Sunday, 16 December 2012

On writing serials

Excellent post here from Della Galton on writing serials for the women's magazines.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Character timeline

Here's a fantastically useful resource for writers - a character or story timeline calculator! If you've ever got your head in a spin trying to work out how old your MC Flossie would have been when she attended her auntie's wedding which was held five years before Flossie's cousin Alfie was born, and Alfie is now 23, only this is a timeslip story so you're writing as though it's 1973 except for the bits which are set in 2012 with flashbacks to Flossie's wartime childhood ...

You get the picture. Help is at hand - plug the relevant dates and events into Wendy's StoryTimeline spreadsheet which can be downloaded from this link, and all the hard work will be done for you. Wendy's husband developed this, so many thanks to him, and to Wendy Clarke for sharing it. (She's happy for you to share it further on your blogs or Twitter/Facebook, as long as you credit her and add a link back to her blog.)

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Book shelf

I've just updated my Bookshop page - click on link at top of page - to add Della Galton's The Short Story Writer's Toolshed. 

If people have started asking you what you want for Christmas, why not ask for some how-to write books? Mind you, Della's latest is only £1.88 as an ebook so you could probably just treat yourself to that one!

Monday, 3 December 2012

Comings and Goings

If you want an 'advent calendar' with a difference - check in to the Pocketeers' blog daily - for their advent calendar of heroines. 

Sadly, no sooner did we get all excited about the Easy Reads, which replaced My Weekly's Pocket Novels and then ran alongside them, than we hear they're to be axed. Sally Q confirmed this today with Maggie Seed. However, still send in your short novels and they'll be considered for the My Weekly imprint. There will be two published a month, and traditional romances are required. Personally I don't think they've given Easy Reads long enough to get established. I loved them. But I guess the sales figures aren't high enough. So we're back where we were.