow away the cobwebs and relax me. Then the ideas will flow. And I am all for that!😄
Planning to draft some blogs and flash tales this week. Writing and reading relax me so they are the perfect wind down.
There is a well-stocked book shelf here too so will be investigating that too. I recall the last time I was here there was a copy of Somerset Maughan’s A Writer’s Notebook. Must dip into that. Insights into the writing life always fascinate me.
If you like a good mix of stories and styles, do check out the Cafelit series.
One major difference with us holidaying now rather than in May is that we’re not seeing the deer in the field opposite where we’re staying. We guess they’re up in the hills preparing for the rut.
Writing wise, I’m drafting bits and bobs as the wonderful Scottish fresh air is not just knocking Lady out for six! But am enjoying my “pottering” writing wise and my reading too. Sometimes it is good to “tick over”.
From Light to Dark and Back Again
Changes are interesting. They are vital too.Changes in character behaviour are what drives a story. Something has to happen. Something has to change.
But a character changing their mind can be the trigger for your story. Change doesn’t necessarily have to be dramatic.
Elizabeth Bennet changing her mind about Darcy turns Pride and Prejudice (as does his changing his mind about her).
Am looking forward to my annual challenge of getting as much info on a postcard as possible and sending same to my nearest and dearest. Still this is appropriate for me – flash fiction has been called postcard fiction!
And an interesting idea that came out of the creative workshop via Zoom I “went to” recently was to use the text as well as the pictures on old postcards to trigger story ideas. I might try and use the pics on the cards I pick up and see what I can do.
On that note I’m pleased to report I have stories in the newly released The Best of Cafelit 9.
I hope to chat more about this later in the week when back from Scotland but it is lovely to have further publication news to return home for.
One thing I adore about visiting places such as Salisbury Cathedral is you do get to find out how the building was constructed, the names of the families doing the work and so on. Glimpses into a past world.
And that is what flash fiction is all about – giving readers glimpses into the past, the future, the present, the strange universe you’ve created etc. You choose where to set your stories and what glimpses your readers see.
Goodreads – Holiday Reading
– Holiday Reading
This time, while I’m in Scotland, I’ve promised myself to catch up with one paperback and three books on Kindle. Can’t wait to “tuck in”! I hope to catch up on reviewing too.
And the positive thing about heading into autumn with the nights drawing in, it does encourage more reading.