4 Ways to Handle Backstory

I had this problem in my third book – it can be very difficult

A Writer's Path

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By Andrea Lundgren

Every story has exposition–details of the character and world that you, as the author, need to pass on to the reader. You’ve spent hours fleshing out the world of your story and learning about your characters, and now you have to find some way of getting this information (or at least the essential part) from your head to the readers’. (This is especially true in science fiction and fantasy, where you need to tell how the world of the story differs from our world.)

So what’s an author to do?

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Another Great Amazon Review for ‘Dickon’s Diaries’!

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When Susan Lamb and I wrote Dickon’s Diaries, we weren’t sure how it would be received. It is purposely written in mock mediaeval speech which we knew some might find difficult and we wondered whether everyone would ‘get’ our sense of humour. Well, so far we have had one 1-star review (which mentions the mediaeval speech) and twelve 5-star ones!

Here is the latest one:

 512px-5_stars.svgKeeps you Laughing!

By RhiannonsWheel on 22 Mar. 2017
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
“Such a funny book. No one usually writes humour and Richard III…and in cod-Middle English, no less. Frances Lovell’s exploits in particular crack me up. Different and amusing.”

 

You can download ‘Dickon’s Diaries’ for Kindle or buy a print version here.

Rose’s Playlist (11) – Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison

Desperate, Rose resorts to psychic mediumship to try to contact Richard – after all he would technically be dead by the twenty first century. She visits her friend’s psychic circle and has a message from a mysterious woman with hazel brown eyes.

Of course, this title had to be Van Morrison’s ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ – such a great song. Click to see the video.

You can download Richard Liveth Yet (Book II): A Foreign Country here.

 

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Image credit: By Warner Bros. Records (Billboard, page 1, 29 July 1972) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 

 

The Bearnshaw Books by N.S. Rose – A New Ricardian Author

My review of the Bearnshaw books by Natalie Rose

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For those of you who enjoy reading Ricardian fiction, there is a new Ricardian author to savour. N.S. Rose (Natalie) has based her first novel, ‘Bearnshaw – Legend of the Whyte Doe’ on a Lancashire folk tale: Legend of Bearnshaw Tower/The Milk White Doe’. Born in the Peak District and raised in the Pennines, Natalie now farms beef and sheep in Yorkshire with her husband and brother-in-law. The countryside of her upbringing and subsequent move near to the unique and beautiful city of York inspired the ‘Bearnshaw’ fictional series.

Ms Rose weaves fact and fiction skilfully as she takes the reader on an exploration of the Bearnshaw family and their fortunes during the turbulent period of history now known as the Wars of the Roses and it is certainly a charming and original take on those times.

The leading protagonist of this first book is Sibyl Bearnshaw, a young woman…

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Rose’s Playlist (10) – I’m Still Waiting by Diana Ross

It’s a year since Richard informed Rose he wouldn’t be coming back to the Major Oak, where they have agreed to meet once a year. Despite this, Rose returns there, hoping against hope that he has changed his mind, but to no avail. Depressed, she is at a loss as to what to do, but Laura makes a suggestion which leads to Rose formulating a plan…

I have used ‘I’m Still Waiting‘ by Diana Ross to illustrate this scene. Click to see the video.

Download  Kindle copy of Richard Liveth Yet (Book II): A Foreign Country here.

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Rose’s Playlist (9) – Stop Your Sobbing by The Pretenders

Laura tries to comfort Rose after Richard’s bombshell, but she cannot control her see-sawing emotions and she begins to question her own worth. Why do the men in her life leave her?

I thought the great song, ‘Stop Your Sobbing‘ by The Pretenders was just right to portray this scene. Click to see the video.

You can download ‘Richard Liveth Yet (Book II): A Foreign Country’ here.

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Image credit: By Calan (own picture) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

How to Be Taken Seriously as a Writer

Absolutely!

A Writer's Path

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by Kate Colby

So writing is your creative calling, your life’s purpose, your ultimate joy. Congratulations! You’re part of (in my totally unbiased opinion) one of the best groups of people in the world. You know it, I know it — and yet, your friends and family don’t.

After all, what’s so special about being a writer? Literally billions of people on the planet write every day. It’s a basic life skill, one of the first we learn. And as a career? Psh! You might as well steal a cardboard box from behind your local grocery store and get comfy on the street.

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