Let’s Go Long in November

Beer books on a shelf.

On Saturday 30 November, we’re going to post something longer than usual.

When we did this back in Sep­tem­ber, quite a few peo­ple were kind enough to keep us com­pa­ny, and it would be excel­lent if any­one felt like doing the same this time round.

When we say ‘longer than usu­al’, we mean 1,500 words min­i­mum, but we’re aim­ing for 2,000+ this time.

As before, pro-writ­ers might want to con­sid­er using this as an oppor­tu­ni­ty to give an air­ing to some­thing from their back cat­a­logue, or pub­lish a piece that’s nev­er found a home.

Our fel­low blog­gers might want to give their writ­ing mus­cles a work­out, per­haps by con­duct­ing research or inter­views, and telling a big­ger sto­ry than they would usu­al­ly attempt. (That’s how we’re approach­ing it.)

Or, screw that – just have some fun with a stream of con­scious­ness, per­son­al mem­oir, a list – what­ev­er.

Last time, we avoid­ed sug­gest­ing a Twit­ter hash­tag because, ugh, hash­tags, but sev­er­al inno­cent bystanders did sug­gest they’d have wel­comed an easy way to find people’s con­tri­bu­tions. With that in mind, how do peo­ple feel about #beery­lon­greads?

Now, with astounding arrogance, we present some tips and ideas…

  1. If you pick a big sub­ject, you’ll sail to 1,500 words.
  2. Alter­na­tive­ly, pick a small sub­ject, but go into ludi­crous detail –  per­haps tell the sto­ry of a sin­gle grain of malt.
  3. Or go high con­cept: present a review of a sin­gle beer as a round table dis­cus­sion between ten his­tor­i­cal fig­ures.
  4. Go to the library and skim a few books or old news­pa­pers. You’re bound to find a sto­ry worth telling.
  5. Michael ‘Beer Hunter’Jackson’s first writ­ing gig was a col­umn called This is Your Pub in a local paper in York­shire – why not paint a por­trait of your local pub, its his­to­ry, reg­u­lars, and the pub­li­cans?
  6. Strug­gling to make 1,500 words? Drop in one or two 100-word quotes. This is how Nor­man Davies gets his books up to the req­ui­site fat­ness.

6 thoughts on “Let’s Go Long in November”

  1. I shouldn’t have shown off the first time, should I? I’d assumed it was a one-off. If I’d known it was going to be a reg­u­lar thing, I’d have start­ed off short­er.

    1. So it’s book-length, then? Cripes.

      There are no rules, but clear­ly labelling them part 1 and 2, and link­ing to each part from the oth­er would be good.

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