Deep POV—What’s So Deep About It

Hello my little munchkin fruit parcels. This blog post was sent to me by writer and artist lady Betty Rocksteady and I found it helpful, so I think you will too:

 

Discover what deep POV is and and how to use this popular viewpoint in your fiction and stories. Give viewpoint characters deep POV.

Source: Deep POV—What’s So Deep About It

My Liebster Award Questionaire (And Nominations)

Hello! The other day my blog was nominated for a Liebster award. I may not have known what it was but I was very pleased as it made me sound intellectual, thus I purchased a pipe, a smoking jacket and crisps.

In actual fact it’s awarded to blogs with less than 3,000 subscribers. I must answer eleven questions given to me by Angela D’Onofrio and nominate 5-11 other bloggers, giving them 11 questions to answer which are at the bottom of this post (and they must then do the same). Here goes!

  1. What was one of your most random, unexpected inspirations? Probably the ones late at night when half asleep. It’s a cliche but ideas always come to me from dreams or sleepy thoughts.
  2. Which book made you realize that you wanted to be an author?
    I always wanted to write, or so my mum says, but the first time I clearly remember thinking I wanted to write my own books was after reading The Witches by Roald Dahl. I was so scared reading about all the horrible things that happened to children that I really wanted to make people feel the same.
  3. Is there a book that you absolutely love that’s the exact opposite of your “usual fare”? (Example: I hoard high fantasy, but have read Augusten Burroughs’ “Running With Scissors” three times.)
    I love Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, all of the sisters fascinate me. Actually it’s quite a gothic story so maybe it’s not so out of character. I laughed like a fool when I read Jenny Lawson’s ‘Let’s Pretend This Never Happened,‘ you should read it.
  4. Do you ever craft playlists for your writing projects?  (Please share some of the songs you’ve used, if you do!) I go a bit obsessive when it comes to music and writing. For specific projects I often hit on a song that keeps me going and play it on repeat. Sometimes it’s a playlist I find on youtube, but either way I keep the headphones on so I don’t drive anyone batty. Once it was this 20s jazz playlist on youtube. During the story A Piece Worth Millions it was anything by or including the vocals of Anneka Snip, such as this, and while writing Rainbows Suck I listened to Space Boots by Miley Cyrus. All in all a rather eclectic mix.
  5. Which authors do you read when you need to fine-tune your own writing voice? If I need assistance with personal style I try to stick to straight-forward prose about off-the-wall things. I love poetic writing but it’s just not me, so I might choose Alice In Wonderland or Leonora Carrington.
  6. What would your dream workspace look like?
    The Occult, 1920s room at Talliston House, Dunmow, Essex (but with a computer).

    The 1929 Occult Study at Talliston House
    The 1929 Occult Study at Talliston House
  7. Obligatory Writing Beverage of Choice Question! (Bonus points if it isn’t actually stereotypically coffee!)
    Diet Coke! And tea.
  8. CDs or MP3s (or, hey, vinyl or cassette)?
    MP3s. I love the idea that our possessions float in the ether.
  9. What’s your favorite Disney movie? (The former aspiring animator in me NEEDS to know.)
    I’m not really a Disney fan, however at the time I loved Beauty and the Beast, probably because it’s a fairly depressing one. I also quite liked The Little Mermaid. I loved Watership Down more than Disney (apart from that terrible song) because I enjoyed the violence and how much it upset other children. I also went through a phase of watching the Japanese Godzilla and it’s sequels over and over. I was an odd child.
  10. If you had to model your entire wardrobe after any fictional character, who would it be?
    I can’t make decisions so I’ll just say the gothic/rainbow/circus outfits worn by many of Neil Gaiman’s characters.
  11. Is there a theme which persistently creeps into your work, whether you want it to or not?  (Please tell me it’s not just me.) I’ve noticed my tendency to stuff as many bright colours in as possible, plus I seem to be currently pre-occupied with social media. It fascinates me how a person can be famous whilst sitting at home, and how much we bare ourselves to others.

There we have it! My nominees to answer the questions below are:

Leza Cantoral

Eraserhead Press

The Year of Halloween

Anastasia Catris

Betty Rocksteady

And my questions for you are:

  1. When did you first realise you were drawn to the strange and odd
  2. What do you love most about the strange and unusual
  3. What are your favourite books/art pieces/films/TV shows etc
  4. What do you want to say/show by blogging
  5. How easy do you find it to get an audience, and do you have any tips
  6. What are your creative/blogging goals
  7. Who inspires you, famous or not famous
  8. What’s your strangest memory
  9. Do you have a routine when you need to think up ideas
  10. What are you most proud of so far
  11. Have you ever had strong or unexpected responses

Writing Exercises For The Brand New Creative Year (And An 80s Montage)!

Blimey, an exclamation mark! And another! Yes, it’s the new year, that time when all roads point to Busy and Art and Stuff.

So, without further ado, here are a few videos I found on exercises to get those writing muscles all flexing and wibbly (my my, your writing hands are ripped). Firstly, though, for any of you who like to keep things weird, here are a couple of books I found useful: Architectures of Possibility: After Innovative Writing by Lance Olsen, Surrealist Games by Various and Instigation: Creative Prompts On The Dark Side by Michael Arnzen. It won’t be easy but you can do it. I believe in you. Just watch the montage at the end and you’ll have a book in ten minutes.

A Writing Teacher’s Favorite Exercises. Apparently this lady wrote a ‘classic’ book called Bird By Bird full of ways to get the creative goo flowing from your ears.

Easy Writing Exercise/Game

Writing Original Stories: Three Exercises

Poetry writers need exercise too. This girl is quite jolly, plus she has multi-coloured cats on her T Shirt: Poetry Writing Exercise

Here is an entire conversation between horror writer Jack Ketchum and editor Laurie Lamson discussing exercise book NOW WRITE! SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, AND HORROR. There’s lots of exercises by lots of writer type people. In Conversation: Jack Ketchum and Laurie Lamson

There we have it1 Good luck and I’ll see you on the other side. Do keep me updated and for anyone in a hurry, here’s an 80s book montage by Danger Slater:

Writing Advice From Professional Authors

Oh, hello! You’re early! My my… I was just in the middle of baking macaroons. Erm, have a seat and chat with these well known author types until I’m finished:

Neil Gaiman’s advice for aspiring authors:

Octavia Butler on writing science fiction:

Ray Bradbury on writing:

Jeff Vandermeer on weird writing:

Angela Carter discusses her writing:

Jamaica Kincaid on finding her voice as a writer:

Guest Post: Inkflash is like exploring inside a book trailer that’s come to life

Good afternoon my little extra servings of sugar in a cup of tea, I’ll be popping off for a couple of weeks for a minor operation but never fear – here is a guest post by Matt Stephens about his new website, a kind of virtual book trailer thing. He’ll explain it much better than I can. Anyway, here is his post:

 

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“Since online shopping began, I’ve felt that discovering and buying books on the Internet is a rather clinical experience, not really befitting the fact that I’m buying escapist novels. So, almost a year ago to the day, I quit my day job and set out to create Inkflash.com – a Virtual Reality book discovery site.

 

Inkflash has evolved into a book marketing hub for authors to promote their books in themed 3D rooms. The site launched just a month ago. Authors have already begun signing up to have a themed “author room” created for them (we’re adding new rooms every day). The rooms are designed to evoke the world or period that the books are set in; the effect is like an interactive book trailer that you can step into and walk around in.

 

The magical element is that all of this works in your web browser, so anyone can visit the site and explore new literary worlds in 3D. Visitors can browse for murder mysteries in virtual recreations of Victorian London, or find perfect books for Winter in a snow-laden park where the only sound is the crunch of their footsteps.

 

Rooms are linked via doorways, so visitors to the site can wander from one room to the next, exploring books and discovering new authors as they go. Although Inkflash is still very new, it’s already shaping organically into different “neighbourhoods” of historical novelists, science fiction authors, romance authors and so forth.CatRambo

 

Each author room can also show book trailers up on a big “video wall”, plus Twitter and blog feeds. It’s all interactive, so you can click on anything in the room and (for example) link through to your website or a book’s Amazon page.

 

I hope you’ll agree that Inkflash makes shopping for books on the Web more fun and engaging than a “point and click” ecommerce site. It’s also great for authors who want to make their books really stand out from the crowd. If you’re an author (aspiring or published), I hope you’ll join us on Inkflash very soon!”

 

Based in London, Matt Stephens is the owner and co-founder of Inkflash, and founder of indie Historical Fiction publisher Fingerpress. Before that he spent 20 years as a software developer, mainly in finance, and wrote some books on software design.

Authors who’d like a virtual room on Inkflash should contact Matt without delay, at: matt@inkflash.com

 

Bizart – Podcast of Advice For Writers And Artists

Good day! I trust you slept well. Time to brush away the cobwebs that have grown around you and have a listen to the latest podcast episode by myself and artist friend Steve.

We discuss making art on a budget, ways to earn money using your creativity and a story by one of our listeners. Feel free to send us your own unusual tale under 300 words, just visit the podcast site for details. Unsure if it’s unusual? Send it anyway and let us decide.

Next episode we look at making digital art and scams targeting writers and artists to avoid.

Link to Podcast

Real Editors Give Writing Advice

Merry morn to you all! Although, it’s probably not morning where you are. And maybe not so merry. But it will be merry with all these lovely advice videos I handpicked just for you!

Without further ado, the first one is called The Top 5 Mistakes Amateur Writers Make

This one is a crazy length (about an hour and a half) but just pretend you’re at a college lecture – Writing Tips And Advice From Lovecraft Ezine Editor Mike Davis

This one is from a friend of the ‘vlogbrothers’, who are two professional writers who also make videos. It’s called Dare To Suck

This one is called Writing for Magazines: Top Tips by Freelance Writer Linda Formichelli and Editor Laura Pepper Wu

This is from the same channel, called: What a literary agent wants! With Rachelle Gardner

Scratch That…Send Us Your Three Hundred Word Or Less Stories

We’re getting too many good stories that are over a hundred and under three hundred, so that’ll be the new length we read on the podcast.

The rest stays the same, send us an odd or scary story along with a website/other contact I can read aloud, however nothing over three hundred as no-one wants to hear me droning on for hours. OK…now!

Send to: bizartcast@gmail.com

Podcast link: bizartpodcast.wordpress.com

Send us your hundred word or less stories

We need your brains. We need to open up the hard outer shell to get to the soft goo inside. We would like odd, weird or scary stories, or perhaps all three, 100 words or less for our podcast. Send the story along with a website or alternative preferred method of online contact for you which I can read out loud with my lips.

Have a listen of the podcast, which weirdly doesn’t feature any stories yet, and send them to bizartcast@gmail.com

Bizart: The Odd, The Art And The Rest

New App – Write Or Die 2

Having trouble…procrastinating? Or just spend much of your writing day staring out the window (ahem). This new app, a mark two of an existing one called Write Or Die (funnily enough), says it can help. Visit their website.

Usable on Windows, Linux and Macs this new version provides rewards for doing well and hassling you when you fail to write for more than ten seconds. Apparently you can choose what pictures you’d like to see – or not to see as punishment:

“This version of Write or Die introduces the concept of positive reinforcement. Sometimes the journey down the blank page seems a long and desolate one. Reward mode helps you mark your progress along the way.

You can finitely adjust how frequently the program rewards you. Set a word goal and tweak the incentive frequency slider to increase or decrease the frequency of word count rewards.

You can also select a directory of images for use as custom reward images, if you have a folder of your favorite pictures and you’d like to see those pictures as rewards.”

Have a look on their website and, if it’s for you, go ahead and let me know what you think.