This week's faux news - six-word stories inspired by the week's events.
Most writing these days seems to be created using a computer, or at least an electronic device of some kind. I do mine on my phone. It's consumed on paper or on an electronic device. Making a book involves writing a large number of words, and presenting them in one of those formats. But what... Continue Reading →
How to write a classic fantasy or fairytale. What are the elements of a classic fantasy tale? How can you give your story that timeless, old-school feel?
A manic week at work, plus school holiday duties, has left no time for writing. I did not even manage my 280-character tweet fics until a big catchup on Saturday. It's not like me not to write. I think I need my summer holiday. Soon, soon... Once again, actual headlines leave little for the would-be... Continue Reading →
Tweet fics from this week. Very short stories, microfictions, 280 characters or shorter. Written to daily prompts. When the #nuns found my steam#punk comics, they confiscated the lot . You're #lucky it's me, wicked girl, said Sister Brigid. Steam robots! Ladies with iron breasts! No supper for you. In the night, #calm, I crept to... Continue Reading →
There's nothing worse than a hero who is too heroic. Maybe the hero is a beautiful girl with a deep sense of honour and a desire to see justice done in the world. I hate her already. Or perhaps the hero is big, strong, decent, and not afraid to wade in and fix international politics.... Continue Reading →
Why are circuses and fairs so fascinating? Why do people run away with the circus? And why do we love a circus fantasy story so much? I think it is because in olden times, the circus was almost the only travelling organisation you might hitch a ride with. There were others - army recruiters, roaming... Continue Reading →
In warm sunshine it's hard to imagine bad things happening. If it all goes wrong, we think, we could forage for food, live off the land, sleep under the stars with a curious deer nosing at our bare feet. But sunshine only lasts a few days and meanwhile there's a wildfire on the moors and... Continue Reading →
This is my response to a challenge issued by Bryan Hutchinson on the Positive Writer blog, to list 40Reasons why I write. Listing it like this has been helpful in expressing my goals - the expected outcomes of writing. But all my main reasons were not about the results of writing, but the act of... Continue Reading →