Creating Atmosphere In Fiction – by Esther Chilton

An excellent guest post by Esther Chilton – I’m slightly nervous writing this as Esther is my editor – a mistake here and there could create an atmosphere – but there never is with Esther – okay the odd well disguised sigh maybe!

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Today, I’m delighted to welcome Esther Chilton to my blog.

While I’m putting the finishing touches to my next short story collection, Esther kindly accepted my invitation to write a guest post. This is a must-read for anyone who is in the process of writing fiction, whether it is for an upcoming book, competition, for publication in a magazine, or as a blog post.  Esther gives lots of great writing advice and tips over on her blog.

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To be successful, a short story or novel needs to develop a strong sense of atmosphere. This draws your readers into your story so they can imagine this world you are creating. It also sets up expectations for them and gives them information about the characters they’re likely to meet in your story.

Here are some ways to help you ensure your readers feel as if they’re right there alongside your…

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Danced

Heels and cake – the words of Tanya dancing – re-blogged for PorterGirl – she likes this kind of thing!

TANYA CLIFF

danced on the edge of the baker’s knife
the plot thickened
like chocolate ganache
until it crumbled

tension released
in a shower of shavings
over the already frosted
chapter-layered
cake

hands, poised to crack open the book,
positioned the knife
and sliced deeply

then, like cake devoured,
the story
savored,
swallowed,
digested,
and
imbued

baker and patron,
reader and writer,
danced

~

Words and Photography ©2018 Tanya Cliff ~ to contact me

Posted in poetry & free verse.

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We are Recruiting New Baristas for the Go Dog Go Cafe

It’s not about how well you’re ‘liked’ or how much you’re ‘followed’ – if it was I wouldn’t be here – a barista invited in beginning of the year to do my thing. It’s about your voice, how well you write, how you use your words, how you make us feel, being true to yourself, being who you are … we are all different, why not show us who you are…

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It is the mission of Go Dog Go Café’s Mission to provide a warm, inviting and inspiring gathering space for building a healthy and supportive writing community.  We are also committed to providing the Go Dog Go Community with a mix of special features that explore the writing life and exciting original writing from a diverse group of talented writers.  To keep things fresh here at the GDG Cafe, we are currently recruiting new Baristas.

Barista Expectations:

  • Submission of two to three pieces (poetry, prose, writing prompt or short fiction) of original writing a month
  • Commitment to actively participate in the Go Dog Go Community by visiting often, reading and commenting on posts and showing support for patrons and Baristas
  • Follow Go Dog Go on other social media platforms that you use (such as Facebook and Twitter) and spread the word about the cool things going on here.

How to Let…

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Promote Yourself Monday- July 9, 2018

So hot in the UK maybe iced-tea with lemon not hot coffee today – whatever takes your fancy your tip appreciated – your best lines at the Go Dog Go Cafe…

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Welcome to Promote Yourself Monday.  All Go Dog Go Cafe readers, guest writers, and baristas are invited to post one link to one specific post (600 words or less please!) from your blog into the comments section below.

If you post a link, be sure to read some of the other great writing people have linked to.

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Book Review ‘The Owl Always Hunts at Night’, Samuel Bjork

I tell you – I wish I could write a review like this! To my mind ‘Ray’ is one of the most original (albeit quite bizarre! ) bloggers out there!

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“First, it was not a strip bar, it was an erotic club. And second…what can I say? I am a night owl.” Marrion Berry 

Breaking News & Top Stories of the week: Harry Potter’s Owl have been murdered. And to find out who is that freak all you have to do is to read the novel ‘The Owl Always Hunts at Night’ , because Samuel Bjork knows who DID IT. 

Everything in this book is upside down and inside out. Yeah, you know those crime-novels where everybody is involved and you are drowning between the non-stop-arriving (literally from nowhere) new heroes. And then, of course, the Bad Guy shows up at the end – Voilà! And you are like a stupid chicken, pretending she can fly – ah, I knew …you’ve been there all the time!

But the Truth is – he hadn’t. 

So if you are…

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PorterGirl – Sinister Dexter Live Launch & FREE STUFF

Wishing every success to Lucy – I’ll let her tell you what’s she’s up to in her own words!

And if you haven’t got into the PorterGirl Novels yet these two brief reviews may help you:
https://believingsightunseen.com/2018/04/10/edc-review-the-portergirl-novels-by-lucy-brazier/

Secret Diary Of PorterGirl

The day is almost upon us, my friends! The third PorterGirl novel, Sinister Dexter, will land on Kindles all over the place at the stroke of midnight and I am rather looking forward to it. To welcome my new book into the literary world, I will be doing a series of live broadcasts on Facebook and Twitter between 7pm and 8pm (UK time) tomorrow (Friday 27th April) evening. I will talk about the books, the characters and my time at the real Old College. If there any aspects of Old College (or even my good self) you would like to know more about, or have any questions about anything at all (no maths ones – I can’t do maths) then please do drop me a line via Facebook, Twitter, the comments section here or email lucy@verticalrecordings.com.

By way of celebration, the first book in the series, First Lady Of The…

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Thank You, Mister Putin

My pre-order now made for the 3rd PorterGirl novel ‘Sinister Dexter’ written by Lucy Brazier- can’t wait for its release on April 27th. If you are not yet into these novels you’ll get a little taste of my take on ‘First Lady of the Keys’ and ‘The Vanishing Lord’ from my Amazon and Goodreads reviews- both of which I’ll post here tomorrow.

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Well, this is a bit of a surprise, to find me here on a Saturday. And no one was more surprised than me when my dear publisher informed me that the general release date of my new novel, PorterGirl – Sinister Dexter, was being brought forward to 27th April. This is largely due to the main bad chap in the book – new Bursar Professor Dexter Sinistrov – being a suspected Russian spy with a penchant for poisoning people.

Which is rather topical, I must admit. Although somewhat unnerving in its timeliness.

One can only assume that the remarkable Mister Putin is such a big fan of PorterGirl that he couldn’t help but stage an elaborate promotional stunt to get things moving.

A huge thank you to those who have offered me guest spots to discuss and promote the book, articles will be winging their way to you very soon…

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Promote Yourself Monday- April 9, 2018

It’s a wet Monday in the UK, I’ve no idea what it’s like where you are but hey it’s ‘Promote Yourself Monday’ at the Go Dog Go Cafe and it’s open all day…

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Welcome to Promote Yourself Monday.  All Go Dog Go Cafe readers, guest writers, and baristas are invited to post one link to one specific post (600 words or less please!) from your blog into the comments section below.  Be sure to pick your best recent post*, because we will be choosing a Weekly Barista Favorite to be published in full on the Go Dog Go Cafe with a link back to your blog.

If you post a link, be sure to read some of the other great writing people have linked to.

*By posting below, the Baristas of the Go Dog Go Café assume permission to publish your piece on the Go Dog Go Café,  if it is chosen the Weekly Barista Favorite.  All authors will be properly cited and we will publish a link back to your blog.

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Go Dog Go Cafe – Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge

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Had a go – a point in life in 10 objects:

Laboratory Store – First Day 1970

British Thornton slide-rule – still have!

White laboratory coats – two

Safety glasses – non-prescription days

Lab book – keep neat okay!

Pen and ruler – just like school

Barrier cream – wished I’d used it more

Gloves – thin to thick all kinds

Hand-held calculator, laptop, not invented yet

 

Iced Tears- Eric (EDC Writing), Guest Barista

This the last of my ‘Guest Barista’ poems to be posted at the Go Dog Go Cafe from a selection I sent to Christine/Brave and Reckless a while ago … to my surprise she has used them all … thank you Christine, I’ve enjoyed the coffee and the company. Eric.

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She didn’t like

The tone

Of his silence

A day

She’d prefer

He didn’t breathe

He’ll not try

That hard

To please her

Takes another glass

Of her

Iced tears


To read more of Eric’s writing, visit Believing Sight Unseen – EDC Writing

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