Writing Wednesday: Another Angle

I went to a prose workshop last week with my Writers Circle. Now that my Alina book is up and running, I’m trying to get back to my sci-fi, The Flight of the Kestrel. (It’s really hard. I seem to have spent so long researching and organising for Alina, that I’ve forgotten how to write fiction.)

I’ve decided to start the book earlier in the action, so I’m writing a new beginning, and I took the first page for the group to comment on. The general opinion was: too much description, no insight into what they are thinking/feeling, and ‘what makes your book different to all the other ‘adventures in a space ship’ stuff?’

Okaaay… So they suggested I rewrite it in the first person and take all the description out, and then come back later and only put in the minimum to make it understandable. And someone asked why my captain had to be a man?

Why indeed? So I did all of that, and made my captain a woman… It’s certainly better, and it gave me a fresh insight on it. Whether it works – I’ll let you know.


About Ann Marie Thomas

Married since 1974, Christian since 1986, 4 children, 4 grand children, disabled with fibromyalgia but was working almost full time until a stroke in May 2010 changed my life completely. Writing poetry and making up stories since I was a child, I only started to write seriously when my children were grown. My main ambition is to write science fiction, but along the way I got distracted by local history and poetry about my stroke. Taking early retirement gave me the chance to concentrate on my writing. My book, Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth, was published in print and ebook at Easter 2012. The success of Alina led to the publication of Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John in September 2013, and The Magna Carta Story at Easter 2015. I am still writing science fiction - a series of novels called Flight of the Kestrel. For all my author news, see me author blog at www.annmariethomas.me.uk
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