Interview with WEbook's June Challenge Winner: LillyFramboise


There are so many different things you can explore in literature, and sometimes you'll find that authors have been using little tricks to get you hooked on their stories. Sneaky, sneaky. Learning these tricks of the trade can help turn a so-so story in to a fantastic reading experience. Through our monthly competitions we've been exploring a few of the ways that writers have enhanced their stories by using different literary devices. 

In June we asked the members of WEbook to submit an entry that used the style of a vignette, or 'little vine'. 

Vignettes can be found in all kinds of literature from classics to the more modern. Authors use vignettes to really hone in on a moment, memory, object, or feeling that they want the reader to identify with. It's not only useful for you as a writer to be able to identify devices like these when reading other's work, but it's also incredibly beneficial for your own writing if you're able to utilise these devices effectively in your own writing. 

The winner of the June Challenge, LilyFramboise has been kind enough to have a chat with us about her winning vignette in the Little Vines challenge, but before we get to that let's have a look at what a vignette is and a few examples in popular literature.

So, what's a vignette?


vignette
viːˈnjΙ›t,vΙͺ-/
noun
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    a brief evocative description, account, or episode.
    "a classic vignette of embassy life"
  2. 2
    a small illustration or portrait photograph which fades into its background without a definite border.
verb
  1. 1
    portray (someone) in the style of a vignette.


Essentially, a vignette makes the subject of your focus really stand out against the background. Perhaps it's a flashback, perhaps it's a current observation, or perhaps it's a rumination on things generally. Visualise it like a photograph taken at a party. You know there's lots more going on both in and around the wider frame, but you've picked a particular subject to focus on in that moment. 

Perhaps this one moment is a character sitting alone in a corner. Or perhaps the object of your character's affection is in conversation with another, and your protagonist is waxing lyrical on the contours of their face. Perhaps it's a song that comes on and transports your narrator back to a moment in their past. In each of these examples, a vignette can act as the descriptive vessel. 

The great thing about vignettes is that they're very malleable and therefore very useful. When it comes to providing more information about your character, you can utilise vignettes and avoid having to write an extensive background. You can also use vignettes to reveal new aspects to your characters and locations, etc. in dribs and drabs. This can help greatly with the development of your story as often the 'slow reveal' helps to develop and then hold your reader's interest. Definitely a top tool for your literary DIY box.

Here are some examples of vignettes in literature:


Carts were jammed solid on the bridge with camels bobbing along through them. Greek cavalry herded along the procession. Women and kids were in the carts crouched with mattresses, mirrors, sewing machines, bundles. There was a woman having a kid with a young girl holding a blanket over her and crying. Scared sick looking at it. It rained all through the evacuation.



Annie Dillard: An American Childhood

Some boys taught me to play football. This was fine sport. You thought up a new strategy for every play and whispered it to the others. You went out for a pass, fooling everyone. Best, you got to throw yourself mightily at someone’s running legs… In winter, in the snow, there was neither baseball nor football, so the boys and I threw snowballs at passing cars. I got in trouble throwing snowballs, and have seldom been happier since.

You'll notice these examples are pretty different from one another, and, the thing is that you could easily pop them into a paragraph and they wouldn't be a vignette at all. Yet perhaps that's one of the best things about a vignette, it's nothing fancy. It's easy to use, and it's super approachable. Readers won't be all like 'oh look at them with their fancy try-hard writing', because a vignette isn't fancy at all, it's just some focused writing with specific placement and context.

Think about when you get an idea for a story, or a book, or a poem. Usually this is inspired by one moment, a meeting, a smell, a place, or a feeling, right? Well, that's your vignette; it's the polarisation of a moment that inspired you. Your piece of writing is a wider analysis of that feeling, but the moment of inspiration is the (metaphorical) vignette. 

If you feel like reading some vignettes in literature, here's a Goodreads shelf dedicated to them.

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We had a great variety of vignettes - and some very good almost vignettes - in our June challenge. Our winner without a doubt was Liberty Rose by LilyFramboise! Congratulations again to LilyFramboise  and read on below for our interview with the winning author.


WEbook: So, what’s a vignette then?

LilyFramboise: Well, to me a vignette is like a photograph - a snapshop of a moment in time, where you have a chance to get to know one person, or scene, or thing in intense detail. Imagine seeing the scene through a microscope or a telescope without moving it around; when you look through the eyepiece you can't see what surrounds it but you can focus on the details and really close in on them.

WB: Your entry was a really beautiful insight in to the first moment between a mother and her newborn. What made you choose this moment for your entry? Was there something in particular that made you decide it was ideal to use as a frame when writing your vignette?

LF: I'm a mum of two. It was just after my daughter's birthday and she was my firstborn. I think it just seemed obvious to me as a moment where you hone in on the minutae of this incredible new life to the exclusion of everything around you. Growing a whole new person inside you and bringing it out into the world is simply mind-blowing and I wanted to share that; a vignette provides the most perfect frame.

WB: The imagery you use in your submission is really well structured, with an interesting balance of external observations and internal feelings.

The contrast in the types of words you’ve selected to use in your story help to aid the polarisation of focus that the mother has for her newborn. The hospital - and her direct relationship / interaction with it - is characterised by harsher words and phrases, such as ‘rough’, ‘drone’, ‘dimly’ and ‘mind-altering pain’, whereas her association with the baby is peppered with soft and soothing ones, such as ‘marshmallow’, ‘milky’, ‘velvet’, and ‘gentle swell’.

Was this an active linguistic decision when you were writing your story? How do you think that the choice of ‘harsh’ and ‘soft’ words can help the reader to feel more connected to a piece of writing?

LF: Yes, of course. that contrast of words is always going to be an essential tool to creating a difference between two things and this situation couldn't provide two more extreme scenarios. First of all you have the labour and birth and everything about that is hard: sharp spasms, crippling cramps, overwhelming aches and fear. Pain takes over your body and you have no control over that and no knowledge when it will end and that is terrifying. If birth takes place in a hospital it revolves around order, structure, regime, rules and bright lights. You are part of a huge picture.

Contrast this with the softness and innocence of a new baby and the intimacy you feel, where the focus becomes just you and the new person you think you know but also know nothing about, and of course the language has to change.

WB: You use this vignette to show us the depths of a mother’s love, and also their endless worry. In the moment when the baby stops moving and gurgling, we all, as readers, pause ‘on a cliff-edge of uncertainly’ with the mother. You plough this emotion back in to the next moment when the mother and her child lock eyes for the first time, and it’s an incredibly effective use of the emotion that you’ve built up for the characters. How do you mitigate the challenge of creating an effective, emotional moment like this, without straying in to territory that could be seen as overly-dramatic, or ‘too literary’?

LF: I think having experienced the situation and writing about what you know reduces the likelihood of that. I lived those emotions and know they are real. We are talking about creating and introducing new life; that's huge. What could be bigger than meeting a child, no more than that, a whole new person. I don't think it can BE overly-dramatic. And too literary? I talk about amniotic fluid, sweat and strings of blood and licking soap and marshmallows, so I don't think the language is elevated to that level. It's very real, although I hope the moments of engaging with the new baby are anything but mundane, contrasted with the sense of the everyday that surrounds them.

WB: What are you reading at the moment?

LF: A Jilly Cooper actually; it's her new one, Mount. I grew up - well in my late teens, anyway - on a diet of her books, Judith Krantzs and Barbara Taylor Bradfords. They made a nice contrast to the classics, like Shakespeare, Dickens and Eliot, that I was studying at college and university. I still love them today, alongide Jodi Picoult's brilliant books. They inspired me to write a chick lit/erotic fiction of my own.

WB: What is your favourite WEbook project at the moment?

LF: The NaNoWriMo competition; I haven't done anything with the novel I mentioned but was on the verge of self-publishing. So I thought I'd give this a go first.

WB: Thanks for taking the time to chat with us LilyFramboise, and congratulations again on your win. We look forwards to seeing lots more entries from you over the coming months, and best of luck in the NaNoWriMo competition.


WEBook's August / September Newsletter


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Hello lovely writers and readers of WEbook πŸ‘‹πŸΌ

It's been a busy month on WEbook with loads of brilliant, interesting and totally unique projects popping up every day. Below, we've selected some of our favourites that you've been adding to this month.

Happy reading!


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| Fiction | Crime Thriller | Suspense |



Two Unsolved Mysteries by LouisaSweet

'Elena served the public of Minneapolis for seven years. After a sudden decision, she finds herself in the heart of London and teams up with Konstantin, a hardworking cop. Soon, they both start to follow a trail that is packed with danger and sadistic criminals.'

WEbook Member Review:
"... this is well written and seems well structured, I like the dialogue very much." - KenWebb 



| Fiction | Gay / Lesbian | Women's Fiction | NSFW |



Experience From the Past by QuietCreation

'Vivian Richmond is a respected criminal psychologist who consults with agencies across the country. She's engaged to the love her life but things don't turn out to be as they appear. Just when things are crumbling, light and dark appear in her life--what will prevail?'

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| Fiction |Historical | Action | Adventure |



Chronicle of Immortality: Matthew by KenWebb

'Mathias (Mathew) wakes on a beach of the Aegean and begins a journey of rediscovering himself, beset by immortals and monsters he travels a path that he himself had laid out in a previous life that he cannot remember.  What is the truth?  Is there a ultimate truth?  What hope has a man, when matched against the larger than life heroes and immortals that populate this world?

'In a game played by Immortals; humanity is the prize.'


WEbook Member Review:
"I like the sound of this story - were I an agent I would certainly read the first couple of chapters." - Satyr


Fiction Romance | Sci-Fi | Fantasy |



The Lady's Adviser by Crystal_Linn

“I have been hired to advise you, princess, and I will do my best, but you must make me a promise in return.” She wiped her face of her tears before offering her tiny hand. "What promise?" she asked warily. "Come to me first when you have a trouble and I will make certain to help you with it...In return, I promise to always be there for you when you need help."

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Fiction | YA | Sci-Fi | Fantasy |



Children of Little Might by The_Dragon

'Monty finds a manuscript that promises to grant him every wish he makes if he translates it. When he does and makes his first wish, that's when trouble starts.'

WEbook Member Review:
"I'm really loving the possibilities open to Monty as an action-driven ASD character. It is giving me a lot of warm fuzzies." - LisbethRose

"The stinging caress of wood smoke wound its way through the rainforest's mossy trees. Pulling me from sleep, its heavy tang drew me towards a jagged pathway littered with sharp debris. This pathway appeared to have been violently forced in to existence by those with no understanding of the rainforest's subtle guides. Pressing my foot down on to the path, treading in their wake, I knew I should follow." 

This month, we would like you to focus on using a full spectrum of sensory descriptions within your sub. We don't want you to rely on telling us what you, and therefore we, should be looking at. Rather, we want you to make us feel what's going on. Ignite our senses. Tell us what to smell, what to touch, and what to listen out for.

If you think you're a master of literary description and you've got this challenge down, then don't be afraid to show us - and the rest of WEbook - what you've got.

To read the full challenge description and find out how to enter, head over to the challenge page.

You've got until the end of the month to enter, but to take full advantage of feedback from other members you should make sure to get your entries in nice and early.

Up for grabs is a USD$25 Amazon gift voucher, or a hardback WEbook from the WEbook Store...

Good luck and happy writing!
Enter the September Challenge

Congratulations to all the entrants in the August Challenge: Talk to Me

Dialogue is a tricky thing to master, with some of the main hurdles being tied up in a writer's ability to capture the natural ebb and flow of conversation. Often we write in a very different way to the way we speak, so trying to combine the two can be fraught with unexpected hurdles leaving you in a battle against your instincts.

However, despite the difficulty presented by the challenge brief there were lots of top-class entries in the battle for the winning spot this month.

We're delighted to announce that the winner of the August Challenge: Talk to Me is....

Them Earthies by S_WilsonDisher

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The following five are this month's runners up:

Snowbound by OrientalGal | My Family by DexterBateman | Disclosure by LilyFramboise | Casino AdVal by tonydonell | Penury by satyr

Thanks for taking the time to write and submit your entries in August, we look forwards to reading and judging more of your stories in the September Challenge: Sights & Sounds
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Announcing the winners of the August Challenge: Talk to Me


The winner of the August Challenge: Talk to Me is....
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 The following five were August's runners up:
Casino AdVal by tonydonell | Penury by satyr |
Thanks to everyone who took part! 


Happy writing and good luck

- Hannah from the WEbook Team

An Interview with the Winner of the July Challenge: BDassing & How to Break Away from the Obvious When Writing From a Prompt


In the heat of the summer sun, our creative juices can sometimes feel a little dried up. 

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What with all the BBQing, sunbathing, swimming, sweating, tanning (and of course if you live in Northern Europe, the wish that some of that were true), it can be easy to put your writing on the back burner until the winter months once again bring a darkness to our days.

Luckily for us, you WEbookers are such a devout lot that even in high summer we can still count on a slew of superb submissions for the WEbook monthly challenge. Last month's writing challenge prompt had a bit of a sci-fi slant to it. This was admittedly quite difficult to extract a top story from, whilst steadfastly ignoring the obvious route... However, as per usual, this difficulty was more than surpassed by many of the entrants who took the unexpected route by running, swimming, flying, and fleeing towards their climatic points.


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Working with a prompt that encourages you to take the obvious route is a good way to challenge and exercise your ability to think creatively. But how to get around being obvious? How do you know what everyone's going to write? How can you stand out from the crowd when you can't even see who's in it?! Well, luckily you've got a trick up your sleeve, and that's that nobody knows what you're planning either.

Be cunning, outwit your writing competitors and always begin with a b-r-a-i-n-s-t-o-r-m ⚡️.

The storm has highlighted some obvious things.

So how can we break out of this cloud?

The best way to start, is to think about it logically. 'Logical creativity' is a brilliant tool to rely on during the planning stage. You always need to start with the cloud, and then you just work your way out, up, down and around it, using your own powers of logical association. 

Super easy, and super effective. Plus you can use all sorts of colours and pens and sticky notes and fun things (glitter?), so everyone's a winner. 

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Looking at our prompt, we have two constants that we must maintain. The first is that #6706428 is a number that has been assigned to something, and the second is that this thing wakes up, suddenly. 

So, let's consider this list of some very general things that can wake up, followed by a bit of thinking on what each of these could relate to, and then inject some imagination in to each of the points. You may wish to think even deeper during this planning stage to further hone your ideas, but for the purposes of our example this level of depth will suffice.

You might find it beneficial to work through each option by writing a few scenes or sentences on each idea. From there, judge which story ideas fit best, which ones bore you and which ones you end up writing, and writing, and writing, and writing, and.... Oh &%$@! It's 3am.

Looking at the table, you might initially like the idea of writing about a colony of ants, but what if that story runs out of steam? The disease / virus option might be obvious, but you will likely have a lot of inspiration to work from ... and so on and so forth as you work through the list.

Each of the ideas will likely need some further attention paid to their logical diversifications, and a bit more creativity might be needed to turn what you have in to a stellar entry. However, it's fairly plain to see that almost none of these options are what one immediately thinks of when you hear the sentence, 'Number #6706428 woke with a start...'. 

The most important thing though is to keep your reader interested. Don't rehash an old story. Write something new for them. Show them what you've got and take them on a journey into your world. 

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The winner of our July Challenge certainly did their fair share of original thinking. BDassing's triumphantly excellent entry, Restorations, took us away from dungeons and war zones.
BDassing was wonderful enough to answer some questions we had for her about her winning entry, her writing process, and a couple of other things too!

So, without further ado, congratulations again to BDassing on your brilliant, winning entry in to WEbook's July Challenge: #6706428, Restorations.

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WEbook: Well done for thinking outside the box and not going down the 'prisoner' route with your story. It was refreshing to say the least! How did you manage to break away from the obvious with your entry?

BDassing: Thank you for the compliment! When I was younger, I belonged to a group of writers that went to competitions. My teacher at the time told us, “The first thing you think about with a prompt - throw it out. Everyone else is thinking the same thing. And go ahead and throw out the second thought too. Go for the unexpected.” That has always stayed with me. So, I thought to myself, ‘What kind of things have numbers?’ I originally thought of an airplane, but why not spice it up and go for a futuristic airship?

WB: How did you structure your approach to the challenge? Was it a matter of working from the prompt as a starting point, or did you make the prompt fit in with the story you wanted to write?

BDI actually wrote this based on an idea I have for a book. The cottage in the story is all about my other character, who collects items for spells. This is the future of that story. They seemed to go together, the mysterious airship that didn’t tell about its past, and Quinn who just wanted a future for her mother, colliding together in an unexpected way.

WB: Your entry adds small, almost undetectable hints of futuristic-fantasy in to the world your characters inhabit. They are so subtle they could be easily missed, except, that once we reach the hut in the forest Quinn's experience is a completely believable turn of events. This was very well done, and it takes some very close reading to wheedle these points out in the violet blue of the eyes, the helium mines, and of course the zeppelins. This was a challenging thing to achieve, and also quite a gamble! You have however achieved a great realistic / fantastical balance.

Was there a lot of editing that went in to developing this feel to your piece? Could you elaborate on the process that went in to this a bit for us?


BD: Thank you again for those compliments! Originally, I just wrote - disregarding word count. I ended up with a little over 1,500 words. So I began to pare down. What were the items that were absolutely essential to the story? I knew I needed the basic rules of the world to make sense, otherwise it would be difficult to become immersed within it. I took out so many things I wish could have stayed, mostly descriptions and extra knowledge about the characters, but in the end the story had what it needed to exist and that was all that mattered. I think I learned a lot about editing from this exercise!

WB: We really enjoyed how your MC, Quinn, took on an untypical role for a female character. Do you enjoy subverting gender norms in your writing? And was your final line a nod to this?

BD: I’m not usually purposeful about subverting gender norms, but sometimes my characters do come out that way. I’m usually inspired by a photo, a line in a movie, or a painting. I can’t explain it and usually when I begin writing they do things by themselves. 

After I’m done writing a scene I think - ‘Hey, I didn’t want you to be that way.’ But, there they are. And I can’t change it. Quinn decided to be spunky, curious, and risk taking. She only exists in this short story, but I can’t help but want to write more about her. My last line was more about a mother whose first thought is always about her daughter, no matter the circumstances.

WB: What are you writing at the moment? Is there more of your writing we can read somewhere?

BD: I have been working on a rewrite of a book that I wrote several years ago. It is young adult fiction and is based on the story of Nephilim and the angels. I’ve always been fascinated with that little story in the Bible - who were those angels? What were they like? If they were on earth right now, what would they be doing and who would they be? 

I don’t have anything else out there to read - just my ramblings on WEbook! I do it for the enjoyment of writing, and hope maybe someday to grab an editor’s attention!

WB: Do you have a favourite writer on WEbook? And / or a favourite project that a member has written?

BD: Well, since I am new to WEbook, I’m still learning who people are and what kind of stuff they write. My favorite thing to do so far has been to grab these little monthly challenges and see what I can create. I enjoy reading others’ entries and have gained some friends through simply responding to their reviews. It tickles my brain. All the time. And I like it.

WB: Thanks for taking the time to talk to us about your winning entry, 'Restorations', BDassing! We look forwards to reading more from you over the coming months. 

If you'd like to try your hand at one of our monthly challenges, head over to the WEbook homepage and check out the current monthly competition. Entry is free and anyone can submit an entry, amateur, professional, or somewhere in between. All skill levels are welcome!

Happy writing :)

Hannah from the WEbook Team 

Interview with Keberly, winner of the May Challenge: Believe

Folklore can be many things, but it's usually a traditional piece of art, literature, song, dance, or knowledge, that has been passed down through oral and visual communication. Over time, many of the tales that inspired the modern versions we know have been softened, manipulated, or changed to suit various ends (Hi, Disney πŸ‘‹πŸΌ).

Yet, it is through the popularisation of these tales that many of our own interests in literature and storytelling evolved and, in many cases, formed the basis of the writers we are today. Say what you will about Disney; in reality many of the 'classic' tales we know were bastardised way before Walt had his wicked way with them. No doubt they'll be churned up, reformed and rewritten countless times, by countless authors, to suit various ends, for ever after - happy or not. 

For our May Challenge: Believe, we asked WEbook to delve in to the world of folklore and use this as their basis for composing a challenge entry. The criteria for 'folklore' was deliberately left wide open, allowing the judges to accept entries either in the form of an original retelling of a classic piece of folklore, or something original. The only criteria was that the folklore had to have a meaningful basis to it - whether this be a lesson, a moral or perhaps a revelation, was up to the author to decide.

The winner of the May Challenge: Believe was Keberly with her fantastic entry, 'All that Glitters'


Keberly was kind enough to take the time to have a chat with us and answer a few questions about her winning entry, her writing process and her involvement with WEbook. 

Read on for the full interview...

Photo Credit: Brian Froud

WEbook: Hi Keberly. Thanks so much for taking the time to talk to us, and congratulations of course on your winning entry! 

What was it that drew you towards the use of Irish folklore and fairies in particular when planning your story?

Keberly: Both Greek mythology and European folklore, Irish in particular, have always fascinated me. When I was about fourteen, I discovered a book of illustrations by Brian Froud and Alan Lee titled Faeries

Accompanying these amazing drawings were descriptions of the different types of fairies and their characteristics. I thumbed through those pages for hours, and when I got to the end I promptly began again. I couldn’t get enough. When I read the challenge for May involved folklore, that book and those drawings immediately came to mind. A girl in a tree house mistaking a shimmering green light for a firefly popped in there next, and the rest is All That Glitters.

WB: 'All that Glitters', relies on the reader not guessing the outcome of the story before the final reveal. Using fairies, this was a bit of a gamble as you’re hedging your bets that the average reader will rely on the mainstream depictions of fairies, rather than their traditional portrayal as sinister, mischievous, and/or manipulative beings. 

Did you actively try to mitigate this risk, or was it not something that concerned you when writing and how do you think this type of issue can be handled by authors?

Keberly: I knew there would be a chance that some readers would be familiar with fairy ring folklore, so I did actively try to keep readers from guessing the outcome. My first goal was to make them seem congenial rather than mischievous. I felt like the more Disney-like the fairies appeared, the less likely the reader would be to focus on their traditionally selfish nature.

My second goal was to purposely keep readers inside Kat’s head. I wanted to keep them engrossed in what she was experiencing rather than whether the fairies were real or not. I wanted readers to believe what was happening wasn’t possible because Kat didn’t believe it. I also banked on the more readers liking Kat, the more shocked they would be when things didn’t turn out so happily ever after. I wasn’t sure it would work, but it seems the luck of the Irish was on my side for this one.

Actively using common perception to sway readers away from guessing the outcome is a technique writers commonly use. Whether it works or not depends on several factors, the most important of which, in my opinion, are: Pointing them in the direction of the expected, clearing the path of least resistance for them to follow and surprising them with a twist they didn’t anticipate.


WB: You’ve utilised the ‘waking from a dream’ motif in your story, which has come to be a bit of a clichΓ©. However, in your story, you’ve used this in a very non-clichΓ© way, subverting the literary crutch of ‘It’ll all be alright in the end… it was only a dream’, for something much more grizzly! 

Did you actively attempt to use a subversion of the ‘waking from a dream’ motif like this to trick, and ultimately surprise your reader?

Keberly: There’s definitely an undertone of the “it was only a dream” motif in All That Glitters, and I wonder if perhaps this particular bit of folklore lends some amount of credence to the dream trope. Ponderous thoughts aside, I think this story’s path to becoming clichΓ© was subverted by the fact that, in the end, Kat discovers—in a very real and finite way—her dance with the fairies was not a dream. I also think staying true to the folklore, even if it meant an untimely (timely?) demise for Kat, helped me come out on the winning side of leaning on a literary crutch versus using it to create the desired response.


WB: Your use of colloquial speaking patterns in your entry is very effective. It really gives a great edge to the development of your character’s personality. 

Do you find it easy to write dialogue in this type of style, and, do you have any tips for others looking to try it out?

Keberly: I tend to gravitate toward informal dialogue to begin with, so I don’t find colloquial speaking patterns particularly difficult. One of my favorite parts of writing is character development, and the way characters speak is often a big part of their believability. Kat’s voice came through loud and clear from the get go, with her burgeoning use of cuss words clanging just as loudly behind. Luckily, I had the Internet at my disposal and was able to make the way she spoke as accurate to the time and place of the story as possible.

Writing natural sounding dialogue can be challenging. What we think people say and what people actually say doesn't always translate well from our heads to the page.

If your character has a certain speaking pattern or accent, try searching online for audio or video to ensure the most accurate pronunciations. Also, a few well-placed, phonetically spelled words are all it takes for reader to get the gist. They can do the rest in their head. In my experience, going overboard only tends to bog down the story and frustrate the reader.

WB: What are you reading at the moment?

Keberly: I’ve just finished Game of Thrones in the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin and am now reading A Clash of Kings. I have my theories about who Azor Ahai is… Now I just have to go back through the intricately laid trail of breadcrumbs and massively intertwined branches of family trees to see if I can't prove some of them correct.

WB: What are your favourite projects on WEbook at the moment?

Keberly: I don't currently have a favorite project, but I am fond of the WEbook monthly challenges. My participation has been lacking as of late, but whenever I do enter a submission, I'm happy to say the feedback I receive is some of the most honest, insightful, thorough and helpful I've gotten anywhere online. WEbook is the truest definition of an online writing community I've found, with members who offer constructive criticism and objective advice because they genuinely want to help other writers hone their skills. Plus, the witty banter of the monthly challenge's "usual suspects" never disappoints.

WB: Thanks for taking the time to speak with us Keberly and for giving us such brilliant and at times refreshing insights in to the way that you approach your writing. 

If you'd like to read through Keberly's winning entry, All that Glitters you can do so by checking out the challenge page for May's Challenge: Believe. If you like what you read, why not let us know by leaving a comment right here on the blog?

Fancy getting involved? There are always writing challenges going on on WEbook. Head over to the homepage to check out what challenges you could get involved with. No matter your experience level, the WEbook challenge is open to writers of all ages, talents and experience.

Happy writing and good luck :)

- Hannah from the WEbook Team

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