Tag: invention

Feb 23

The Green Alarm Clock

The Green Alarm Clock   A story from Ray, written, from start to finish in a Creative Writing Group Session in which the brief was to bring to life and express the personality of a character that was an anthropomorphised, inanimate object.   I’m a green alarm clock or to be more specific, a green …

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Feb 12

Bringing things to life in story telling

Bringing things to life in story telling Group Session PART 1 This session,’ Bringing things to life in story telling’ might usefully follow the session on writing essays which gave members an opportunity to think about anthropomorphism and metamorphosis. Ask them to write down: A farm animal                 …

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Jan 05

Character Profiles

Character Profiles   You need a list, a questionnaire which you can use to plan your character profiles and get to know your characters. Write yourself a list of facts and character traits that you think are, or might be, relevant and list them, roughly in order of importance. I suggest 30 to 50 questions …

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Oct 28

From Writer to Author in Easy Steps Part 2

From Writer to Author in Easy Steps Part 2 You can read part one by clicking the link at the end of this post     Writing Your Début Novel; ‘From Writer to Author in Easy Steps Part 2’, by successful detective fiction writer, Bill Rogers, continues the series that promises ‘….to take folks from …

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Sep 28

Poetry from a session on ‘Punctuation’

Poetry from a session on ‘Punctuation’ A fun poem from Marc: Comma, comma,  comma, full stop. Exclaim! Question?  Back to the top ^ The ‘Grammar Police’  will be all over me For my messings’ about  with that < apostrophe This, a misplaced comma,  could be actually correct. It’s not like I’m using it  just for …

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Jul 02

Themes in Fiction

Themes in fiction There is at least one successful writer who chooses a theme first and says she spends six months studying and researching before starting to create characters and the storyline. Themes such as infanticide, suicide…… Sometimes, the theme is well explored but the novel itself screams, ‘I have researched this topic and I …

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Apr 24

A Bit More Poetry

A Bit More Poetry Session 17 You will need to get copies of a couple of poems which are easily found on the internet or in The Oxfords Book of Children´s Poems: ‘The Land of Counterpane’ and ‘Escape at Bedtime’, both by Robert Louis Stevenson. Also two real favourites by John Masefield: ‘Sea Fever’ and …

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Feb 12

Vocabulary and Opening Paragraphs

  Session 6 To make your writing more interesting you need to develop a wide vocabulary. For example what does this sentence mean? It was a nice day. Does it mean that the weather was fine? Does it mean that you had an enjoyable day? ‘Nice’ is a very overworked word! Improving your vocabulary will …

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Feb 12

Senses 1

Senses 1 Session 4 You are going to go straight into a short writing task in this session. Place three objects on a table where everyone can see them. They can be anything at all, a wine glass, milk jug, a small ornament, a pair of binoculars; it is not important. Give them three or …

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Feb 12

Sources

  Session 3 ‘Write about what you know.’ At one level this is strange advice as it is impossible to write down something that you do not ‘know’ at some level. It is usually taken to mean that your writing should be more convincing if you are writing about things, places, settings that are familiar. …

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