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Picking Up Peas With Chopsticks

    Picking UP Peas With Chopsticks is a new anthology for those of you  interested in the fun of Creative Writing. There are 34 short stories in this book. Dora Bona, a creative writing tutor, and travel journalist contributed to this anthology with novelist Graham Whittaker. Each story was a given theme in one…

 

 

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Picking UP Peas With Chopsticks is a new anthology for those of you  interested in the fun of Creative Writing. There are 34 short stories in this book. Dora Bona, a creative writing tutor, and travel journalist contributed to this anthology with novelist Graham Whittaker. Each story was a given theme in one of Dora’s classes.

One of the problems of the age of social media and instant networking has been the falling off of concentration spans with readers. A novel now has become a big drain on time. On the other hand the short story has made a huge comeback. Not very long ago the short story had fallen into obscurity. Magazines no longer paid for short fiction, and the market dried up.

With digital publishing and the burgeoning ebook market, the short story has found a new and popular niche. You can read a story on the train, bus, in the car (when you are not driving!)  It’s a bit like having a mini-meal and feeling satisfied.

Personally I’ve always liked the short form because it’s difficult…much more difficult than writing a novel. With a novel you have time to tell a story, develop characters, and, to an extent, stretch out the imagery. The short story doesn’t give that luxury. That’s part of the fun in the writing though. That so many people consider short story writing first, possibly out of a sense of laziness, is confounding.  Have a look at Picking Up Peas With Chopsticks.

You can get it at Smashwords for $2.99 and at just shy of 70,000 words it’s a bit like a recipe book of genres.

 

 

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Author: grahamwhittaker
What do I call myself? A novelist? A journalist? Writer on demand? Copywriter? Ghostwriter? Poet? Is there a single word to describe all these things? if anyone knows one please tell me. I started out life as a journalist after my service time in the RN. I was 22. My love then was music writing, contributing articles to most of the pop/rock magazines of the time. As time went by I ghostwrote biographies for celebs, wrote novels, and made a general living from writing everything from love letters to translating menus in China to acceptable English. I have written greetings cards, manuals, How to books on so many subjects I forget. My living has been as a writer on demand. So, my blog is an eclectic collection of HOW MY BRAIN WORKS. Recently I started writing blogs for company blogs. In my retirement I find myself writing more, about more subjects than I ever covered as a roving journalist. I ask myself why having reached the age of leisure why I am now busier than ever before! My last novel, The Girl From Kosovo has led to a second, which will be in your bookshops next year 2019, and my new anthology of shorts with the title Picking Up Peas With Chopsticks has just been uploaded as an ebook. (It's a pot boiler so don't expect a print version any time soon.) If you have a blog, or a job to offer, I'm an obsessive researcher and turnaround time is fast. Yes, I know, I'm a HACK. A writer for money. A gun for hire. But hey... we all have our failings. Thanks for calling in. Feel free to chat and comment. I'll even get back to you with a thank you note!

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