I’m Back!

Hi all – you can now follow me at Words & Stitches for new stories, as well as book/movie reviews, free crochet patterns and more 🙂

Thanks for all your support!

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NaNoWriMo!! And Other Resources

Hey all!

You may have noticed that I have been conspicuously absent for quite some time now. There’s a few reasons, not the least of which is that life has just been kind of in the way. But more to the point, my writing goals have changed and I’m not quite sure what that means yet for Beyond the Threshold.

When I first started this flash fiction blog, it was something of an experiment. I had never written in short-story form before, and had several unfinished “novels.” I wanted to explore flash fiction as a way to test out new ways of telling stories, improve my world-building skills, and create a bunch of characters and scenarios. I wanted to have fun, and see what I could learn.  It was well worth it, but I feel like I might have hit a wall for what I can do in 1000 words. In order to grow, I think it’s time to change up the game.

So, for the first time ever – I’m participating in NaNoWriMo! In the spirit of that, I’d like to share some of my favourite writer resources with all of you lover of words 🙂 If you are looking for inspiration, motivation, or just a way to geek-out writer-style, you’ll want to check these out!

Podcasts

Podcasts have become a constant in my life. They are perfect for listening to while I’m doing anything very hands-on like cooking, cleaning, crocheting – anything of that nature.

Here are a few aimed specifically at budding writers:

  • Writing Excuses: Tips, advice, and writing challenges brought to you by 3 working  authors
  • How Story Works: Story theory! Course-style discussions on how to craft a well-written story brought to you by author Lani Diane Rich
  • Comics Experience Make Comics: Everything you need to know about making comic books and participating in the comic book industry

And whether you are interested in writing or not, story-lovers need to check out these podcasts by story-teller extraordinaires:

  • Myths and Legends: Folklore from all over the world, told accurately – but with a critical and comical edge, brought to you by Jason and Carissa Weiser
  • Fictional: Iconic tales you may have never actually read, also brought to you by Jason and Carissa Weiser
  • Lore: Stories from the darkest corners of history, brought to you by Aaron Mahnke (now a TV series on Amazon Prime Video)
  • Origins: Exploring the origins of dark legends and supernatural archetypes, brought to you by author Jaimie Engle

Gamified Writing

Looking for a fresh challenge or a way to spice up the relationship between you and your story? Here’s a couple places to check out:

NaNoWriMo – obviously! Sign up for free and challenge yourself to write 50,000 words in the month of November. It’s already started, but it’s not to late to join. Update your word count, race your writing buddies, win badges and qualify to win a prize at the end.

4thewords: In this quest style game, you kill monsters in battle by writing to complete quests! Set up as many projects as you want, and choose which to write for in each battle. You’ll start off by needing 200 words in 30 minutes, but it gets tougher – pressure’s on!

Ad Hoc Fiction: This is a free weekly flash fiction contest. A prompt word is given and you have 150 words to tell a whole story, using the prompt at least once. Be creative! The competition is sharp.

Happy Writing!

 

 

 

Write Drunk, Edit Sober.

Calling all writers! I now offer professional editing services.

Since beginning this flash fiction site in 2015, I have gained access to a beautifully inspirational and ever-growing community of writers. If there’s one thing we all learn pretty quickly, it’s that the significance of the editing phase cannot be understated. Many of us have probably also realized that self-editing never really seems to do the trick. That’s because as the author of the work, we are most liable to let our brains auto-correct errors. There’s nothing like having a fresh set of eyes evaluate your work; and as scary as that sometimes seems, it’s a necessary evil!

So I have decided to put my editing training and experience to good use, by reaching out to all of my fellow writers. This service is not only for your blog posts or flash fiction – if you are a professional writer or looking to become one, you can send me manuscripts and documents of all lengths, genres, and subject matter. I am a certified technical writer, which means I am trained in the art of flexibility – I can tackle any subject, and any type of document, fiction or otherwise. I am also a member of Editors Canada.

Since each piece of work is a different challenge, my prices are not fixed. Please send me a query or quote request at shylafairfax[at]editors.ca, and visit my Righting Words page for more information.

Happy writing!