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Sep 12

Finding Inspiration for your Writing Out and About

Finding Inspiration for your Writing Out and About There are all sorts of places to look for inspiration when you are out and about. (But do remember to carry a notebook!)   Airports  and train or bus stations: Look at the people around you. Observe what they are wearing and their facial expressions. Where is …

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Jul 25

Finding Inspiration for your Writing Out and About 1

Finding Inspiration for your Writing Out and About   There are all sorts of places to look for inspiration when you are out and about. (But do remember to carry a notebook!) Airports  and train or bus stations: Look at the people around you. Observe what they are wearing and their facial expressions. Where is …

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Apr 03

Writing about writing groups

Writing about writing groups In the January issue of Writing Magazine one of our regular visitors, Patricia Maw had an article published about the writing group that she belongs to in Brixham in Devon. She is always a welcome addition to the Lanzarote Creative Writing Group when she visits the island, for several weeks once …

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Feb 28

Author, Author!

Author, Author!     Author, Author! is the traditional cry at the end of a brilliant performance.   If we may call the talk given by author Harry Dunn, to our writing group, ‘a performance’ then we should send up the cry. The group met in the Clock House Tavern on Friday 26 February 2016 …

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Feb 12

Writing Ghost Stories

Writing Ghost Stories Why do people write ghost stories? Firstly, to entertain; There is little doubt that from childhood on we actually like being scared, as long as we are safe at home in the real world. They are ‘escapism’ of the spooky kind, designed to provide that vicarious thrill. Secondly writing ghost stories, tales …

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Feb 02

Writing Dialogue Part 2: Punctuating Dialogue

Writing Dialogue Part 2: Punctuating Dialogue One thing that budding writers often ask about is actually setting out dialogue on the page. ‘Writing Dialogue Part 2: Punctuating Dialogue’ gives a short guide to some basic rules.                                       …

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Feb 02

Writing Dialogue Part 1

Writing Dialogue Part 1 When talking about writing dialogue there are two elements to consider: Why and how do we use it? (Part 1) How do we punctuate it correctly? (See Writing Dialogue: Part 2 for few tips about punctuation when writing dialogue.)   In fiction writing there needs to be a balance between dialogue, …

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Jan 29

‘Practice makes Perfect’

‘Practice makes Perfect’ ‘Practice makes Perfect’ they say, but what exactly does that mean? Is doing something over and over again going to improve what you do? Maybe, but what if you are not doing it well? Reinforcing bad habits is not a recipe for improvement. Repetition is definitely part of what we mean by …

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Jan 23

Writing Endings for your Stories

Writing Endings for your Stories Bringing a story to a satisfying and satisfactory ending is an important skill. If you write, as many do, by letting the story unfold, with minimal advance planning and no real idea how it is going to end then it takes discipline to decide on the best type ending. If …

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Jan 12

Active and Passive Detail

Active and passive Detail   When we read the setting of a piece, the description of the background, we do not usually dissect it but take for granted the artifice that goes into bringing the scene to life. The eye of the narrator is not ‘a camera’, just capturing in description a static image of …

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