Well now, whether you write Twitfic, Microfiction, Flash Fiction, Short Short Stories, Short Stories, Novelettes, Novellas, Novels or Scripts you can tell everyone that you get your ideas here.
This is a prompts book. Oh yes. But it's a prompts book with a BIG difference. The prompts in this book aren't the usual, run-of-the-mill, mind numbingly boring prompts you usually get.
Oh, no. Not here.
And this is not the sort of book that's just going to give you a prompt and expect you to know what to do with it. No matter what form your writing takes, this book will show you an easy way to get the ideas out of your brain and transformed into stories.
How? Well that's the easy part - firstly there's Mr Maxwell's Spectacular Story Suggester.
A simple method of taking whichever prompt you choose and getting it straight into the easiest possible form so you can get to the important part - writing the story.
There is, of course, more. The author has taken a prompt and written a Flash Fiction story from it and then explained exactly how he did it.
Then Adrian Graham, a prolific microfiction author whose ebooks have been downloaded over 120 thousand times has written some exquisite stories and explained how to create micro-magic from the prompts
Next Rosalind Wyllie, a tremendous playwright whose plays have been performed up and down the country by fine companies of players (including the RSC) has penned a short script and taken time from her busy schedule to describe how she weaved her magic.
And last but by no means least the fantastic Y.A. author Mr C.G. Allan has written a children's short story and then explained just how it went from prompt to print.
By the time you've inhaled this book you mind will be an overflowing well of wonderful ideas and even better - you'll know what to do with them.
But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.
As Jenny says:
"Some people might think that being 'furiously happy' is just an excuse to be stupid and irresponsible and invite a herd of kangaroos over to your house without telling your husband first because you suspect he would say no since he's never particularly liked kangaroos. And that would be ridiculous because no one would invite a herd of kangaroos into their house. Two is the limit. I speak from personal experience. My husband says that none is the new limit. I say he should have been clearer about that before I rented all those kangaroos.
"Most of my favorite people are dangerously fucked-up but you'd never guess because we've learned to bare it so honestly that it becomes the new normal. Like John Hughes wrote in The Breakfast Club, 'We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it.' Except go back and cross out the word 'hiding.'"
Furiously Happy is about "taking those moments when things are fine and making them amazing, because those moments are what make us who we are, and they're the same moments we take into battle with us when our brains declare war on our very existence. It's the difference between "surviving life" and "living life". It's the difference between "taking a shower" and "teaching your monkey butler how to shampoo your hair." It's the difference between being "sane" and being "furiously happy."
Lawson is beloved around the world for her inimitable humor and honesty, and in Furiously Happy, she is at her snort-inducing funniest. This is a book about embracing everything that makes us who we are - the beautiful and the flawed - and then using it to find joy in fantastic and outrageous ways. Because as Jenny's mom says, "Maybe 'crazy' isn't so bad after all." Sometimes crazy is just right.
"Short fiction is in good hands"
Independent on Sunday, 13 Mar 2005.
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"Fills you with hope for the form"
Time Out, 2 Feb 2005.
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"Get with the zeitgeist and buy yourself a copy of Bracket"
Leeds Guide, 26 Jan 2005.
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"An agreeably accomplished collection populated, as promised, by some intriguing characters"
City Life, 19 Jan 2005.
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Once again drawn to the adventure that awaits in the hidden room in The Lost Bookshop, Nina, Ivy and Oswald pick up a book that transports them straight into a fairytale.
Witches abound on Halloween and they soon cross paths with the Witch with the Glitch who casts a spell over them all. They have until the clock strikes midnight to find the mysterious Izzy and break the spell or they will be stuck in the fairytale land forever.
Will they make it in time?
The Witch with the Glitch is the third book in the Lost Bookshop series of stand-alone stories that feature a young, curious and adventure seeking cast. For middle grade readers, the Witch with the Glitch will thrill your children, whether it is their first visit to the Lost Bookshop or their third.Pick up The Witch with the Glitch today and let them join the adventure.
Nina, Ivy and Oswald cannot resist the pull of the next adventure that they know awaits them in the hidden room in The Lost Bookshop.
Stepping through the door once more, they are surprised to find themselves in the Wild West, in a town that is facing certain destruction. Knowing they must help, and with the aid of a little native American girl named Wachiwi, the group set off in search of a fabled treasure – the only thing that can save the town before it’s too late.
In a race against the clock the trio embark on their next adventure, not knowing if they will ever find their way home.
The Search for the Sheriffs Star is the second book in the Lost Bookshop series of stand-alone stories that feature a young, curious and adventure seeking cast. Whether this is their first visit, or their second, you children will love their time in the Lost Bookshop.Pick up The Search for the Sheriffs Star today and feed their imagination.
Nina is a girl who just can’t stay out of trouble. When she finds herself transported to a magical market on a mysterious train she thinks she’ll be able to find Christmas presents for her best friends. How wrong can you be?
With a villainous thief on the loose and no time to waste, the feisty girl soon finds herself dodging danger in the most breathtaking way. Can she catch the crook? And if she does how will she stop him? With her life hanging in the balance and snow swirling around her head, you’ll have to join her on this heart-pounding adventure to find out!A Kids Christmas Book You'll Never Forget