Writing should never be an obligation. Let it be your passion. If you are passionate about your stories, you can live with them as the months roll by and the seasons turn from autumn into spring and through summer to autumn again. Sometimes it takes years to write a story. Be a long-distance runner. BeContinue reading “Let writing be your passion”
Every Friday morning Gal runs a communal writing session and at the start, she sends all the writers a prompt. This week’s prompt came from the newsletter Lithub and is about Brenda Ueland’s book ‘If you Want to Write,’ published in 1938. ‘What I like is how Brenda encouraged her students to write badly asContinue reading “Gal’s Friday Writing”
Use your obsessions, infatuations, and confusions in your writing. What interests you? Write a list of all the things you believe and those things you don’t. Once you know this, you will know where to look to find your stories.
Sometimes it is just easier to start at the end than at the beginning. Imagine where the hero is at the end and ask, ‘How did she get here?’ Then make a list of all the big moments in the story. Ask ‘What happened just before this?’ and then again, ‘Before this?’ and so onContinue reading “Write From The End”
Dialogue can be a great shortcut when it comes to describing the character. What the character says reveals more than pages of description. She reveals herself through her words; her thoughts, feelings and influence. For instance, when she says “Politicians! They should be cut into pieces and fed to the lions” you know her betterContinue reading “Good dialogue makes great description”
Readers want to be immersed in new worlds. They enjoy the rhythm and vividness of words. Problems and conflicts also grab their attention. The more difficult the problem, the greater the hold the story has over them.
“All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you finish reading one you feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and howContinue reading “Hemingway on what makes a good book”
Last Tuesday, in our workshop, we talked about giving and receiving feedback. As a writing group, we believe that receiving feedback is one of the fundamental skills of being a writer, especially if you want to share your writing in the group. It is through feedback that we learn and improve. For the writer, itContinue reading “How to give and receive feedback”
Mirror neurons are part of our “resonance circuit” and help us help us to empathise. These neurons fire when we see, hear or read something. For instance, we wince when we see someone stump their toe. We experience fear watching a horror movie. We fall in love when we read a romance. When the writerContinue reading “How to trigger the reader’s neurons”
The Ideas Box Instructions Find a box. Fill it with clips of text and photographs clipped from magazines and newspapers. Give your box a shake. Pull out two or more pieces. Lay the pieces out on the table and work out the connections. 6. Start writing.