Tag: invention

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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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 05

An object, a picture and a line

An object, a picture and a line Take into class an assortment of small objects, as many and as varied as you can manage eg a matchbox, a postcard, a candle snuffer, a pair of glasses, a lemon squeezer, a paper knife, a bottle opener……. You also need a selection of small pictures which can …

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Oct 28

Writing Group Update 27 October 2017

Writing Group Update 27 October 2017 We had a rather disjointed start to our session today due to the late opening of the bar and the very intrusive and at times quite rude behaviour of the waitress. She was oblivious to our hints and determined to insinuate herself into the group and constantly interrupted rather …

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Oct 27

Mix and match ideas in your writing!

Story Dice As They Landed

Mix and match ideas in your writing! Working with random stimuli: You are going to be asked to take two, apparently unconnected words or concepts and see how imaginatively you can mix and match ideas in your writing by using them to develop a story-line or, if you prefer, a poem or other piece of …

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Oct 16

The Law of Unintended Consequences

The Law of Unintended Consequences We all know that ‘for every action there is a reaction’. Also, we know from experience that sometimes it is possible to do something from good intentions and cause mayhem! ‘The law of unintended consequences!’ Using the idea of ‘What if…? and the mind map format that we used recently …

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Jun 25

The Little Red Chairs

The Little Red Chairs By Edna O’Brien A stranger arrives in a village in Ireland. Charismatic and exotic, he sets himself up as a ‘healer’ and soon ingratiates himself with the villagers. One woman in particular, Fidelma, falls under his charm and her infatuation has devastating consequences. Her anguish and personal humiliation are made many …

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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 02

The Law of Unintended Consequences

The Law of Unintended Consequences   We all know that ‘for every action there is a reaction’. Also, we know from experience that sometimes it is possible to do something from good intentions and cause mayhem or even totally unexpected good, the law of unintended consequences! Using the idea of ‘What if…? and the mind …

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Mar 02

Using Real people in Novels

Using Real people in Novels There are sometimes good reasons for using real people in novels. Some novels are deliberately fictionalised versions of the lives of real people. If the available biographical knowledge is sparse, or has large gaps of time about which very little is known, that seems legitimate as long as the author …

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