Image Credit: Pixabay/Pexels. Scottish pics and images of Lady, the daft but loveable Border Collie cross, were taken by me, Allison Symes.
Book cover images for The Best of Cafelit 9 and Tripping The Flash Fantastic supplied by my publishers – Bridge House Publishing and Chapeltown Books respectively.
Facebook – General – and Chandler’s Ford Today
Pleased to share the link to Part 2 of my Lessons series on CFT. This week I look at lessons learned from the writing life, all of which are useful beyond that.
Went back to Dunnet Bay. Such a wonderful beach. Lady thinks so too! Walked for miles though it always seems further on sand than it actually is!
Plenty of brisk fresh air. Managed to see buzzards fairly close up (could make out the colouring underneath. Don’t usually get to do that). Also spotted a kestrel, sand pipers, and oyster catchers.
Achievement of the week and possibly the year for me – I climbed 600 feet in about a mile exploring the track that runs behind where I’m staying. Yes, it was a very steep track! But see the views below.
Lady bounded up it with no issues at all before going on to have a splendid playtime on Dornoch Beach later in the afternoon. Result? One tired but happy dog!
What would be the perfect day for your characters and why? What would they do to anyone or anything that got in the way of them having that perfect day?
There are story ideas there for a start but also use questions like this for outlining your people. Work out what their strengths and weaknesses are.
Different writers have varying requirements here but what you do need is enough for you to get going on a story with characters who deserve to be written about.
Facebook – From Light to Dark and Back Again
I’ve learned so much from the writing life as I discuss in this week’s CFT post. The great thing is I know that learning will continue.
Maybe try different genres within flash? Maybe write a novella in flash one day – who knows?
But while I know there is writing to do and things to try within that, I know the buzz of writing won’t diminish. And I love that!😄
Big news is that I can now do a book cover reveal for my second flash fiction collection, Tripping The Flash Fantastic. Will be sharing more news soon on this.
More details next week and my CFT post on 18th September will give details on how to register for the FREE Zoom event at the end of the month.
Am I a happy bunny right now? You bet!
I love autumn. I love the changing leaf colours. And the heathers on the hills around where I’m staying at the moment are such wonderful colours.
But there is a sense of transition this early in September as we leave summer behind.
They go from one state of being to another – that is the story you’re writing after all.
What you need to figure out is which moment of transition is the important one to write up.
Fairytales With Bite – Favourites
My favourite part of most fairytales when I was a kid was when the fairy godmother etc turned up and you knew somehow from that point, everything was going to work out okay.
I also like to see the villains get their comeuppance.And I know that last like is something I’ll always have!
This World and Others – Geography
I don’t refer to geography a lot in my flash tales but did use it in my unpublished (as yet!) fantasy novel.
I needed to know something about the landscape my characters inhabit and whether that gets in their way. Also I wanted to look at the differences and similarities with our world.
So it would pay I think to plan out your research just as much as you would plan out the story itself.
Think about what you need to know, jot down where you think further research might be needed later, and write.
Also make a note of sources of research in case a publisher asks and in case you need to retrace your steps. It happens!