This week was so much fun! I started writing my next horror story rewrite. It's based off of an MR James short called The Mezzotint. My version, which has been significantly changed from the original, is called The Forgotten Photograph. I posted about it on Facebook, saying this:
"The newest short I'm working on involves a photograph that changes every time the owner looks at it. And the changes aren't good . . ."
I didn't put a lot of thought into it - just wanted to update my readers and friends. And guess what? I had a New York Times Bestselling author comment on my status by saying, "This is an AWESOME story idea. I can't wait to read it. Hooked me in one line." And then he volunteered to act as a beta reader for me. Wow. Yeah, I was a tad excited and overwhelmed. I LOVE his books! Still a bit hyper about it. :-) I'll have the story finished by the end of this week, but want to have a couple of my other beta readers read it first. Because, you know, first impressions are easy to mess up, and I want to give him the best story possible.
In other news: felt the baby kick several times this week. Cute little stinker. Still nauseated, but the anti-nausea pills are working again. Not sure why they stopped for a while.
Now on to the prompt!
As you know, we're focusing on specific fiction genres each week. We've covered:
If you want to write something regarding one of the above genres, click on it, read the prompt, write your post, and link to it in a comment on today's prompt. (I won't find it otherwise, even if you tag it correctly, since I don't monitor the tags after their due date.)
The order in which these genres will be covered:
- Crime/Detective, etc. (today)
- Inspirational (August 3)
- Humorous (August 10)
- Westerns (August 17)
- Short Fiction (August 24)
If I've missed a genre, see my previous post here regarding how to submit ideas for more genres. Leave a comment on this prompt, letting me know that you've submitted an idea.
I don't read a lot of crime and detective books. Unless you count Nancy Drew or Agatha Christie, from when I was younger. :-) But I feel like I've got a lot of room to expand when it comes to this genre, and someday, maybe I will dip into it again. For now, though, I'm focusing on other stories instead.
Ways in which you may respond to this prompt:
- Post something you've written in this genre
- It can be any section of your work, and that section doesn't necessarily have to be an "example" of crime/detective, so long as the work in its entirety is considered to be that genre.
- It can be any of the subgenres within the crime/detective market.
- It can be something you're working on and for which you're needing feedback. (Specify if you want critiques. I recommend the first few paragraphs of your book - those are the ones that usually need the most strengthening.)
- It can be something you've already finished/published/don't want to work on more.
- Don't make it too long (if posts are too long, people are discouraged from reading them and lose interest).
More ways to respond:
- Respond to all (or some) of the questions below, giving short answers
- Respond to one of the questions below, giving a long answer
Questions you could answer as a possible prompt response:
- What is your absolute, all-time favorite crime or detective story? (Or both.) If you don't remember, what are some of your favorites? Or books that stand out to you?
- Have you read any books in this genre lately?
- What are the main characteristics of crime/detective type books?
- Who is your favorite author in this genre? Why?
- For those of you who write in this genre, when did you decide to write it?
- What was the first crime/detective story you remember reading?
- What is the most difficult part of writing in this genre? The easiest part?
What other questions do you want answered or do you think I should ask? Put them in the comments below, or ask and answer them in your post!
You have until Thursday, August 2, 2012 at midnight to write and post, and it can be in any format.
I will read, comment on, and feature your responses a week from today.
* Have your title say FWE or Friday Writing Essential, and have the initials "LFCD" (Let's Focus on Crime/Detective) in it.
* Make sure to post to the Writing Essential Group.
* Put FWE or Friday Writing Essentials and the initials "LFCD" in your tags. (I won't find your post without these tags.)
Have a great week! :-)