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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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Nov 30

Grab the readers’ attention!

Grab the readers’ attention. Attention grabber? Following the previous week’s session, ‘Titles First’ in which some of the discussion focused on what they can or should reveal about the story and how they can intrigue, this week’s session title was ‘Action First’. We started with openings, of not more than three sentences and we had …

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Nov 29

Action first

Action First Homework:  Ask members to read the link before class http://writersend.com/2013/05/24/where-to-start/   AND do No 1: Write an opening in not more than 3 sentence which will catch the readers curiosity and interest immediately, set in a shop or a cemetery. Sometimes you just know from the first sentence that a book is going …

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Nov 26

Titles First

Titles First Homework: Before class ask everyone to read ‘Titles’ and to jot down a word or phrase that they think would make a good title for a story.   Sometime a word or phrase just shouts out that it would make a good title for a story or a novel. Equally sometimes even after …

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Nov 25

The Pick, The Spade and the Crow By Bill Rogers

The Pick, The Spade and the Crow By Bill Rogers After ten excellent police procedural novels featuring Tom Caton, as his main character, author Bill Rogers now takes us, along with one of Tom’s old team, into the National Crime Agency. Senior Investigator, Jo Stuart begins an investigation into the death of a man, whose …

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Nov 20

Law of Unintended Consequences Part 2

Law of Unintended Consequences Part 2 Following the previous session The Law of Unintended Consequences, the  members have a choice. If they started a story that they have engaged with and would like to continue it in class they can do so. If anyone is present who missed the previous session they can do the …

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Nov 15

Waiting for Callback

Waiting for Callback By Perdita and Honor Cargill Elektra wants to be an actor, even if that means dressing up as a spider, pretending to be a carrot for an audition! When Elektra goes to auditions mum goes too, and as Elektra moves from her local acting class into the hands of a ‘legitimate’ agent …

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