My second article is up on the Writing Bloc! This is the first of a new series we’re starting titled Whichcraft?. We’re going to produce a series of recommendations for writing craft books our members love. This one is for Elements of Fiction Writing: Characters & Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card. Read the article here.
I’ve joined the team on the new Writing Bloc community and will be contributing articles to the website. My first post is an update on an older one from here: How a manuscript becomes a book (Traditional Publishing Edition).
Elements of Fiction Writing is a series of instructive books on the craft of writing, each written by a different author. Characters & Viewpoint is an installment by Orson Scott Card, and I found it to be a great educational read.
“A character is what he does, yes — but even more, a character is what he means to do.”
The book covers in great depth a range of topics, from inventing characters through to portraying them on the page. It looks at understanding what characters you need, how to develop their identity and history, the roles they should play in the story, and how to make it come alive. It also looks at the types of stories you may be telling, how that might affect which characters you choose to focus on, and the points of view you may want to use.
This weekend was the Anime Island Convention in Hobart. It was my second year attending this small local con with a table to talk books and I had a blast. This year, organisers changed things up and put the fan traders on the upper level outside the halls, which meant I had an amazing view, lots of sun, and a direct line to the coffee cart!
The Anime Island Convention (AICon) is on again in Hobart, running from 6 to 8 April at the Wrest Point Convention Centre. Last year was my first time with a table. It was just after successfully winning the Launch Pad competition and I used the weekend to chat to people about the book and learn how to do a convention.
When I booked my table for this year, I was hoping to have early copies of my book to show off, but… that’s not going to be ready. But don’t worry! I have plans!
My book won’t be out, but I have a bunch of friends published by Inkshares (my publisher) who’s books are out, so I’m running a giveaway! I’ve bought a set of Inkshares books that should appeal to my audience and I’ll be giving them away by the end of the weekend. If you’re attending, come along to my table to enter.
Speaking of my table, I have a sweet location this year — right outside the second hall. Check it out!
I’ve teamed up with an amazing group of authors to offer an amazing Star Wars give-away. It’s open to everyone, worldwide, so hurry before entries close. You could win all this:
Just fill in the form to get your first entry, then optionally share on social media and follow the authors for bonus entries. Simple!
But hurry — entries are only open until 20 March @ 12pm AKST.
I just finished reading The Creakers with my young son and it’s delightful. It tells the tale of Wiffington and the relationship between its residents and the creatures known as the Creakers. Specifically, it focusses on the children of the town after they awake to find every grown-up has mysteriously vanished overnight.
Our heroine for the story is young Lucy Dungston, who’s a worthy hero for the adventure. While many children celebrate their new freedom, Lucy attempts to solve the riddle of where their parents have gone. She takes it upon herself to keep her fellow children safe and return the grown-ups to Wiffington — no small order. With monsters under the bed, people being snatched, and a strange, backwards world called the Woleb, The Creakers tiptoes along the edge of scary for its intended audience. However, Fletcher has a wonderful sense of humor, regularly breaking the fourth wall to interact with the reader, and lightening the mood considerably.
The story has great pacing, an eclectic cast of characters, and a strong dose of ridiculousness. It also features excellent illustrations throughout to help bring everything to life. My son and I both loved it — two thumbs up.
The Creakers is aimed at younger readers. Due to the production quality and illustrations, I recommend the physical book rather than eBook.