Category: Advice and Info

Mar 25

Figures Of Speech

Figures Of Speech   Sometimes what we read is not meant to be taken literally, it may need to be interpreted. If something is ‘literal’ then it means what it says, clearly and simply, exactly as written. Figurative language, needs to be interpreted. It is useful to aid description, provoke imagination and create imagery, especially …

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Mar 08

What Do You Think Of It So Far?

What Do You Think Of It So Far? (A brief summary of the first ten sessions) If you have been following the group sessions on this site, as exercises for yourself or with others in a group, there is some value in stopping now and then, to review what has been covered. You may choose …

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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 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 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

The Power of Words

The Power of Words A good vocabulary is an important tool for any writer. It does not matter whether you are a novelist, a journalist, a prolific letter writer, a poet or a blogger….. you need words. Most people have a much larger vocabulary than they realise, apparently we all know about 40,000 words. But, …

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