February 2013 archive

Feb 28

Words Nothing to be afraid of!

Words Nothing to be afraid of! Reading improves your vocabulary because you see how words are used and often work out meanings instantly, even if the word is entirely new to you, through context. You may need to think a moment and mentally link a word to what you know about the origins of words, …

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Feb 25

Dogs Must Be Carried

I cut out headlines from local and national newspapers and gave them to my Creative Writing Group members. They were invited to pick one and write a humorous/spoof piece based of the headline they had chosen. This is Helen´s first draft response, as written in the session: Dogs Must Be Carried. Dear Sir, I recently …

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Feb 23

Getting A Character ‘In’.

Getting A Character ‘In’. In his book ‘How Fiction Works’ James Wood says: There is nothing harder than the creation of a fictional character. I can tell it from the number of apprentice novels I read that begin with descriptions of photographs……. He means that when some writers describe a character they do it as …

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Feb 21

Madge

Madge   The exercises we do are designed to get us writing regularly; give us practise, ideas for story-lines or appropriate styles, confidence and the opportunity to share with others in a supportive atmosphere. In one session we looked at telling the story through the characters, cutting the explanation and description back. The idea was …

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Feb 12

Dialogue In Time and Place.

  (You will need copies of the two poems mentioned; you can find them easily on the internet, and the Shakespeare dialogue, in the original and the transposed version The latter cut up into individual lines.) Keeping the dialogue in character is very important to ensure the reader finds it convincing. For a light hearted …

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Feb 12

Vocabulary and Opening Paragraphs

  Session 6 To make your writing more interesting you need to develop a wide vocabulary. For example what does this sentence mean? It was a nice day. Does it mean that the weather was fine? Does it mean that you had an enjoyable day? ‘Nice’ is a very overworked word! Improving your vocabulary will …

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Feb 12

Practice

‘I have to start to write to have ideas,’ Francoise Sagan We have already talked about keeping a notebook, a practice that many writers recommend. As well as noting down things that you observe and stray ideas you can use your notebook in a variety of ways. If you can get into the habit of …

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Feb 12

Senses 2

  Session 5 We have used and discussed noting down things that we see, and maybe also things that we overhear, and we have used touch to explore an item and tried to engage as many senses as possible in gathering information. (Senses 1.) Discussions about which sense you would choose, if you had to …

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Feb 12

Senses 1

Senses 1 Session 4 You are going to go straight into a short writing task in this session. Place three objects on a table where everyone can see them. They can be anything at all, a wine glass, milk jug, a small ornament, a pair of binoculars; it is not important. Give them three or …

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Feb 12

Sources

  Session 3 ‘Write about what you know.’ At one level this is strange advice as it is impossible to write down something that you do not ‘know’ at some level. It is usually taken to mean that your writing should be more convincing if you are writing about things, places, settings that are familiar. …

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