New Girl on the Writers’ Block – forget grip-lit genre; the next 5 writing Graces are?

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#Communicardo8 – Crystallizing your Creativity

Once upon a time the Chick-Lit genre of frivolity, charity sales and school gate debates ruled; now replaced in popularity by its bigger, badder sister: Grip-Lit, with dark, gripping tales of murder and mystery.

So, as more women authors write for women readers whereby, female characters are not only leading story lines, but are often exploring real women’s fantasies instead of simply enduring long-suffering love; or ending up the subsidiary in the shallows – with this in mind, what could be the next Lit genre to catch light?

Below are my suggestions of the next possible 5 Graces in the Lit genre:

  1. Koz-Lit – pertaining to the Universe (Cosmos); with the rising and setting of the sun.
  2. Cent-Lit – pertaining to the 1% rule (Rebellion); 1% outlaws compared to 99% regular citizens.
  3. Seis-Lit – pertaining to Seismic events; emotional or environmental.
  4. Emp-Lit – pertaining to Empiric; one whose knowledge is based on experience.
  5. Qwik-Lit – 200 word stories.

 

What new Lit genre would you Christen?

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New Girl on the Writers’ Block – fantasy fiction book title generator – #Communicardo7

It’s all in a name…

I don’t know about you, but I won’t press pen to paper or fingers to keyboard unless I have a working title in place. And when ideas are running clear cold sometimes we all need a kick start from an alternative voice outside ourselves.

Well, look no further…

Whether you’ve finished re-writing your manuscript or merely interested to know what your family and friends book titles could be within the Fantasy Fiction genre – below is a book title generator I’ve designed after discovering a fabulous blog site by Tara Sparling – (www.tarasparlingwrites.com). Tara‘s book title generators include Chick-Lit, Literary, Crime, and Autobiography – (but not fantasy).

fantasy fiction book title generator

Using the Fantasy Fiction book title generator above – here are a few of my family and friends would-be titles:

Rightful Storm of the Wild.

Forgotten Creatures of the Stars.

Uneasy Gift of the Moon.

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So, what would your book title be?

New Girl on the Writers’ Block – how a 100 day writing journal can motivate – #Communicardo6

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I was first introduced to the idea of starting a 100 day writing journal after reading Paula Williams’s article in the Writers’ Forum magazine, whereby she wrote about the 100 day journal, the brainchild of Australian businesswoman Julia Bickerstaff (www.thebusinessbakery.com.au).

Now on my 5th 100 day writing journal, I’ve found it to be an exceptional motivator – it may suit you too.

Zizzi’s 3 tips to starting a journal –

  1. Make sure to select a notepad and pen that raises your spirits – mine are always bright and colourful.
  2. Don’t give yourself big targets to complete – this will discourage your writing endeavours – be kind to yourself.
  3. If you’re not the kind of person who likes targets, then record what you have achieved each day – such as – how many words you wrote; if you wrote a new story outline; or an insightful piece of reading you came across that has spurred ideas.

Zizzi Bonah's writing journal day 61

Zizzi’s 3 benefits to starting a writing journal –

  1. After a couple of weeks entering daily – one page per day – you will feel disloyal to yourself if you miss a day; this motivates when you would otherwise decide to have a day off…
  2. Helps to focus your writing ambitions.
  3. When reading back on your 100 days you will be surprised just how much you have achieved – encouragement to begin another 100 days .
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Memo: Julia Bickerstaff says, “some 100 day goalers like to give themselves a reward after every 7 days…”

What would be your first reward to self – when pursuing a 100 day writing journal?

New Girl on the Writers’ Block – #Communicardo5 – how Nancy Dell’Olio’s interview with Jan Moir influenced my #GirlRogues writings by Zizzi

Nancy Dell’Olio – a feisty lady who has the power to turn a setback into an opportunity

Nancy Dell'Olio influenced #GirlRogues by Zizzi Bonah

Nancy Dell’Olio picture telegraph.co.uk – Jan Moir picture theguardian.com

Fearless, feisty, feminine females –

When I began writing the collection of short stories and verses for my fantasy fiction book, #GirlRogues: Braggadocio, I purposely set about writing female characters that had resourceful natures – who nurtured a strong desire to turn any encumbrance into a hidden opportunity waiting in plain sight.

Nancy Dell’Olio‘s interview with Jan Moir from The Daily Mail  highlights – to my mind, an intelligent woman who exercises the right to such desires and throws sand in the face of difficult questions in response to her former lover’s autobiography.

Quote Jan Moir on Nancy:

Lesser women might have hidden away. Thrown themselves on the empty double bed and sobbed into their mink coats. Not Nancy Dell’Olio.

Jan Moir goes on to describe Nancy’s Dell’Olio as being  – “a resourceful person with bomb-proof confidence in herself” – something most females would like to aspire to – so with this at the forefront of my writer’s mind, I penned the verse “I’m Not Fond of Him, I’m Fond of Me!”

While I must say, this verse is not strictly about Nancy, it is a celebration towards females who live by their own terms – and Nancy is certainly an inspiring voice – one from whom you can always expected the unexpected.

TITLED: I’m Not Fond of Him, I’m Fond of Me!

I want to be wined. To be dined.

To be adored. To be admired.

To catch the eye of a billionaire,

So I’ll never be poor ever again.

:

He’ll buy me all the friends I’ll ever need,

So I’ll never be lonely.

And as for the colours of my dreams?

I love diamonds, not daisies.

:

You see I intend to always travel light.

Love is the last thing on my mind.

For when it comes to passions of the heart,

I’ll fall in like, not in love.

:

What’s the point of being rich?

If there’s no-one there to share it with.

Half the fun should be spending it.

More to the point someone else’s.

:

A girl must start as she carries on.

You make your own luck in this world.

Don’t estimate the fuel of her fire.

You might overlook an element of desire.

:

For my persuasion has always been,

Diamonds, not daisies.

You can’t be wise and in love,

At the same time for it’s impossible.

:

Yes, I intend to always travel light.

Love is the last thing on my mind.

It only leads to confabulations.

Whereas diamonds never diminish a #GirlRogue.

:

That’s why I’ll fall in like, not in love.

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To view Jan Moir‘s interview with Nancy Dell’Olio:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2509095/Nancy-DellOlio-Sven-hated-flirting-lipstick-scarlet-catsuit.html

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10 commandments of an authorpreneur by Zizzi Bonah

10 commandments of an authorpreneur by Zizzi Bonah

1. Thou shalt NOT wear one’s own merchandise in a bid to encourage others to buy

T-shirt merchandise by Zizzi Bonah from book #GirlRogues

Who else is going to wear it – if not me, me, me – www.tostadora.co.uk/zizzibonah

2 – Thou shalt NOT produce the “SAME” story as everyone else

Quote by George Burns - The Cinderella story

Why break a winning formula?

 

3. Thou shalt NOT use photoshoped banners of celebrities to rise one’s profile

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I don’t know what you mean?!

 

4. Thou shalt NOT use un-authoritative quotes to promote the quality of your published book

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What’s the saying? – “Mum knows best”

 

5. Thou shalt NOT show one’s own teeth when another author takes a bigger bite out of your popularity

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Oh dear – tendencies as dark as bitter chocolate – pic mirror.co.uk

 

6. Thou shalt NOT misuse the 3 Rs – reading, riting, rithmetic

Alphabet Thief verse from #GirlRogues by Zizzi Bonah

1 out of 3 Rs isn’t bad – verse from book #GirlRogues: Braggadocio

 

7. Thou shalt NOT talk about oneself in the third person

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What can I say? – It reads better…

 

8. Thou shalt NOT use long book titles – less is more

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Ten syllables including hashtag – if you say it quicker, it sounds shorter

 

9. Thou shalt NOT design one’s own book cover – and moreover – not include picture of oneself on the front!!

#GirlRogues book cover showing author top left corner

 

Oh dear – ego-go – strikes rather than strokes

 

10. Thou shalt NOT under value one’s writing by giving it away for free

Quote from The Beatles song, Paperback Writer

If you really like it you can have the rights
It could make a million for you overnight
If you must return it, you can send it here
But I need a break and I want to be a paperback writer
(The Beatles, Paperback Writer)

 

Which of these “10 commandments of an authorpreneur” have you found yourself making and then breaking?

 

What Zizzi’s reading – an indie-vidual – Dave Griffiths of Barmcake Magazine

 Taking the indie-vidual route

While some people talk – other people do: and the difference between the two is vast. But no-one can say, Dave Griffiths isn’t a doer – he single-handedly writes, edits, publishes and delivers his own independent magazine, Barmcake.

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What Zizzi’s Reading

 

Creating self-made opportunities

Sharing with the Writing Magazine, Dave Griffiths marks down his distinctive vision for Barmcake – “Northern entertainment for the middle-aged” – was born out of his 25 years’ experience as a journalist to write articles that aimed to be a cut above other entertainment magazines and websites.

 

Attention! Keeping the tail on detail…

Feedback – readers of Barmcake have made it known they appreciate well-researched interviews – and Dave genuinely cares about the readers and knows what they want because he is his reader. Instead of dictating what his readers should be reading, he listens, whereas other magazines often report on what has already been reported with little variation.

 

Definition of a Barmcake – A barm cake is a soft, round, flattish bun from northern England, traditionally leavened with barm. The original barm cake is found in areas of Greater Manchester, North West England. It is also used as a Northern expression for a daft or silly person. Source: wikipedia.

 

To purchase Barmcake Magazines head over to: barmcakemag.tumblr.com

 

You have to be in it, to know it – as a fellow Northerner, who, in partnership with my mother, Gwen Hullah set-up a book publishing company: She And The Cat’s Mother – where (like Dave Griffiths) everything is in-house; writing, editing, publishing, graphic/cover design, eBook/paperback formatting and web/social media content – I fully understand that nothing new can come about without change; you must be open minded to learning new methods on the path to print. Zizzi x

Do you have a similar experience – taking the indie-vidual way?

Winners of #GirlRogues facebook competition – Jess Kidde, Ruth Elisa Munoz and Emily Brown

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Thank you to everyone who entered ‪#‎GirlRogues‬ competition on Zizzi’s facebook page – who, to be in with a chance of winning a signed paperback – were asked to comment when they’d last behaved in a rogue-like way…

Due to the lively roguish comments, we have selected two further entrants – who both win a #GirlRogues: Braggadocio eBook by Zizzi Bonah.

WINNERS:

  1. Jess Kidde – who commented “Kidde by name, Kidde by nature.”
  2. Ruth Elisa Munoz – who commented “My sister was gonna eat the last croissant but I snatched it from her and yelled MINE!”
  3. Emily Brown – who commented “Everyday! I don’t follow the rules!”

 

This competition was held for one month only – closing date 31 May 2016 – via facebook.com/ZizziBonah page

New Girl on the Writers’ Block – #Communicardo4 – columnist Jane Moore indirectly inspired my writings

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A chance encounter to be counted upon

How Jane Moore, The Sun columnist, indirectly inspired my writings in 2015

Thumbing though the pages of The Sun newspaper in early 2015 I came across Jane Moore’s column – wherein she had written, there are only three “stages” for female actresses to play:
babe,
district attorney,
and Driving Miss Daisy –
Whereupon, I was told, by the newsagent – while unofficially browsing – “if you’re not careful, you’ll read the print off the page” –
His remark inspired me to write the first in a fantasy collection of stories within #GirlRogues: Braggadocio, titled: “You’ll Notice Me, Cos I’m Not Dressed As A Playing Card” – telling the story of two sisters who roam the boundaries of the page, found. Though their bond reveals a hidden truth in plain sight.

Have you found writing inspiration from a chance encounter – later to be counted upon?

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New Girl on the Writers’ Block – #Communicardo3 – Chris Evans’s remark led to a story

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You have to be on your Metal and go for it when creativity strikes

When Chris Evans returned with TFI Friday in 2015 on Channel 4 – he answered the question of a young lad; who had written into the TV programme asking why a certain pop-star – now designer – no longer wore a smile when her photograph was being taken –

to this, Chris Evans’s explanation was “because she’d used up all her smiles.”

Finding new story ideas – sometimes the unobtainable becomes obtainable

From Chris’s imaginative words of reason – I began penning a fantasy story – “The Girl Who Used Up All Her Smiles” now included in short story and verse collection book, #GirlRogues: Braggadocio.

It just goes to show you have to be on your Metal and go for it when inspiration strikes you as a writer – for there are creative opportunities hidden in casual language…

Have you had a similar experience that led to a story very nearly writing itself?

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