I’m thrilled to have been chosen to join the editorial board team as Assistant Editor in Fiction for Bare Fiction.
Robert has selected a wonderful team and I can’t wait to get started. I was lucky enough to be published in Bare Fiction a while a go now, and it’s a much loved publication.
If you’re wondering what sort of stories I like? I like unusual stories. Tales with heaps of personality and feeling, and a narrative. I’m dying for a story, not just some happenings on a page. Make it MEAN something. Put your heart into it. And most of all, please don’t take yourself too seriously. And I’m a big fan of Orwell’s guidelines:
- Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
- Never use a long word where a short one will do.
- If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
- Never use the passive where you can use the active.
- Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
- Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.