A Helping Hand
Yesterday my latest story, 'Rock-a-Bye Baby', was published on Alfie Dog Fiction. It has been described as a happy ghost story. Sounds strange? It would have done to me I hadn't had a helping hand from another writer.
When some writing friends suggested writing a ghost story for Hallowe'en, it presented me with a real challenge. It was a new genre for me - I loved reading ghost stories but hadn't written any. Not one to shy away from something new, I wanted to have a go and bought Kathleen McGurl's 'Ghost Stories and How to Write Them'. It was just what I needed!
As well as the hints and tips about how to write a ghost story, the book is illustrated with examples of Kath's own ghost stories that have been published. It's very readable and I learned such a lot from her.
Did you know that ghost stories fall into three types?
- Type 1 where the 'ghost' is the character with the problem
-Type 2 where a ghostly presence helps a main character
-Type 3 where something happens that may be have an alternative rational explanation.
I don't want to elaborate; it's far better that you read all the details for yourself in Kath's book. (A link to her Womagwriter's Blog is found at the right of this page.)
If you'd like to download and read 'Rock-a-Bye Baby', you can decide whether it's a Type 1, 2 or 3 story.
What ''How To....' book has been a helping hand for you? Please comment and share with us.