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Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Exploring different Genres Outside My Box

CHALLENGE: Write a short piece in a genre you don't normally touch (i.e. OUTSIDE your comfort zone). How much you write is up to you. It can be a scene, short story, poetry, flash fiction etc. HOSTED BY: Tessa's Blurb

Open until December 5th
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3 undisclosed prizes!
I enjoy challenges and exploring the different genres is certainly a challenge.

My thanks to Tessa for this opportunity. NB: I live in the UK
SO HERE’S MY PIECE written in the form of a first person MEMOIR.

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So, now you've guessed it's a historical memoir. I can reveal that I planned to write from a maid servant's POV and during my research was reminded that both Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour were maids to their predecessors and that is where I got my idea. Enjoy!Naturally my influence was Philippa Gregory:

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  1. Historical?

    If I didn't have NaNo looming over my shoulder I'd have tried this one - look likes fun!

  2. Very cool! Thank you for taking part! I'll be posting about the prizes tomorrow btw... ; )

    Don't forget to check back on my blog on Dec 7th for the finalists so you can vote!

  3. Thanks Tessa, How exciting! :O)

  4. You did an excellent job of grounding us in the viewpoint of your lead. How tunnel-visioned is the mind filtered by need, ambition, and desire.

    I always wondered what those women thought would be their fates as wife after wife were executed before them?

  5. Bless you, Roland, for your lovely and interesting comments. :O)

  6. Beautiful job on Jane Seymour! It's just how I pictured her after reading "The Other Boleyn Girl" - sincere and unassuming, complete opposite of Anne. I also liked the insight into how your story idea evolved.

  7. Nicely done; you really step into this character. It reads like the period, and I was left wanting more. So I'd say that's a success, as I don't normally gravitate toward the historical fiction aisle!

  8. Well done! I think the style of writing matched the period very well. And the "voice" of the character came through clearly.

    And I liked this line: "My strength hangs like a frayed tapestry awaiting restoration.."

  9. Bless you all, thank you. I really enjoyed the challenge. It has made me think much more 'outside of my box' about future pieces/novels though first I must master the fiction Short Story. I have several half finished ones at the moment.

  10. Hi,

    Beautifully written, wonderful as a memoir, and of course, historical in content: my fav genre! Fab, utterly fab. ;)


  11. Oh bless you Francine, thank you.:O)

  12. I thought you did a wonderful job. Good stuff.

  13. Approaching this from the Jane-as-the-maid's pov is a great way to ground the reader in the opening. Nicely done.

  14. I love period pieces.

    That was beautifully written Madeleine. You captured the woman's point of view from sixteenth century England. Well done.


  15. Thank you Wendy, Amalia and Michael. I didn't make the short list though I've just discovered. Oops! Bless you for reading and commenting though. :O)


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