Tag Archive: creative writing

Aug 22

Setting the story using people, places and events.

Setting the story using people, places and events. I have read of more than one publisher who says he would bin any submission that began ‘It was the 4th of December 1982, a cold wet day in New York….’ The assumption being, I suppose that if the writer could not think of an opening with …

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Jun 03

From little acorns, literary oaks!

From little acorns, literary oaks!   What fertile ground I have in my writing group! I just lob in a few carefully thought out suggestions and back come amazing ideas and stories. Today we started with single sentences and phrases to see how much we could tell from one line about a story, genre, character…. …

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May 27

A short story in the making

A short story in the making   First draft of a story written in a writing group session by Ray and his reflections on where it might go if he worked on it further. Lost and Found   The desk sergeant looked at the station clock for the sixth time since 11pm, it read 3am, just four …

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May 21

Keeping it short

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Keeping it short You are going to write a very short story with, a beginning,  a middle and an end in 500 words. The aim is to write well, keep the language concise and to make it crisp and well paced. (read Economy of Language and also ‘Sometimes writing less is more’) before beginning this session) NB: …

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Apr 05

Workshop facilitated by Norman Warwick

Workshop facilitated by Norman Warwick For Lanzarote Creative Writing Group 10th March 2017 all following created after read-around and discussion of IF YOU WANT TO WRITE A SONG ABOUT THE MOON  by Paul Simon See Group Session: Workshop: A Song About The Moon  TIME TRAVELS an ensemble work by LCWG   Time passes through the …

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Feb 14

The Book and the Film: Jungle Book

THE BOOK AND THE FILM Jungle Book   “Oh, coo ca choo, I wanna be like you-hoo-hoo,” said the film to the book, once Uncle Walt had decided that Mr. Kipling had, indeed, produced an exceedingly good tale. Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book contained related short stories and I first read them by torchlight under the …

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Feb 04

What drives the story?

What drives the story? Aspiring writers are always encouraged to read avidly and widely. Reading for pleasure is a great source of enjoyment. It is also a source of information. Even in quite light fiction it is impossible not to pick up bits of information. If the setting is a real place then you find …

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Jan 26

‘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 19

Photographs: A writing suggestion.

Photographs: A writing suggestion. The task is to write a story featuring a photograph – Maybe someone finds a photograph that puzzles them/seems to contradict something they ‘knew’ about their family, an event or a person….? Maybe they are looking for a photograph to show to someone, to validate something, to check their memory….? Maybe …

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Jan 07

Back to the Writing Group 2017

Back to the Writing Group 2017 A year into 2017 already! Tree down and decorations put away for another year and the house looks really bare! The good news is we still have Christmas cake left to eat up, and everyone knows you cannot start a post Christmas diet till that’s all gone! One of …

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