Full-length books available in paperback / Kindle and Kobo E-pub include four modest volumes on coaching Modern Olympic Sports Fencing and one on virtualisation using VirtualBox. Added in 2020, the Essential Short Guides series, currently seven topics from SEO and GDPR to web accessibility.
‘Starting the story in the middle’: that’s the Latin term in medias res. The Greek playwrights understood it well. Don’t start with a boatload of exposition, get into the action and explain things as you go. Horace named it but writers have been using it since writing began.
The non-fiction output continues with a new Essential Short Guide to PRINCE2® e-book. Sub-titled Introducing PRojects IN Controlled Environments, this guide is aimed at newcomers to the PRINCE2 project management framework. After three decades of project-based working, this is as much a critique as an entry-level how-to guide.
In the current fantasy-fiction challenge, our protagonist is in revolt against the Evil Empire de Jour. Which raised the question, what goes onto our fictional empire-builders’ checklist? With inspiration from the Mythcreants blog, here’s a ten-step questionnaire for creating detailed and credible Imperial powers.
According to Christine Frazier’s Better Novel Project you need twenty characters to start a book. Her post advocates this as an essential kick-starter for pop-fiction. It cites first chapters for Harry Potter and The Hunger Games (19 each) and Twilight (24). Even generalising for genre-fiction, twenty characters in Chapter One seems a bit much.
Delighted to see Winning at Épée breaking an Amazon Top Ten. Broken down by genre and category Amazon Top Ten – fencing books is our specific chart.
Our first publication of 2021 is available now: The Essential Short Guide to Web Content Strategy and Planning. You can find it at Amazon, Kobo and Apple Books as well as the Proactivity Press online shop.
Thanks to a seasonal re-run we’re currently listening to What is a Story? on BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in 2015. Starting with an examination of our early experiences of stories, Marina Warner looks at the world of contemporary fiction in this ten-part documentary.
Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats compiled a list on Twitter of twenty-two rules of storytelling. It’s not a new list (2012?) but it does contain some timeless wisdom. So here’s a shameless lift of that list:
Three new Essential Short Guides are available now at Amazon, Kobo and Apple Books as well as the Proactivity Press online shop.
You can find our Essential Short Guides available online now at Amazon, Kobo and Apple Books as well as our own online shop.