About Writing, Life and Writing About Life

Archive for October, 2012

Lessons In Fiction – In Media Res & Backstory

Last week I was thinking about what I needed to learn in terms of writing fiction. The first one I want to talk about is In Media Res, which literally translates as ‘Into the Middle of Affairs’. This is all about where the story starts, and involves jumping right into the middle of the action, then usually telling the beginning of the story in one or more flashbacks. This is a very common technique in movies, for instance. (more…)


Thought for the week – In Tune with the Seasons

I had a surprise the other week – our regular supply of eggs, fresh from a friend’s farm, was cut off for the winter. Apparently, hens don’t lay as many eggs in the colder months, so there aren’t enough to go round. I wonder how come I have managed to make it to the far side of my forties without knowing this? (more…)

Friday Fictioneers – After The Wedding

Welcome to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, who is the new host/boss of the fabulous Friday Fictioneers. This week’s photograph is also courtesy of Rochelle. My story this week is below the picture and if you would like to visit the other stories (you know you want to!) you can do this from Rochelle’s blog on the link above. (more…)

Lessons in Fiction – Where to Start?

I didn’t quite get to do my usual Tuesday post about writing in some shape or form. So slightly delayed, here it is today. This is also slightly momentous in a ‘that’s interesting to me, but probably no-one else cares at all’ way as it will be my 100th post on this blog. Things have changed quite a bit since I started working on my third book as I started this blog a few months ago. (more…)

Thought for the week – Building Connections

I’ve just got back from visiting my Dad. He is a full time carer for my stepmother, who has dementia. Now I already know just how hard that is, but my Dad has so far seemed to cope incredibly well. He has a strong faith, a pretty stoic attitude to life and support from his stepchildren, who come over regularly to spend time with their mother while he goes out walking or to various church activities. But when I arrived Dad seemed really low. (more…)

Be An Author Extract – Traditional vs Self Publishing Part 2

Following on from last week’s extract from Be An Author, here we find out how the contributors made the decision as to whether they would take the traditional route or publish their book themselves. (more…)

5:2 Diet Report no. 2

So, after my diappointment last month, I knew I couldn’t cope with waiting another 4 weeks to weigh myself. Instead I went for the opposite approach and weighed myself every day. Here’s what I discovered: (more…)