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EXPECTING THE UNEXPECTED

FAIRYTALES WITH BITE

In the A to Z of Character Creation Part 2, I cover D and E and look at whether your characters believe in destiny and if so how it shapes them.  E is for Effort.  Just how much effort do your characters go to and are they rewarded for it?

THIS WORLD AND OTHERS

In Expecting the Unexpected, I look at science fiction and fantasy where the unexpected can be expected to turn up all the time!  I ask if your readers can get a sense of the world you’ve created from what you’ve told them.  They need to know what is normal for that world and what isn’t.

FACEBOOK – GENERAL and FROM LIGHT TO DARK AND BACK AGAIN

A short, funny post tonight (which I also shared on the Association of Christian Writers’ Facebook page).  I share how writing flash fiction has shown up what my wasted words are and then promptly also share how I had to remove two of those words from this very post!  It’s an ongoing battle, people, it really is!  Do share what your wasted words are.

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EXPECTING THE UNEXPECTED

FAIRYTALES WITH BITE

Expecting the Unexpected asks how your characters cope with the unexpected hitting them and their world.  Which show courage?  Which show cowardice?  Magic can’t be used to solve all problems, otherwise it would make for a flat and short, uninteresting story, so what limits are there on magic in your setting?  Can these be overcome?  What other ways do characters  use to overcome problems?

THIS WORLD AND OTHERS

Interesting Times is my favourite Rincewind novel by Sir Terry Pratchett but it also refers to the old Chinese curse.  There can be no doubt about it – we really are living in interesting times!  So I ask in this post what form do interesting times take for the world and characters you’ve set up?  What would count as a political (or otherwise) upset and how is it handled?

FACEBOOK PAGE

Today has been a strange day politically and personally.  In my FB page I pay tribute to my mum who passed away one year ago today (9th November) after a very brave fight against aspirational pneumonia brought on by dementia.  I owe mum a huge debt for all sorts of reasons but I really appreciate the timeless gift she gave me – a love of stories and books.  That kind of gift never dates!

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Enough books to be going on with....  Image via Pixabay

Enough books to be going on with…. Image via Pixabay