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Uncooperative Heroines and Short Stories
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Chapter seven has just ended with Sherry phoning Leo's house but not wanting to speak to him. She wants to speak to the housekeeper instead, only I don't know why.

It's so frustrating because I hadn't planned this at all and until Sherry tells me why she wants to talk to the housekeeper, I can't move the story along.

I've tried asking her nicely, I've tried threatening to force her into doing something entirely different if she doesn't let me in on the secret soon, and I've tried ignoring her. Nothing has worked. What's a woman to do?

Wait, I suppose.

In the meantime, let's talk about something else.

One of the Nantwich Writers' Group posted a message on the group blog yesterday informing the world (or those inhabitants who visit the site - probably very few as yet) of a competition that Woman & Home are arranging. There's a laptop and £2000 up for grabs so if you're a short story writer, it might be worthwhile having a look.

It's funny because although I love writing, I've never been much use at short stories. I just can't think up many stories that can be given a start, a middle, and an ending within a couple of thousand words. I love reading them and am always in awe of those who are good at it. I just wish I was better at it myself. Is there a key to writing short stories that I don't know about?

PS: I found a very interesting feature on The Telegraph's website today that authors of romantic fiction might want to take a look at.
Posted by Sharon J on 6:36 PM   

Blogger Sue aka MsCreativity said...

Thanks for the link to the Telegraph article. It was very interesting, although I'm not sure about her statement that heroines are becoming weaker...? Did I misread that bit? I thought that HMB heroines were on a more equal footing to the heros than ever before. :-/

10:25 PM   

Blogger Minx said...

Get drunk on White Diamond until the cow gives up her secrets!!

11:16 PM   

Anonymous Sharon J said...

Mscreativity. I didn't understand that, either. I'm not entirely satisfied that Amanda Craig really knows what she's talking about.

Minx. She's given up the fight. I stole her chocolate.

12:18 AM   

Blogger Jeanne said...

Yeah, I don't think Amanda Craig is a true fan either. Enjoyed the article, however. Thanks, Sharon.

Did Sherry visit you in your dreams, Sharon, and explain all? Btw, congrats on the word count.

1:56 AM   

Anonymous Sharon J said...

Jeanne. I think she's probably just another one of those journalists who read a few romances in order to be able to whack out a decent-ish article on the subject. But we 'experts' can't be fooled that easily, can we? ;-)

Sherry did indeed come visiting. And now I know her reasoning behind wanting to speak to the housekeeper rather than Mr Drop-Dead Gorgeous, I'm with her all the way :-)

8:08 PM   

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