On Saturday 30 November, we’re going to post something longer than usual.
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…
- If you pick a big subject, you’ll sail to 1,500 words.
- Alternatively, pick a small subject, but go into ludicrous detail — perhaps tell the story of a single grain of malt.
- Or go high concept: present a review of a single beer as a round table discussion between ten historical figures.
- Go to the library and skim a few books or old newspapers. You’re bound to find a story worth telling.
- 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?
- 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.