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Working on demand – A demanding audience

We recently went on holiday in Cornwall. Whilst there, my eldest asked if I could tell her a quick story before bedtime. Wracking my brains I quickly came up with a story, told it to her and ended it on a cliff hanger. This was not appreciated.

Realising that I better capture the story up to the point of where I got it, I found that verbal storytelling is very light on the details compared to written story telling. What had been a less than three minute story turned into a 1800 words or so chapter … with no end in sight.

I passed over my iPhone (since that was what I was writing it on) and she sat and devoured the whole thing again, handing the phone back to me with an ‘awesome, what happens next?’

Looking around for a shovel to dig myself out of the hole I was in, I realised that I was going to have to write another chapter. Which I did. Another 1800 words or so in a couple of hours on a iPhone does lead to some basic grammar and typo but this chapter too was devoured.

I am now on chapter 3. Being back at home and catching up on work means that I’m less able to write as fast as I might, but at least I have Scrivener to cut and paste my notes into.

Fortunately, I already had a world in mind, for which I had developed a short background as a ‘rainy day’ story. So now, Nagar: The Nanowiz has been born and she and her sister Arik are on the run from the vengeful Vantags and heading to The City.

Hopefully this will see a short(ish) novel being written. It does raise some questions however.

1) What do you call the market for children around 7-10 years old?
2) How long is the average novel for such children?

As ever, although I’m writing this for my daughter, I still have an eye on getting it published as well.

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.


3 thoughts on “Working on demand – A demanding audience

  1. Lol, my step-daughter’s demanded I write her a book based on Adam Caine. She’s eight. Not sure what the age range is called… she’s a bit of a Hermione Grainger, though I think they all are at that age! Not sure how to write a kids book based on military sci-fi…


    Posted by shavenwookiee | August 9, 2013, 8:05 am

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