Candice: Phil and I have been beavering away in the background for the last few weeks working on our next project. We’ve mentioned that we have been looking for new ideas and have been drafting something different from the usual.
Now Phil’s done all this research into Chick Lit, but no, to be different we haven’t written a Chick Lit story, but a horror story. As he pointed out it has generated a few comments in our weekly meets in the local near my work. Especially if the people listening also work there…. Hum that woman in Marketing was talking about murder at work… (well, to be honest, I feel like murdering some of them sometimes).
Anyway, the story is now finished and has been submitted to a writing competition. It’s with a magazine called Writer’s Forum who publish entries every month and you can pay extra to have a critique of your entry. Well, we are not expecting to win on our first entry (well, I am, but just trying to be modest) but we both think this is a cracker so are dying to see how we get on.
Writing a short is a different kettle of fish to a full book. We both got a bit lost into the reasons why our characters would do what they do when I pointed out, “We don’t have to explain, that’s what a short is all about.” My favourite parts were coming up with a punchy start and crafting the ending that just leaves things hanging. It was actually quite nice to not have to finish it off and round it up to explain all.
So, I thought you might like a taste of what we have been writing. I’m not going to give you it all until we’ve got the competition feedback, but tomorrow we’ll give you a taste of Nolan Parker, Horror Writers of repute.