|About the Book|
FLIGHTS OF THE TARDIS: WHAT THE WORLD OF DR. WHO CAN TEACH YOU ABOUT PLOTTING…EVEN IF YOU’RE A PANTSER!…is a Special Workshop in Book Form where we elbow Dr. Who’s companion aside – be they Rose Tyler, Captain Jack Harkness, Martha Jones, DonnaMoreFLIGHTS OF THE TARDIS: WHAT THE WORLD OF DR. WHO CAN TEACH YOU ABOUT PLOTTING…EVEN IF YOU’RE A PANTSER!…is a Special Workshop in Book Form where we elbow Dr. Who’s companion aside – be they Rose Tyler, Captain Jack Harkness, Martha Jones, Donna Noble, Amy Pond, Rory Williams, River Song, Clara Oswald, or any future companions – and step inside the blue police box. The one that’s much larger on the inside than on the outside.But the spaciousness of the TARDIS’s interior equates to the imagination, for it is large enough to harbor all the twists and turns of plots, the delightful simplicities that surface in storylines, the return of various creatures/aliens/villains, and the ongoing, convoluted story arcs that the writers of the current Doctor Who series appear to delight in sonicing together.It doesn’t matter whether you’ve traveled – visually – with The Doctor or not. It isn’t a requirement that you be a fan of the series to glean some wonderful writing ideas from the show.For a program that began in 1963 and ceased production in 1989 before being relaunched in the 21st century (with a much larger production budget and computer generated special effects), it has certainly carved a place in viewing history. The longevity and rebirth of the series is proof that the storylines have riveted audiences for decades, and that means there is a wealth of ideas to be harvested by fiction writers today.The difference, beyond the technical enhancements, between the original episodes and the 21st century ones is the show’s writers. They all grew up watching Doctor Who. They know the canon inside and out and have added to it in unique ways. They also created some jaw dropping complicated story arcs worth looking at. But not everything is complicated. Some things are simple, some things are repeated themes and tropes.It was while the author was engaging in her own Who-athons (watching one episode after another on Netflix and in her Amazon Video Library) that she began to notice that there was a lot to be plucked from the scripts and adapted to the plotting of a book, whether it be one of adventure and fantastic elements or a much tamer contemporary romance. These are the elements that are considered in this special workshop in book form.Among those elements are: Who The Heck is The Doctor?, The Themes, Big Decisions, Simple Solutions, The Familiar Tweaked, and Making Things Convoluted. Much of the text and suggestions originated in a week long online workshop but have been reworked and added to for FLIGHTS OF THE TARDIS.About the AuthorBeth Daniels began life as a novelist in 1990 with the publication of her first romantic-suspense story, written under the pseudonym Beth Henderson. Since that time she has worked with editors at Harlequin, Berkley, Simon and Schuster’s Aladdin Paperbacks, Kensington/Zebra, and a number of other smaller publishing houses. She’s written fiction under a variety of pseudonyms and ventured into non-fiction in 2009 writing articles and books about the writing process, particularly the fiction writing process. She continues to spin fictional tales as Beth Henderson and J.B. Dane, switching from a background in romance (romantic-comedy, historical romantic adventure, romantic-suspense) to focus on mystery, urban fantasy and Steampunk (as Nied Darnell).