I was lucky enough to be teaching with the very lovely Gaynor Davies at Woman’s Weekly last Monday. Here are a list of stories she currently does NOT WANT because a) they have too many already or b) they’d been done to death. So PLEASE DON’T DO THESE. hot off the press.
- Stories about weddings.
- Stories about funerals.
- Stories about women finding themselves by doing a bungee jump (who’d have thunk it!)
- Woman looking after neighbour’s cat/dog/budgie and coincidentally finding the man of her dreams! (Damn!)
- You think it’s a child’s first day at school (told from viewpoint of mum) but it’s actually a man leaving a woman. (that’s one I haven’t even thought of!!!).
- Retired husband getting under wife’s feet.
- Stories about adoption – mother finding child or child finding mother.
- Stories about infidelity – how many actual endings are there? Either she forgives him or she doesn’t.
- Stories in letter format. Or any other story structure that you have sold them a few times. (It was good the first time – but not quite so original on the third outing!).
- Children persuading elderly parents to downsize.
So what else is left? We asked Gaynor this. Here’s what she said. Stories about people, warm stories, quirky stories, believable stories. Stories with ends that do not read like the punchline to a joke. Maybe a bit of something sensual – but still within the Woman’s Weekly boundaries. These can stretch further than you think.
They are always short of 1000 words (900-1000) and 2000 words (1800 to 2000) and also 8000 words for the Fiction Specials. Happy Writing.
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