Most of the posts on this blog are guest-related but this is my little corner where I say what I’ve been up to and this week I’ve had a very busy few days, and have a few coming up…
What I’ve been up to this week:
- Following on from last week’s LitBits Weekly Challenge’s honourable mention, I’ve gone one better and am one of four winners in their final challenge. 🙂 http://otherpublishing.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/lit-bits-weekend-challenge-4-winners
- The latest chat-up line is “I think my eyes are broken because I can’t seem to take them off you.” See the previous two MMMs for others – I received the ‘fell for you’ one again this week (and no, none of them worked).
- I’ve been busy preparing lesson plans for my creative writing courses for Northamptonshire County Council’s Adult Learning which started on the 7th January and I’m having such a wonderful time. The details (and booking links for the spring term) are on https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/courses/northampton-writing-courses.
What this blog’s been up to:
Apart from the weekday writing exercises, this past week’s posts were…
- Tuesday: Guest Post: Be Resolute, Make A Plan by Adrian Magson
- Wednesday: Book Review 024: Rosalind Minett reviews Malambo by Lucia Charun Illescas
- Thursday: Guest post: Acknowledge Your Achievements by Louisa Clarkson
- Friday: Flash Fiction Friday 120: The Wives by Kristina England
- Saturday: Author interview no 698: Shirley You Jest fiction winner Amy Sprenger
- Earlier today: Post-weekend Poetry 105: Unlucky In Love by Salvatore Buttaci
- And I added Kelly Miller’s two mystery books to https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/books-other-peoples/novels-novellas
- I had a question on this blog’s ‘Ask Me’ page askgin, “I am a 12 yr old writer and I am currently writing a book called “other side”. I’m seriously having problems creating hooks and making the book original and not some ripoff of the clique.Did you have a problem making a story it’s own and if so did it come out original and how should I make my book original?” and my reply was, “Hello, Anna. Thank you for your message. I wouldn’t worry about your story being unoriginal. Unless you deliberately copy passages of another author’s work, you’re not copying. West Side Story has the same plot as Romeo & Juliet. A lot of authors think that by reading it will influence their writing but every writer should also be a reader and it’s what established authors recommend. If you feel you are creating a cliche, think of another way of saying it e.g. cold as ice, think of something else, something unusual that’s really cold (polar bear?). Hooks can be tricky but sometimes when writing novels the hook is in chapter 2 or three so you need to remove the slow start (which is usually an introduction to a character or their backstory) and filter it in thereafter. Writing is a craft that just takes practice. No one would put you in front of a canvas and expect a Dali or in front of a piano and expect a concerto. Good luck. I’ll be running some online courses in the next few weeks which will include a novel course (inc. beginnings, middles, ends, cliches etc). I’ll put the details on my blog.”
What’s caught my eye online:
- Public speaking: How to ‘wing it’ without a script http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-25639814
- Dating clichés: not chat-up lines like I’ve been listing here but profiles. I have one of the mentioned ones on mine. 🙂 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-25636342
- Spies to be allowed to break speed limit – I wonder if that includes fictional ones. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25703725
- In research for my teaching, I came across http://damiengwalter.com/2012/01/22/two-four-seven-more-how-many-stories-are-there and http://helenafairfax.com/2013/09/27/the-seven-basic-plots-and-your-favourite-films
Last but not least:
My special thanks goes to just a few of the stalwarts of this blog (contributors and supporters) in no particular order…
- Jane Risdon
- Chris Farley
- Debra Borys
- Sue Vincent
- Deb Donahue
- Marion Grace Wooley
- Paula Acton
- Sophie E Tallis
- Joy V Smith
- Yvonne Hertzberger
- Lesley Carter
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