This is a great guest post from blogger Claire Quigley at Book riot. Why You Should Read Weird Fiction
My first experience with Weird Fiction was of course H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror. Following that I was hooked and soon started righting my own weird stories. As the post suggests, Weird Fiction works best in the short form. I think that is because you are able to maintain the sense of dread and uncertainty through the whole length of the piece. In something the size of a novel this would become unbearable about half way through and turn off many readers. Not that it can’t be done. You just have to work in increments and even then, to me at least, the end product is not as powerful as a short story. I urge you to click on and read the post and then try out something from the weird, you might find you like it there.
I came across another excellent post from Janet Reid, http://jetreidliterary.blogspot.com/2016/04/please-tell-me-you-didnt-pay-money-for.html. I know these are intended to be cautionary tales but sometimes I find some of these humorous. At other times I get infuriated at the hole machine that has popped up to, “assist,” writers. You can waste a lot of money, money that would be better spent on editors, book formatting and cover designers. Just always remember there are no sure things, no corners to cut, and a sucker is born every minute.
I’ve been away from this blog for a bit. Lazy, self-involved, or too much time in front of the TV you decide. So when in need of quick and easy content go with flash fiction. And here we are.
“I still can’t believe how easy it was to rip the head right off.”
Jace looked over at me. “Easy? Until I came upon you, you looked like you were going to be that thing’s dinner.”
I shook some bloody tendons off my gloves. “No way, I had him right where I wanted him.”
“One good thing about these flying Calamari is they go down easy once you get past the armor.”
I chuckled, Jace was half right, the armor was the hard part but the beings names were, as close as our scientists could translate, the Caljhieri. Where they came from, what they want no one can say. At any rate who even expected war to lead to better understanding.
I admit I’m a sucker for a good opening line. So much so, that I keep a notebook of ones that I come up with even if I don’t have a novel or story to go with them. I know someday I will. Writing first lines is fun but in the chronology of your work’s creation rarely fit in. Many times I have added or removed the first chapter once the rest of the work has taken shape. I was going to write more on them, but then I saw this post from Rachelle Gardner and figured I could do no better. http://www.rachellegardner.com/that-all-important-first-line/
In the spirit of things I could add an own opening line I just came upon in my head: This would make a Hell of a first line for a book if it wasn’t happening right now, and to me.
Going through my RSS feed I came across this post from Janet Reid regarding a question about what to include in a query if the agent asks for the first 5 pages but your main character does not appear until the second chapter. http://jetreidliterary.blogspot.com/2016/03/include-first-3-5-pages-with-your-query.html
Here is what my answer would be. Rewrite the book. Your main character is just that, your main character and should be the first character your reader comes across. I know, I know, there are several classic works where that isn’t the case, but as I said this is my rule. Readers need to know that the people you are introducing them to are significant to the story and capture their interest. I know if I am going to commit to 400 pages I want to meet the person that I am going to be rooting for as soon as possible. I know, with my characters, the protagonist is such that I can’t get very far into the writing without him or her making their presence known. But lets hear from you in the comments. What’s the furthers you’ve gone before introducing your main character?
Currently on Goodreads.com I am giving away 10 copies of my latest book, The Hole In Your Mind. You have until March 8th to enter. As part of the rules winners will be expected to leave a review of the book, but you were already going to do that anyway. Right? Good luck, and like voting enter early and often.
Click here to enter: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29202183-the-hole-in-your-mind
The Book Designer . com has released their list of eBook cover award winners. Some of these are very well done. I cannot stress the value of a good cover. Looking over these I saw some that I might not have chosen but then again I saw many that gave me ideas for covers for some of my future work. Click on the link to check out the story. http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2016/02/e-book-cover-design-awards-january-2016/
My Collection of short stories, The Hole In Your Mind, is available in paperback and as an eBook on Amazon.com. I’ve been working on it for awhile and some of the stories I’ve had since I began writing. The short flash fiction parts were all exercises at the West Valley Writers’ Workshop, but were interesting enough I had to include them between the stories. The paperback sells for $12.99 and the Kindle version goes for $3.99. I will have information on other retailers soon.
I’m a little late in posting this so please forgive me. The 2015 Inkslingers anthology Doorway to Discovery is available on Amazon.com. I have 2 short stories in this year’s anthology. I urge anyone interested in reading some great works and poems to check it out.
I always love visiting Janet Reid’s blog, especially when I’ve reached a point of frustration. It’s always good to know we aren’t alone in our suffering and her advice is some of the best. http://jetreidliterary.blogspot.com/2016/01/well-that-was-quick.html