Flash Fiction – TMT#32

This is a very quick introduction to and overview of Flash Fiction. What is it? How do you go about writing it? And what can you do with it?

Ok, first things first. What is it? Well our old friend Google describes it as an umbrella term used to describe any fictional work of extreme brevity, including the Six-Word Story, 140-character stories, also known as twitterature, the dribble (50 words), the drabble (100 words), and sudden fiction (750 words). Must admit some of those terms are pretty new to me, but I count anything of 750 words or less as Flash Fiction.

People new to writing Flash usually make the mistake of thinking it doesn’t need to be a complete story – how could it be? It’s so short! You will be surprised. The best example of this is Hemingway’s six word tear-jerker: For sale: baby shoes, never worn. It can and should have a beginning, middle and end, but you need to dispense with any serious pre-amble. It’s a lot like writing any scene – get in late and leave early. Start off by just getting the story down – don’t worry if the first draft is long. You need something to edit and there’s no better feeling than taking a 500 word story and reducing it to a tightly honed 150.

There’s loads of places online to submit your micro-masterpieces, with probably the most famous being Flash 500, but new ones spring up all the time so just give it a Google and get Flashing. Not like that – please, take your minds from the gutter!

There’s not enough time here to cover all the ins and outs of writing Flash and I’m sure we will touch on it again in a future episode, but for now that’s your Two Minute Tip. Tweet us your ideas for more TMTs and check out the longer weekly podcast for more writing chat, inspiration and author interviews. Happy Writing!

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Sarah Hilary – BritCrime Special – Joined Up 46

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“You can always write a better book.” – Sarah Hilary.

After a little break (sorry, we’ve both been very busy!) here is a little treat for you – a great interview with Sarah Hilary, author of the Marnie Rome crime series.

Sarah writes crime thrillers that have been described as ‘superbly disturbing’, ‘stunning’ and ‘meaty, dark and terrifying’. They all feature the central character of DI Marnie Rome. Sarah’s debut novel, ‘Someone Else’s Skin’ won the 2015 Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of The Year Award and she already has three books in the series with a fourth due in 2017. When she isn’t churning out award-winning books, Sarah also runs a flash fiction contest for Crimefest.

Sarah is one of the BritCrime group of writers that are part of the brilliant free online BritCrime Festival that runs July 15th-17th. You can find all of our other BritCrime Interviews here.

You can find out more about Sarah and her work on her blog here and follow her on Twitter.

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Writing can be lonely! TMT#31

In the second of a new TMT mini-series, Leah looks at the solitary nature of Writing and what you can do to stave off some of the feelings of loneliness and detachment that can set in after long bouts at the page.

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Self-publishing sucks, right? – Joined Up#45

Self-publishing sucks, right? Well, actually, no, but a recent article by Ros Barber in The Guardian seemed to be making that assertion so we decided to give our reaction to it.

Understandably, Leah in particular has some very strong views on the subject, having already written and published many of her own series.

We also drew on a great rebuttal from Kristen Lamb here.

And as a little aside, here’s a link to Wayne’s monologue mentioned in the weekly catch-up, as performed by actor, Mark Theobald.

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Writing Sane & Healthy – TMT#30

In the first of a new Two Minute Tip mini-series, Leah looks at the role of mental and physical health in your writing life and gives an introduction in to upcoming episodes.

This series was inspired by the reaction to our previous chat episode and Leah’s blog over at Honest Gym Bunny.

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Mental Well Being and your writing – Joined Up#44

After a very long break – sorry about that, folks – we’re back with a catch up episode and a chat about how your mental well being can impact your work, using Leah’s recent ups and downs as a case in point. Read her latest blog over at Honest Gym Bunny.

It goes without saying we strayed off topic a few times to talk about the benefits of dress-making and Leah’s suggests you check out Annika Victoria on Youtube.

We also had news of our friend, Dianne Noble’s publishing debut, Outcast – which has already garnered some great reviews. Go and check it out.

Our tweets of the week covered book cover designs and a great little piece in the New Yorker.

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Self Publishing – Formatting a Paperback – TMT#29

Formatting your paperback book is the subject of today’s TMT – Two Minute Tip. Leah gives you the knowledge to format your very own paperback, using online tools.

Leah has been self-publishing for several years. To find out what she does and how she does it, take a look at her books and WIPs here.

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