Annie On Writing

July 17, 2015

My ego won’t let me read

Filed under: Writing Tools — Annie Evett @ 10:39 pm

I was one of those kids who read until 2 am under the covers with a flashlight. I read on buses, trains and while walking between classes at university. A blissful weekend for me involved a block of chocolate, a packet of salt and vinegar chips, a pile of books and a “do not disturb’ sign on my door. But my ego killed my passion for reading; and its been years since I can honestly say I have read a book.

Therein lays the rub, for you see, to become a better writer, a generally acceptance piece of advice is to read widely.

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.

Simple as that.” – Stephen King

HP Lovecraft says “A page of Addison or of Irving will teach more of style than a whole manual of rules, whilst a story of Poe’s will impress upon the mind a more vivid notion of powerful and correct description and narration than will ten dry chapters of a bulky textbook.”

I rest my case.

Reading a wide variety of genres opens styles and sentence structures up in the writers mind. Not only does it serve to inspire the creative spark, but develops the writers palate for all the writing tricks authors utilise over the ages.

But you see, my ego won’t entertain the thought of me reading. Far from thinking it will stop my individual style or that I will be too influenced by a certain style or writer, my once loved books are simply pages of blurred muddles. Apparently I need glasses to read. Ridiculous! Old people have glasses. All I need is longer arms or a selfie stick that will hold my books and extend it to a spot I can see the words. However, the call of new authors works and my increased need to begin writing again, will force me to lock my ego away, don some reading glasses and accept that they will perch on my nose at a ridiculous angle. Sigh.

Ego is such an ugly word.

This post first appeared over at Todays Author.

June 20, 2015

Twisted Tales – Flash Fiction Anthology 2015 – the Shortlist

Filed under: Writing Tools — Annie Evett @ 10:26 am

Judging is well and truly in full swing over at Raging Aardvark Publishing. With 8 international judges, its a lively discussion on every story submitted.

We have 27 wonderful Flash Fiction stories which have made the second cut in the selection process. With a huge response and such high quality entries, its made paring entries down from the longlist very difficult. Congratulations to all those who are listed below.

Our line up of stories to be published in the anthology  (expected to be between 12 and 15 stories)  will be announced on the 27th of July.


The New Thieves – Thaisa Frank

Debut – Therese Edmonds

Friday Roses – Cath Bore

Goodbye Cruel World – Warren Glover

Elevation – Vesna McMaster

Crank Call – Phil Rossi

Liberty – Gareth Cadogan

A Good Boy Killer – Gareth Cadogan

The Bunk Bed Incident – Allan Heller

Vixen – Simon Sylvester

Silhouette – Allan Heller

Bianca – Gwen Hart

Hard Time –  Nick Johns

The Ransom – Hank Johnson

Message Understood – Susan Howe

The Cabin – Miranda Boers

Empty Seat – G.M. Reinfeldt

Dave – Keith Gillison

Counting to Paradise – Tina Pisco

What’s a mother to do? – Tina Pisco

Forty Winks and a Nod – H. W. Moss

Over The top – Guy Bolton

Trafalgar Square Moment. – Andrew Baguley

A Story with a Twist – JJ Toner

Sugar Sweet – Barbara Stevenson

Crash – Keith Gillison

The Ritual – Phillip Temples

In the meantime, People’s Choice is a fun (voluntary) competition run parallel to Twisted Tales in conjunction with etherBooks  and is open to all entrants who submitted a flash fiction with Twisted Tales this year.  It runs for a fortnight from the 27th of June till the 11th of July. Pop over to ethers website to download the app for your smartphone and start voting!  The winner of People’s Choice is honoured as being the first story printed within the anthology.

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