|Every picture tells many stories?|
One thing has definitely become clear though in this search for my "writer type" and that is: the more I try to discover or label myself as a particular kind of author, the more I rail against being pigeonholed and put into a particular kind of box. This can be a good or a bad thing in the traditional world of publishing which wants writers' books to fit into a certain section of a bookshop, within a particular genre and a specific age range... But I do wonder if living in these exciting times of the days of changing face of publishing through ever-changing technology, resisting this "scribble-profiling" could be a negative thing?
|A good winter read...|
Over the last few years, I've become increasingly interested in the idea of "transmedia" after reading a brilliant book not so long ago called "The Art of Immersion" by Frank Rose (which I'd thoroughly recommend). In that book, he was primarily using examples of TV shows and film (and also computer games) which deliver on multiple platforms, but ultimately what he focuses on is the fact they do this to 'extend the story" of their product, to give fans not just special features but also other ways to view the worlds they've created.
It's this kind of multi-faceted, multi-narrative style of authorship that I know I want to head towards and become, making extra features and insights into my stories that add to and explore other stories hidden within an otherwise "standalone" novel... I've begun this process, these past 6 years across at my Official Writing Website by linking pages and short stories together and attempting to create intriguing puzzles for readers to solve that begin to unpeel the fruit of the narratives I'm trying to plant seeds of in these early years of my scribble-practice...
|Can YOU decypher the colourful tales at:|
One way I've been trying to add to the "intrigue" of my writing in 2012, has been to develop a YouTube page for myself and to create short teasers for some of the stories I'm showcasing on my writing website and so perhaps a good way to end this Winter Reflections post is to give a link to where you can pull up a comfy chair, sit back with a hot mug of something and enjoy the trailers before the main features begin...
|Tales on the big screen are what inspire my writing most...|