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We have some good Writing Prompts this week from Chris, with posssibly a couple that could lead to a Hallow'een story.  

Sue gives us some interesting food for thought with her blog on genre, including a new one - flash novella. Thank you, Sue. 

Alyson has posted a new story for comment in October Writing Challenges.

And Laura has posted Another Womag Possibility for comment in Works in Progress.

Well done to Jo on the Bragging Stool this week with Baby Doll, which is up on the Story Shack. And well done too, Laura, with your story in the Online Writing Competition. And Congratulations once again to Sue With Honey. A productive week!

Apologies from Vanessa on The Notice Board. Vanessa, you're very active!  

And finally, Sue has posted the Agenda for the Formal Chat on October 23rd.

I wish you all a happy writing week

The Genre Game Tags: writing genres

The Genre Game



I’ve been thinking a lot about genres of late. And those thoughts became very concentrated when, this week, I needed to choose a genre for my 2016 NaNo novel. And further crystalized when I found that mine was not in the drop down list, a list of 19 plus that little luxury - which I dared use - ‘other’.


I suspect there are many novels that get themselves whacked into the literary fiction or mainstream genre because they have nowhere else to go. And I also wonder what wonderful books get overlooked because they’ve been categorized in such a way.


But I digress, I really wanted to talk a little about my newly discovered genre, the one I suspect has been looking for me all my writing career, and that is the novella-in-flash - the genre that tripped me up when I entered the Bath Flash Fiction comp. earlier this year.


It is a startling genre. Nothing like a traditional novella which is described as, and I quote, ‘a work of written fictional narrative prose that is longer than a short story, but shorter than a novel’. And startling in a way that each mini chapter is akin to a complete flash story. And you all know how I love writing flash fiction, how I have neither the patience nor staying power for a blockbuster novel, how I love to capture the essence of a story in as few words as possible, and how I am always in haste to ‘git ‘er done.’ Yes, in a flash - pardon the pun.


I have read (as recommended by Bath) a number of flash novellas now. And they have all startled me. I can think of no better word to describe them. They are unique, punchy, disorienting, curious, questioning, and oft times breathtaking in their delivery. The judge (Meg Pokrass) of the Bath Novella-in-Flash comp. describes them as ‘like stars in the sky.’ So yes, startling in its truest sense.


As NaNo approaches, I have completed the first steps of registering my novel as 3 Novellas (draft cover below), with the intention of submitting the results to the Bath Novella-in-Flash comp. - deadline end of December.




Whatever happens, my mouth is now watering with thoughts of where these works will take me. So NaNo - for my 10th time - I’m ready for you.


Read about Meg Pokrass here:


And the competition here:


National Novel Writing Month, as always, is here:

This Week: 10th October 2016
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Monday Muse – Great prompts from Angela this week, but beware: the photo prompt is just a wee bit scary!

Blog - Jo has written an interesting piece about keeping a journal, especially giving us her thoughts on the latest ‘Bullet Journal’, which she has been doing for six months.

Bragging Stool – Congratulations to Alyson for being highly commended in the Carers UK short story competition. Her story will be published in their anthology. Sue continues her weekly novella in flash on the adhoc site. This week’s prompt is ‘jar’.

WA Anthology – Voting closed on 3rd October. It was almost unanimous not to continue with the anthology (for now).

October Challenges – there are a couple of ideas for poetry, short stories and flash fiction in the folder. Take a look and see if there’s anything that takes your fancy!

Next Formal Meeting - Sunday 23rd October 4pm CET on Skype with Sue in the chair.

Next Informal Meeting - Sunday 13th November 11am CET on Skype

I hope I haven’t forgotten anything. Hope everyone has a good (writing) week! 


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