Feature writing is a mash-up between journalistic news writing and creative writing. In this video, I go over what a feature article is and how one is written. Nonetheless, here's some quick points to take away!
Here is my latest video on some amazing linguistic concepts! Hopefully you enjoy watching it and get excited about the mind-blowing possibilities of language as I continue to reveal them to you!
Unfortunately, parts of the video and audio did not match up during editing and I tried and failed at fixing it. Please forgive me!!
Here it is: The first video for the website!
This video covers what TaleInferno is about and what to expect regarding video content on this website.
I'm very excited about this new chapter in TaleInferno's life and I can't wait to see what the rest of year brings!
If you would like to subscribe to TaleInferno's YouTube account or just want to see what's on there, you can check it out HERE.
I've finally started to make some final decisions about what my next projects are going to be for this website. I want to keep providing interesting and engaging content for everyone, so no one is left behind in their journey to ignite the story! Firstly, as you may have noticed on the home page and attached to this post, we now have a new logo! It's very exciting to have an image that represents what this website is all about. It took a long time to design because I am definitely not a graphic designer. However, I had a lot of fun giving it a go. I actually designed a few different options since I wasn't sure on the exact style. I ended up deciding on this one because it's simple but has a bit of personality (or at least I'd like to think so!).
Another reason why I went for this logo design was because it allows there to be other images alongside it that are similar. What do I mean by that? Well, that leads into the next bit of news about the website, and that is I'm going to start creating videos to be uploaded onto here as well as onto YouTube. I am in the process of organising the account and making sure I have everything sorted before I put the first couple of videos out. There are a range of ideas I have to be made into videos, but pending resources and time (uni and work) depends on how frequently I can produce this kind of content. How does this affect the logo? Well, I'm glad you asked.
For all writers, it’s always important to have a good editor to go over your work before publication. All publishing houses will have their own editors who specialise in a range of editorial areas, or they will have an editor who has a range of specialties. A publishing house, depending on how big it is, will also have people who dabble in editorial tasks, such as a reader who assesses manuscripts to see whether it’s of the publisher’s interest to publish it or a proofreader who is usually in charge of quality control and works as a second pair of eyes over a manuscript as it goes through multiple editing cycles.
Today, we’re focussing on the editor who liaises with a range of groups and the kinds of roles and responsibilities they have. If you’re someone who wants to self-publish, finding the right kind of editor can be difficult. Do you want someone who will help restructure and give advice about the tone of your work? Do you want someone who can pick out the spelling mistakes or liaise with you through the publishing process? Hopefully this will open your eyes to the world of editing and make you curious about this part of the creation process.
There’s always something so intriguing about crime fiction. The excitement in trying to guess ‘who dunnit?’ and the feeling of shock when we get it wrong. Stereotypically, a crime story features a beaten down detective or cop who seems exhausted about life but finds enough energy to passionately pursue the bad guy and unravel the truth. The detective will have a dark past that follows them in everything they do, and they are usually alone because love is not a feeling they can evoke after all the bad they have witnessed. Oh, how can I forget their unhappy relationship with their superiors?
It’s fair to say that crime fiction follows an obvious pattern. However, it must be doing something right as we keep going back to it! I’m also not suggesting that all crime fiction is like this because that is certainly not the case. There are some crime novels that follow different paths, where the protagonist isn’t some alcoholic struggling through each day. Nonetheless, there is a formula to it and it is difficult to get it right. What is a red herring? Who should be the victim? Who should be the bad guy? I’m not at all an expert in it but I’m hoping I can shed some light on the genre by answering these questions to help you in crafting your crime fiction masterpiece.
Since it is International Women’s Day, I thought I’d write about my top 5 female characters that I’ve come across in the books I have read in my lifetime. I want to focus on books for this list because if I based it around all stories, I’d have to start pulling characters from video games and films (maybe I’ll do that in a future post!). I’m not choosing these based on their influence around social issues or for a political reason. These female characters are my top 5 because when I met them I felt a bond with them.
It sounds odd to say that I’m ‘bonded’ to fictional characters but when they’re written so well, they become more than that. We see that in girls who connect with characters like Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series. They become more than people on a page; they turn into friends we can turn to when we lose ourselves in their stories. This is so important and is one of the many powers that fall into a writer’s hand. Some writers out there don’t put a lot of thought into their characters because they want to focus on the events in the story or other parts that don’t rely heavily on the characters’ actions. Nonetheless, they have a role in how the readers connect to the story and how some people see themselves.
Therefore, I want to focus on the female characters that have influenced my life. The same can be said for male characters as well and one day, I’ll expand on them. For now, here is my top 5 female characters—the book edition (this was not at all an easy decision, let me tell you!)
On 4 March 2018, I attended the Adelaide Writers’ Week. I always get excited when I hear about the authors that will be coming and talking about their work. I remember last year listening to Paula Byrne speak about her Jane Austen biography and how it was inspired by significant objects in Austen’s life. Hearing that side of Austen’s story and Paula’s love for writing about people’s lives was absolutely astounding. Unfortunately, I was only able to attend one panel last year. This year, I was able to fit in two, although I wish it could have been more!
The first was called Kinds of Madness and had the authors Alexander Maksik and Samanta Schweblin on the panel, which looked into writing novels about mental illness and how they approached the complexities of it. Then straight after that panel I listened to Rebekah Clarkson, Sofie Laguna and Wendy Orr talk about the books that changed their lives. Both panels provided a magnificent insight into the life of an author and allowed there to be a personal connection between author and book, author and reader, and reader and book.
In honour of World Book Day (yesterday), I thought I’d write up a special blog post about five of the most influential books I have read. This is completely subjective. I’m not stating these are the top five influential books of all time, only that of all the books I have read these five have made the biggest impact on MY life. I have read a number of books in my 21 years and all stories have their own small impacts regarding how I see people and the world. So, in making this list, you might gain a bit of knowledge of who I am and how I live my life.
I would like to try and avoid making this sound like a Creative writing journey post, so I will focus on how these books have influenced my life in general rather than write too much about their impact in my writing. However, one of the books listed here will be the subject of a Creative writing journey post. Therefore, I'll have to dabble in it a little bit. Nonetheless, I want this to focus purely on the books because we are celebrating World Book Day! Also, before I begin going through my list, I want to emphasise that although these books have been the most influential they are not my 'favourite' books. That's another blog post in itself (although you'll be disappointed to know that I don't really have a favourite book).
Anyway, let's countdown my top 5 most influential books!
Charlotte is a reading and writing lover who has completed a creative writing intensive course at the University of Oxford and is a current university student studying a double degree in journalism and creative writing. If you are curious to learn more, check out the 'About' page.