Story Shuffle Project App. Image supplied by Eastleigh Borough Council.



Truth and Lies looks at the crucial role these play in fiction (no crime fiction would be complete without them, just to name one genre!).  They are often the spark for the conflict which is the story.  I look at how your “lying” characters should be able to have good reasons for being this way.  They have to be able to “carry it off” so need to be able to justify, if only to themselves, their lies and the way they act.  Sometimes, of course, it isn’t a case of “lying” as such but one character needing to change their perspective and there can be some interesting stories to write on that theme.   In a clear black and white truth and lie situation (as is often the case with fairytales), this conflict has to be resolved.  There has to be a clear “good guy” and “bad guy”.  I think this is one reason why fairytales will always be popular with children.  There is usually a clear sense of right and wrong and that can be comforting when, even at a young age, you do know the world isn’t always like that.  Thoughts and comments welcome on this…


The Joy of Editing (another of my titles that say it all!) discusses my three stages of editing.  I start with gettig rid of the typos and grammatical errors.  This is probably my least favourite of the editing stages I do so am glad to get it done (though I do have a final overview to check I have picked these all up).  The second is to check the story or article makes sense.  The third is to ensure any additions  work.  (These are usually put in because I spot something in the second edit that needs clarifying or I have inserted another, stronger idea I know will improve the piece).  The post gives more details but I would love to hear your thoughts and comments on editing.  Do you like it/hate it?  What do you find works best for you?


Finally!  The perfect topic for a fiction writer to blog about – a Storytelling Festival! This is taking place in the Borough of Eastleigh (of which Chandler’s Ford is part) across ten local libraries and a local theatre.  It is being held between 10th – 22nd April and there are plenty of things to interest younger ones.

There are creative writing and other workshops (one I would have loved to have gone to had this been around when I was growing up is about Fairytales and Monsters and involves games and play!).

The Story Shuffle app, a project which digitised versions of the story of Sir Bevis of Hampton as written by school children across the Borough, is now being opened up to the public.  The children taking part initially had their own code so they could access their own and the other tales on the app but had to go to their local libraries to do so.  The same libraries are rerunning this but the public can now try this app.

I very much hope that everyone going to the Festival has a wonderful time and that reading for pleasure is encouraged by events like this.


I share news of my CFT post.



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I hope all who go to this have a fantastic, fictional time!  Image supplied by Eastleigh Borough Council.





Books really are the gatekeepers BUT they can also be investigators as Westminster Bones clearly is. Image via Pixabay.



I talk about Story Endings with Bite tonight and share one example from my book, From Light to Dark and Back Again.  You will easily guess the genre from the ending I share but it is what leads up to that ending which is the whole point of that particular story. I discuss the importance of the impact of the ending of the story and the methods I use when writing flash fiction in particular.  I sometimes start with the ending and work backwards, other times I start with an interesting line and see where it takes me, but the ending must be as strong as the beginning (and ideally stronger so you really finish with a “bang”!).


Truth and Lies looks at the fun to be had when reading a story for the first time as you try to work out which characters are generally truthful or not as the case may be.  Having an unreliable narrator is a great twist on this but the clues must be in the story that the narrator may not be all they appear to be.  The thing to remember is characters tell the truth as they see it.  The villain of the piece really does see that they are justified and will make out a case for it.  Great stories with lots of conflict can be had from working out why a character lies and what happens when their lying is exposed (which can come as a shock to them, if they honestly thought they had been right).


A short, sharp piece tonight about one reason I love books.  (Got to limit it to one otherwise I could have written a long essay on that topic!).


After a swim, I'm soon back at the keyboard. Image via Pixabay.

Back at the keyboard. Image via Pixabay.