Saturday, 26 November 2011

Promotion with business cards

 My Moo Cards selection

Writers inevitably have to promote themselves - to agents, publishers, and their (hopefully) adoring readers. There are various techniques for this and I'll discuss some in future posts. However, one of the easy things to do is to get some business cards made.

I decided to try Moo Cards recently. I liked their half-size business cards for their compact appearance, attractiveness and portability, and they can double as small bookmarks so giving them out to people is not as much of a waste as a traditional business card. They have a range of default attractive designs but you can also create your own easily - being a creative type, this is the option that appealed to me! Unfortunately their MOO Green Paper isn't available for the MiniCard size, which made me feel a bit guilty, but I have written to them to ask for this to be an option in future.


Tuesday, 22 November 2011

An orange snippet

 Image: 'Sunset 3' by cooee

Winter is only snow white in hopes, and imagination, and advertising (which lives off the previous two). In reality people say winter is grey, because the truth is that we get grey slush, not snow; grey skies, not blue; grey sea, not green; grey faces, not tans.

Grey isn't my winter colour though. It's orange. The bleeding farewell of the sun watered across the darkening sky as a backdrop to wrapped up days (in both senses of the phrase). Not just a backdrop, but actively pouring from the sky, Irn Bru bright, rays of fluorescence that cast long shadows on snow and grass. Pumpkin orange that makes everything unreal like a living sepia memory, a place of imagination; a shadowed cast of colour that makes me believe I can be a child again.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Writing tips - structure

When it comes to writing there are various structures that can be followed. A conventional structure is covered on this Writers' Village blog post, How to write a gripping story. Then there is Nigel Watts' 'Eight-Point Arc' which breaks things down further. For another approach consider Randy Ingermanson's 'Snowflake Method'. Any of these can be used either to get started, or to map an existing story or novel against in order to see what the 'shape' of the structure is. One caveat - if everyone followed prescriptive structures then there would not be as much variety in literature, so unless you always want to follow a formula then don't feel you have to consider these for every work.


Tuesday, 15 November 2011

A dark snippet

Image: 'moonlit' by Robert S. Donovan

Strange pressure on the eardrum, a fading beat that could have been a heart, then the absence of sound; the silence of a predator watching.

She would fear no evil.


Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

As my friends will attest, I like zombies. Zombie films, zombie games, zombie novels, zombie makeup and zombie women. As such I looked forward to reading Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. It is generally described as a zombie romance (zom-rom with hints of com) about a zombie who becomes more self aware as he falls in love, and comes to question aspects of his lifestyle (and that of other zombies). And as with most zombie works, it therefore isn't really about zombies at all. They exist as a mirror held up to contemporary society, a rotting subject matter hiding wider themes which become more visible as the flesh is stripped away.