Writing Hour Roundup: 30 August 2022

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“The People’s Friend” Writing Hour is held every Tuesday at 11 a.m. on Twitter and it’s always a brilliant time! It’s a time when we can get together with writers for a chat.

Every week we summarise everything that went on for those who missed out.

This week we talked about viewpoints, serials and pre-ordering books.

How is everyone? Did you have a good weekend? What’s your news?

Our writers lead exciting lives!

This weekend (a bank holiday for some) included a writing retreat, family visits, camping, holidays and a music festival.

Do you ever pre-order books, or do you wait until they hit the shelves?

Some prefer to wait until the book drops at their local bookshop.

But others like to pre-order, especially if it’s by a favourite author or friend.

What’s your preferred amount of viewpoints when writing a story?

Lots of people said that it depends on the length. For a short story, most like to stick to one viewpoint. For a novel, they like to tell the story through multiple viewpoints.

Do you prefer the PF historical or contemporary serials? What type would you write?

When it comes to writing serials, historical seems to be just a tad more popular than contemporary according to the answers we got.

Most don’t have a preference for reading serials, though.

As Mary Jasper said:

We do have an online serial workshop coming up on September 28, 2022!

Which fictional character would you like to talk to in real life?

While lots of characters were mentioned, only three received more than one nomination.

Those three were . . . Miss Marple, Ruth Galloway and Anne Elliot.

Chatting to all three would be fabulous!

Do you have any writing news that you’d like to promote? Or maybe you’ve just finished reading a wonderful book?

We’ll see you at our next Writing Hour on Twitter — 11 a.m. on Tuesday 6 September, 2022.

Or click here to see our previous roundups.

Abigail Phillips

Abbie is the newest member of the fiction team at the "Friend." She loves how varied the role is - every day is different and there is always a new story to read. She is keen to work closely with established writers and discover new writers, too.