December 2017 archive

Dec 27

Get on with the story!

Get on with the story!   This exercise requires flexibility and mental agility. You will need to get on with the story and not dwell on descriptive passages, unnecessary detail or character descriptions. It might be a good idea to play a couple of rounds of a Tabletop Game such as Word Bluff or lateral …

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Dec 21

The Tangled Lock by Bill Rogers

The Tangled Lock by Bill Rogers In the third novel in the National Crime Agency series, Senior Investigator Joanne Stuart is leading the hunt for a serial killer with a hair fetish. Not only does the perpetrator take a lock of the victim’s hair as a trophy, but he leaves a tangled lock of someone …

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Dec 17

Smoke and Mirrors by Oliver Tidy

Smoke and Mirrors by Oliver Tidy   Acer Sansom has personal reasons for agreeing to go undercover into Iran. His mission is to find evidence that missing British scientists are working under duress in Iran’s nuclear programme. But the mission becomes more complicated and even more dangerous! Smoke and Mirrors is the third Acer Sansom …

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Dec 14

Mr Men characters in a story

Mr Men characters in a story     Mr Men and Mrs Women! Ask members to read ‘Getting the Character In? http://writersend.com/2013/02/23/getting-a-character-in/ before the class. Briefly discuss getting a character in and give more examples: Ian McEwan: Enduring Love ‘—-the girl was being helped through the menu by her father who, like me these days, …

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Dec 11

Characters first?

Characters First? Title first? Action first? Characters first? There is no ‘one way’ but some ways of approaching a story work better than others for different people. You may have ‘favourite’ books that you recall loving while you were reading them but about which you remember clearly very little but the title. Was it because …

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Dec 08

The Falcon Tattoo by Bill Rogers

 The Falcon Tattoo by Bill Rogers In this, the second book in the National Crime Agency Series, by Bill Rogers Senior Investigator Joanne Stuart is in a race against time to apprehend a vicious attacker. The time between abductions is shortening as Jo and her team try to find the perpetrator whose identifying mark is …

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Dec 04

Focus on one character

Focus on one character Task 1   In the first exercise ask each member to think of a character. To do this quickly it might help to think of a real person, who is unknown to the group. In a maximum of five lines describe your character. Focus on attitudes, circumstances and personality rather than …

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Dec 01

Moving swiftly along!

Moving swiftly along! Writing Group Session 01 December 2017 Today we needed to be alert and sharp for a exercise that required some flexibility and mental agility. I thought it might be a good idea to play a round or two of a word game, just to get the grey cells going first? Hmm, not sure …

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