I’m not focusing on this until later, but wanted to let you know what the inspiration behind this month’s story prompt will be…
Victoria da Silva has kindly allowed us to use one or more of her lovely girl doodles to be our inspiration. They can be found here:
So, please go have a look, choose one or more or them all, and prepare to begin your story. I’ll be back with the words in around 4-5 hours, as I usually focus on them after eight, after all the stuff I HAVE to do is done.
Also, be aware that Victoria has her own challenge, and would like you to share short stories about her doodles, be they part of your August 3words or something else stand alone. Please play along.
Yes, that’s right – I managed to NOT focus on my EconomyEdits job for the weekend, the first two consecutive days I’ve not client-edited since I began.
Thanks for the ok, Nicole. 😉
On top of that, I actively worked on ME things. First, I tarted up all the 3words shorts that I wanted to include in the collection. Then I created an eBook. And then I began working on the paperback version (give it a couple of days – tomorrow’s busy, and I’m back on the job again :)).
Oh, and I finished reading my novel TELL ME SOMETHING TRUE. I don’t like to toot my own horn, but… Man, I enjoyed reading that. I do think the intentional typos could be an issue, though, so will be stop-gapping that tomorrow or Tuesday by adding a “WARNING: TYPOS AHEAD!” type page at the start. And then see from there.
But today is more about 3words Redux now being available on Amazon as an eBook, and can be found here:
I do like that cover. 🙂
And don’t forget – 3words August will be upon is in just a few days… so please seriously think about committing just 10 minutes a day to an ongoing story. You never know – you may love it! Obviously, I think you will. 🙂
My novel TELL ME SOMETHING TRUE is about life and writing, and how each affects or directs the other. It features an amateur / wannabe writer as its main character, and even less able amateur / wannabe writers as its lesser main characters (with non-writers also present in large numbers, so don’t worry 😉 ).
However, because they are amateur writers, I actively chose to leave in & insert some typos and tense & punctuation errors, as they wouldn’t be perfect as writers or editors of their fiction, and I thought these errors played an important part in the story. Don’t get me wrong, there aren’t thousands, despite it being a 700 page book, but they are randomly scattered.
And yet, while I’m re-reading it in paperback form, I’m now left wondering if –until this idea becomes obvious that it’s intentional, and the proliferation of wannabe writers is understood– readers will simply think the book isn’t fully edited. And, as a paid editor, I really wouldn’t want that. 😮 🙂
So, my question to you is this: which of these options below do you think I should do, and why?
- (a) Leave everything as is – if the reader doesn’t “get it” or walks away early so be it
- (b) Leave everything as is, but add an ‘idiot guide’ type feature at the start to ‘warn’
- (c) Correct all typos for the MAIN character, but leave others to “highlight difference”
- (d) Correct all typos etc for the MAIN character as per (c), but ADD the ‘idiot guide’
- (e) Correct ALL typos as it will otherwise alienate readers as amateurish or pretentious
I think I want to stand true (for the moment, at least) with (a), but if enough voters suggest otherwise I will seriously consider editing.
Plus, the more I think about it, the more I think I (and a potential reader) might benefit from a line added one the dedication page, along the lines of: “There are some intentional typos in this novel. The reason for this will become clear as you read.” ?
Thank you for your time.
Looks, feels and smells (yes, I said it) fabulous. 🙂
If you’re jealous, feel free to get your own:
I’ll post a pic of me n my books when the other two arrive. OR, if I can finalise a Wonky cover style, when the four plus Wonky arrive. Bet you can’t wait. 🙂
These are ten of my favourite stories, being tales of everyday people struggling through sadness and hope while hoping for connections within distance, all of them trying to find a liveable pathway through the minutiae of daily living.
In A SWIM IN THE CLOUDS, two once-close sisters reconnect through words and books, but mostly through action while confronting their dark past, and their hopes for a better future.
In GIRAFFE SPOTS, a lonely man who is missing his sister’s support learns how to blow bubbles and forgive while spending an afternoon in the park with three surprising new friends.
In UP AGAINST A WALL, an everyday family man stoically performs his job, but lives for his family, while feeling his life is unappreciated by all, especially his beloved, distant daughter.
In BOBBY LOU, a once-exiled and self-confessed flasher returns to his home town seeking redemption, reconciliation or understanding, and rekindles an important connection.
In HAZARD LIGHTS, two lonely co-workers struggle to be true while keeping their affair a secret, yet daren’t admit even the most rudimentary feelings towards each another.
In COLD, a relationship-questioning drunk discusses his problems with his partner’s cat in the garden while said partner sleeps, seeking answers or reason but finding only mistakes.
In HALFWAY HOME, a long-term family man struggles to find any kind of happiness in his distant wife or mocking daughters, and finds he feels happier living within his sleeping reality.
In EVERY MINUTE, a boy and his mother struggle to find any kind of sleep or peace, pining for the man of their house who is no longer with them, while wishing for a better future.
In HOW EASY WE BREAK, a barely-functioning, self-distancing alcoholic tries to keep hold of himself but slips, and slips again, influencing and harming those who would love him.
In LADDERS, a currently unemployed, middle-aged, repeating-father is unhappy at home, but finds an unexpected way to dream while resolving his past mental and physical issues.
Loved this. Treat yourself.
Thoroughly enjoyed this. Character-driven tales of lives that aren’t quite where they would like to be. Reminds me of what I like to write, but more importantly of early AM Homes or Catherine Ryan Hyde (pre-Pay It Forward), or maybe Anne Tyler. Treat yourself.
While I was sleeping, somebody made the first ever paperback purchase of my novel TELL ME SOMETHING TRUE.
I sure do hope they enjoy it. 🙂
Just discovered they bought it via Amazon, not CreateSpace. Still just as happy they bought it, but there would have been a few more pennies in my pocket if purchased through CreateSpace. 😉
Not by me, as my copies haven’t arrived yet, but by Lois, who I revealed the other day was the first person to buy a copy from CreateSpace. Thanks for sharing a photo of my “baby” arriving home…