INTRODUCTION - MARCH 2021
Welcome to my first fiction novel. I'm been learning as I go along by doing the Author Learning Centre Book in a Year course as I did for my memoir. The process for writing a work of fiction is very different but very fascinating. You map out the storyline by first having an inkling of an idea and then carrying out a 'What if?' excercise. I knew I wanted to write a historical novel set in post WW2 England. It had to be centred in a small but straggling village where there had been no bombing, and all its soldiers returned safely. I found a village in Cumberland that fit this description. I wanted it to be about the life of a little girl born to a soldier and his girlfriend. After 2 hours of 'What iffing' I had the whole story mapped out. Magic!
Since then, I've learned about the fundamentals of writing fiction, how to create captivating characters; how to write dialogue that deepens characters; how to show, not tell; and the techniques of how to tell a story from different points of view. I've learned and am still learning so much, and trying to put it into practice as I write.
I've written 39 chapters to date (March 2021) and my editorial group is keeping me on my toes by reading my work and providing constructive and honest feedback, which is invaluable. I'm publishing some of this feedback on this page as I go along. If anyone out there would like to join this group, then please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
My title is 'Shattered Pieces can still Shine' and my I've selected my book cover (see the post below).
I've written about my current marketing attempts - yes, even before it's finished. Pop over to my Blog page for details.