It recently dawned on me (at 43) that one way or another, I've been writing most of my life and may as well become better at it.

I've been getting to grips with short storytelling over the past year. Most of my tales have benefited from the critiques of 'Writers Forum' competition judges whose sound advice, I've even implemented here and there. Eventually, I hope to adopt a more literary style of storytelling which would allow for all sorts of clever-clever themes, imagery, similes and suchlike ...

Meanwhile, I'm more interested in the shape of story itself. Or rather its strength: as received through just about any form of entertainment (apart from rugby commentary of course - the dark side of life in Wales).

My favourite authors are George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, George Orwell and Noel Coward. I particularly like their letters and generally admire their work for its lucidity; a quality which I'm striving towards in my short stories. I'm also keen on the style of newspaper columnists who usually seek to be understood and keep me from retreating too far away from the 21st century.

As should Wattpad - although it's easy to spend too much time around here rather than focus on ways of improving one's craft and appreciating the work of ... well, proper authors (9 times out of 10) let's face it!

And yet how enjoyable, it surely is, to overlook the shameless typos of a texted tale which seizes the storytelling moment; than to indulge so many a published author peddling the same sorry dross, year after year.

And so with that plainly jaundiced and none-too-novel rant, I now present to you my own selection of disparate tales (of woe, mainly) laced with humour (here and there) which may prove enriching in some worthy way ... my lovely trickle of readers!

Till next time or other,

Dd


https://m.facebook.com/dandaical.delvings

Artistic Dabblings: www.jmartdab.blogspot.com
  • UK
  • JoinedFebruary 3, 2013



Last Message
dandydilettante dandydilettante Sep 03, 2016 11:29PM
"The writing of books is much harder than painting even the largest picture because narrative is disposed in time rather than space. For an artist to be able to appreciate the difficulties that beset...
View all Conversations

Stories by John M. Gilheany
The Breakfast Club - a retro-retro Zine by dandydilettante
The Breakfast Club - a retro-retro Zine Random
Back in 1998, I self-published a 'zine' at a local printers. It took all sorts of hassle, striving and saving to produce something which would always look a bit crappy. Now that Wattpad has enabled everyone to pre...
'Red, black & gilded Ruin!' by dandydilettante
'Red, black & gilded Ruin!' Poetry
A dubious dabble with Wattpad's new Multimedia facility. Hope it redeems itself in some sort of way!
The Clairvoyant Atheist by dandydilettante
The Clairvoyant Atheist Short Story
Is Mike in the grips of hallucination, or haunted by 'Gerald' ~ an 18th century fop? It's not an easy one to grapple with in the midst of a ruthless hangover but maybe metaphysics can be put to the test along the...
1 Reading List