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Monday Morning New Twitter Follower Post

June 11, 2012 Leave a comment

More new Twitter followers to say hello to!

NettleNettle‏@KarenLovell

Irish living in London, currently writing Gothic romance

Author of The Mummy Maker’s Daughter and Princess of the Nile, two novels in ancient Egypt  http://su.pr/16Pt8j

Voice K is a magazine that aims to inspire children to write, create and publish their own work.  All of the content is written by children, for children.

Founder of Author EMS. Writer of historicals & RS, lover of travel, fine food & wine, books, cats, married no kids. Learn more about my passion for adventure!

Author who aspires to grow my own TARDIS. Failing that, veg will do (perhaps a stick of celery).

X + Y * C Does Not Equal A Good Story

January 4, 2012 5 comments

I had, what I consider, one of the most nonsensical discussions with a know-it-all author last night. This author, insists that a good fantasy novel must, and he emphasized the must, follow a very rigid formula.

For example, he said that the opening chapter must have action, the second chapter should be character development, the third chapter was for presenting back story, the fourth chapter had to be back to action … and so on he rambled.

I asked him if he wore a lab coat and mixed his concoctions up in beakers with such a rigid formula for “success”. Still he insisted he was right, despite having just two novels published to his name and neither of which have sold any number of appreciable copies.

How boring it must be to write like this. To lock yourself into such a little box with no room to expand beyond codes that in my opinion do nothing other than force everything one writes to be so similar? That would be boring.

What if, I asked, one’s story was not an “action” fantasy? How would you open with action? He said such things don’t sell. I reminded him, apparently neither does what you write. He got upset and dropped the argument.