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FLASH FICTION ADVANTAGES

FAIRYTALES WITH BITE

Part 4 of my A to Z of Writing Tips covers L through to N. I look at literacy (and by implication libraries), memory and notebooks!

THIS WORLD AND OTHERS

I talked a little about one advantage of writing flash fiction on my Facebook page but expanded the idea here in Flash Fiction AdvantagesI’m sure you can think of other advantages but a major one for me is writing flash fiction has taught me to “write tight”.  As the word count is limited (especially if you write 100 words stories as I do), every word must count and so useless ones show up very clearly.  My weak words are “very”, “that” and “actually”.  They do nothing for the story.  They convey no information, change of mood etc so out they come.  And I reduce my word count!  (Also words like this slow pace down so removing them for that reason improves the story too).

CHANDLER’S FORD TODAY

I hope to have a post ready for the end of the week.  I’ve needed a short break due to a family bereavement.

FACEBOOK – GENERAL and FROM LIGHT TO DARK AND BACK AGAIN

From today – this post is again focusing on using flash fiction to help you spot your weak words and remove them from whatever form of writing you do.  This post started out on my book’s Facebook link.

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From yesterday – I discuss how Doctor Who has been consistently right over the years with regard to monsters.  This is partly my response  to the recent horrible terror attacks in Manchester and London, but I also show why the Doctor has long been one of my heroes.

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Good range to start with any way!  Image via Pixabay

 

FAIRYTALE MISMATCHES AND SURPRISES

FAIRYTALES WITH BITE

I share some examples of Fairytale Mismatches tonight.  What might happen when the Three Bears, just having had their house vandalized, meet a crone never before seen in the area selling suspiciously shiny food?  Hmm…  What might happen if Cinderella is confronted by the elves who helped the shoemaker for being careless enough to lose her glass slipper?  I think there could be some very unhappy ever after endings here!

THIS WORLD AND OTHERS

I met Mark Miller of the Three Rivers Rail Community Partnership unexpectedly today and this was lovely as they are supporting my book signing session at Chandler’s Ford Railway Station on 8th July. It was great to meet him.  I like surprises like that.  Talking of which, in Surprises – Nice or Otherwise, I ask how do your characters react to surprises?  If you write twist in the tale stories as I do, is there a twist and one that is reasonable based on the premise of your story?  Life is full of surprises, many of which are life changing.  How do your bring those into your story and how do your characters handle them?

FACEBOOK – GENERAL

I love interviewing other writers for Chandler’s Ford Today and I particularly relish finding out what inspired them to write in the first place.   I talk more about this in tonight’s post.  (Oh and yes I do love pictures of beautiful libraries incidentally!).

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FACEBOOK – FROM LIGHT TO DARK AND BACK AGAIN

Two posts here tonight.  I talk again about meeting Mark Miller but also share a link to my review on Chandler’s Ford Today a while ago of the wonderful guide book, Station Walks, which is fully supported by the Three Rivers Rail Community Partnership.  I recommend both the book and the Salisbury walks in it, though I’d like to find time to try out the other walks listed.

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My second post lists some of the advantages of flash fiction.  This includes being easy to read both in terms of mobile devices (the stories look great on here and scrolling down is a doddle) but also, with print books, being easy to dip into as and when.  (Yes, I know I’m biased!).  Also there are more flash fiction competitions these days and you can even use flash as a way to draft a blurb for a book.  See my post for more.

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