Welcome to Clubhouse Chat page. Those of you who are not a member won’t be aware that the location of the Clubhouse is shrouded in mystery. The only way to visit it is via membership or an invite to the tearoom. Every few days, I’ll be sharing a conversation with all sorts of writers and authors at different levels of their writing careers. Over tea and cakes, or maybe a glass of something stronger, I shall be chatting with my guest about their work in progress, or latest book release.
Cafelit is an online magazine which posts a new story every day. To find out more click here CafeLit books are published by Chapel Town Books to find out more about the publisher click here. Today in the tearoom, I’m chatting to Cafelit writer, Maxine Churchman about her entries in The Best of CafeLit 10.
Maxine, what made you write the story you decided to submit to Cafelit? Was it as seasonal call-out .i.e. Christmas, summer holidays, autumn, Halloween etc or just something you needed to get off your chest?
I was walking along the canal at Hythe in Kent when this amazing chap walked past surrounded by seagulls. One was perched on his shoulder. I took a picture because I felt there was a story to be told and I felt Cafelit might be a great place to submit it.
Did you use a writing prompt for your story?
In a way, the experience was the prompt.
Did you write an outline first, or follow where the characters led you?
When I started writing I had no idea how the story would end. I just started with the description of the man and what he and the birds were doing. As the story progressed, I decided on an ending and had to change the setting to the beach.
How do you create your characters? Do you start with a name first?
Sometimes, but not in this case. I didn’t give him a name because the story is written from the point of view of someone watching him. There was no interaction between the protagonist and the narrator.
Was your story told in your normal genre or did you try something different?
I don’t think I have a normal genre although I am drawn to the creepy and fantastical. This was different to anything I had written before as it was somewhat whimsical.
What do you enjoy most about being part of the Cafelit community?
Everyone is supportive and friendly and I love reading the short stories on the website. They are so diverse and often inspire me to write something myself.
How long have you been writing and what got you started?
I’ve only been writing for a couple of years. I have been an avid reader all my life but only recently starting wishing I could write something myself. I would love to write a novel, but I found putting ideas into words really difficult so kept putting it off. Then I met Paula on a local facebook page and joined her writing group. Writing short stories was a good way for me to begin and the feedback and encouragement from the group was invaluable. I am really missing the sessions and hope we can start meeting again soon.
What’s the one thing you would give up to become a better writer?
I have been thinking about this question for a while and really can’t think of an answer other than my business. I need peace and quiet and plenty of time to really concentrate on improving my writing but I also need the stimulus of travel and meeting people. I am hoping to have all that when I retire in a year or two.
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