All images from Pixabay/Pexels unless otherwise stated with many created in Book Brush.Book cover images from Chapeltown Books and Bridge House Publishing. Screenshots taken by me, Allison Symes, as were photos of The Hayes, Swanwick as part of my CFT interview this week. Talking of which, many thanks to June Webber for great author and book pictures for her interview with me on Chandler’s Ford Today.
Has been a cold week hre but Lady has got to have many “puppy parties” this week with her best friends over the local park so she’s happy at least.
Facebook – General and Chandler’s Ford Today
I am thrilled to welcome dear friend and fellow Swanwicker, June Webber, to Chandler’s Ford Today, to share her writing journey in Publication – Never Too Late. Her writing story is an encouraging one. I very much hope you enjoy the post and find it encouraging too.
Hope you have had a good day. Another bitterly cold one here. Looking forward to chatting with June Webber on Chandler’s Ford Today – link up tomorrow. Her story is an inspiring one and I’m only too pleased to be sharing it. See above.
Where do you get your inspiration for writing from? As well as using the random generators to trigger ideas, the biggest inspiration comes from what I love reading.
I’ve always loved the classic fairytales so they are a huge influence on me. I love the humour of Austen, Pratchett, and Wodehouse, so those are huge influences on me.
This is why the more you read (in terms of numbers of books read and genres), the bigger and wider are the sources of inspiration for you to draw on. Other sources of inspiration can be topics on which you have strong feelings. I like to see justice done and the evil not to get away with it (again the fairytales have a definite influence on me there) so I will read crime stories which reflect this.
So having a broad reading diet then is a very good idea indeed!
It’s my turn on the Authors Electric blog and this time I’m talking about Flash NANO – A New Challenge In the Old Year. I look at what Flash NANO is and share what I found useful about it. It is good to be stretched, writing wise, every so often, and Flash NANO did that for me. Looking forward to the next one already.
Facebook – From Light to Dark and Back Again
Delighted to share Reasons, my latest Friday Flash Fiction story. Many thanks for the great comments coming in on this one already.
Looking forward to giving my flash fiction workshop this weekend and also the Association of Christian Writers’ Flash Fiction Group meeting next week. I like a mixture of in person and Zoom events – both kinds of event have their bonuses.
If you’re thinking of putting a collection together, remember the independent press is a great avenue to explore as they are much more open to approaches from non-agented writers. And having short stories/flash fiction published online or shortlisted in competitions makes for great material to put in your query letter.
Many thanks to #ValPenny for sharing Writing Pitfalls, a recent blog I wrote for Chandler’s Ford Today on her blog today. A great way to spread the word! One writing pitfall I didn’t mention either here or earlier on CFT is not realising just how many kinds of writing there are out there and therefore to take your time working out which suits you best. I am so glad I discovered flash fiction for instance though I’d never heard of it when I started out.
Fairytales with Bite – Magical Seasons – Characters and Magic
How does your magical world have its seasons? Are they similar to Earth’s four and, if so, is magic more prominent in any one of them? If so, why? Does the winter, for example tend to dampen down magical activity? Does magic abound in the spring with longer days and brighter weather?
Do your characters have seasons in their life where their magical performances are significantly better or worse than others? Indeed, are waning powers a sign of illness/a character’s life coming to an end, again on the grounds everything has its season and it applies to characters too? Or does everyone experience a drop in performance at certain times and they’ve learned how to cope with that?
Do you have characters who cope with the down times better than others and how do they achieve this? Does the availability of light make a difference?
I also love characters who are older but with tonnes of useful magical experience behind them yet are still capable of “outgunning” those far younger than them because of that experience. How would their magical season progress?
This World and Others – Climates
Does your world have one predominant climate or several? How does this/these affect the geography of your fictional world? Equally how does the geography affect the climate that can only exist because, for example, your world has a lot of water in it? Can your characters change the climate (for better or worse) and. If so, how?
Are there wars between different peoples because one has a better climate than the other? What pressures are there on food production etc which could lead to such conflicts and how are these things resolved?
What kind of climate do your characters prefer to be in? There will always be those who relish causing trouble so like a climate in which that is easily done. They would be bored senseless in a climate where peace prevails and nobody argues about anything. (Would make for a boring story too).
And how do shyer characters cope in a climate where people/other beings of choice are expected to be upfront and dominant? My thinking here is climate can be about social context and prevailing attitudes, as well as the geographic kind.
https://t.co/KRIRXYqyIv Thanks to #ValPenny for sharing Writing Pitfalls, a blog I wrote for Chandler’s Ford Today. Another pitfall is not realising how many kinds of writing there are and to take your time working out which suits you. I'm glad I found flash fiction for instance!— Allison Symes (@AllisonSymes1) January 18, 2023
Authors Electric: Flash NANO – A New Challenge in the Old Year by Al… https://t.co/lgiGhtQqjc I talk about Flash NANO this time and share what I found useful about it. It's good to be stretched, writing wise, and Flash NANO did that. Looking forward to the next already. pic.twitter.com/VXCIMv7Cjp— Allison Symes (@AllisonSymes1) January 18, 2023
Reasons, by Allison Symes – Friday Flash Fiction https://t.co/jVDkYhkcvB Delighted to share Reasons, my latest Friday Flash Fiction story. Many thanks for the great comments coming in on this one already. pic.twitter.com/nsKOgy3xL6— Allison Symes (@AllisonSymes1) January 20, 2023
Author Interview: June Webber – Publication: Never Too Late https://t.co/YbGX1BDvrM I'm thrilled to welcome fellow Swanwicker, June Webber, to Chandler’s Ford Today, to share her writing journey, which is an encouraging one. Hope you enjoy the post and find it encouraging too.— Allison Symes (@AllisonSymes1) January 20, 2023