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Fairy Tales All By My Shelf

Connect with me: Facebook . Twitter . Instagram Visit ABMS.BLOG Join The Writers’ Society Become a Member and Get Access to More (or follow me for free but get less) RedBubble Bookshop.org Find ABMS on Podbean Let's take a brief tour of fairy tale techniques, all of which can help any writer if given the chance: Intuitive logic: fairy tales don't conform to the rules of our world, but it does have rules. They will not be explained by insistence. Furniture will sing and dance. Paths will appear when you need them. Children can outsmart ancient witches. Disarticulated limbs will turn silver and you can sell them to save yourself later. Resist the urge to explain the logic and let your readers just accept what's happening. Remove transitions like "therefore" and "because." Flatness: In fairy tales, characters aren't deep, psychologically anyway. Snow White doesn't have depression or PTSD after getting hunted by her stepmother, Belle doesn't have a psychotic break after the candelabra and clock talks to her, and little red riding hood doesn't have a panic disorder after finding her grandmother had been eaten by a wolf. But they all had reactions. Now, there's nothing wrong with adding psychological depth to fairy tales (in fact, this is beneficial if you're going for a longer piece). But flat characters leave space to exceed limitations surrounding individuality, uniqueness, and self. Happy endings: J.R.R Tolkien once defended happy endings as a vital technique in literature, because joy can be as poignant as grief. Creating poetic joy in your prose is okay. A lot of fairy tales end with dark, terrible lessons, but you can let the sunset on a girl in a white dress smiling at the tide. Happy endings aren't bad. Fairy tales are some of the first stories we read and often the first kind we attempt to write. So now, go find an old fairy tale or myth and look for instances of intuitive logic, flatness, and happy endings in it. Then look at your own new stories and look for examples of explained logic, character depth, and tragedy. Remove efforts to explain logic, tighten character depth, but do not remove the tragedy. Instead, quickly add a unique and strangely blissful image afterward, your own Grimm gesture to emote through your setting.
  1. Fairy Tales
  2. Mind Mapping
  3. An Interview with Carly Heath
  4. Twisting Your Genre
  5. An Interview with Halli Gomez

This player shows the most recent public episodes of the All By My Shelf Podcast.

Never Have I Ever Spoiled My Own Book

Guests are given a series of tropes based on their upcoming or recently published work as well as stereotypical writerly things to do (EXAMPLE: Never have I ever written at a coffee shop, Never have I ever written a smoking gun, etc). If they have done more than half of the scenarios, they have to spoil something from their book.

*Marked scores indicate interviews with spoilers.

AuthorBookDateScore
Michelle Mason (interview)Your Life Has Been Delayed8/30/215/10*
Hayley Krischer (interview)The Falling Girls10/15/216/10*
Soman Chainani (interview)Beasts & Beauty: Dangerous Tales9/18/216/10*
Jessica Vitalis (interview)The Wolf’s Curse9/10/216/10*
Carly Heath (interview)The Reckless Kind2/5/227/10*
Brandie June (interview)Gold Spun6/26/218/10*

Name That Book

Guests are given the tagline or a brief description of a book on the NYT Bestsellers list. They get a bonus point if they can also name the author.

AuthorBookDateScore
Jessica Speer (interview)BFF or NRF8/16/20211

The Book Stops Here

Guests are given a book title and they have to guess how many pages have been published without going over. They must be within 50 pages of the total to get points. If they go over they lose points, if they are way under they are safe.

AuthorBookDateScore
Michelle Mason (interiew)Your Life Has Been Delayed8/30/213/10

In this game, I give the author three rounds of three books. They must choose one to hoard so that others can never see it, one to sacrifice, so they can steal its power and become a better writer, and one to giveaway never to see again (hypothetically, of course).

AuthorBookDateBooks Added to the Giveaway Jar
Halli Gomez (interview)List of Ten1/22/2022The Visitors by Greg Howard, Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty, Jay’s Gay Agenda by Jason June
Lisa Frenkel Riddiough (interview)Elvis and the World As It Stands10/23/2021The Struggle Bus by Julie Koon, 365 Days to Alaska by Cathy Carr, Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro, Glitter Gets Everywhere by Yvette Clark, Normal People by Sally Rooney
Brandie June (interview) Gold Spun 6/26/2021 A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair, Two Kingdoms by Kristy Cunning, Hazel and Gray by Nic Stone

MAD Blurbs

My guests are given a brief blurb about their favorite books, but I have taken out key information and replaced it with [noun], [adjective], [character], and [verb].

MADblurbs

AuthorBookDateScore
Lisa RIddiough (interview)Elvis and The World as it Stands10/22/20216
Halli Gomez (interview)List of Ten1/22/20225
Soman Chainani (interview)Beasts & Beauty: Dangerous Tales9/18/20213
Jessica Speer (interview)BFF or NRF8/16/20213

Spelling Bee

In this game, guests are given 10 commonly misspelled words. They must spell the words correctly and the game ends when they make a mistake.

AuthorBookDateScore
Jessica Vitalis (interview)The Wolf’s Curse9/10/217/10
Lisa Frenkel Riddiough (interview)Elvis and the World as it Stands10/24/215/10
Hayley Krischer (interview)The Falling Girls10/15/213/10
Carly Heath (interview)The Reckless Kind2/5/222/10

Fairy Tales All By My Shelf

  1. Fairy Tales
  2. Mind Mapping
  3. An Interview with Carly Heath
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Published by J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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