Tag Archive: Observation

Nov 02

What do you think if….?

What do you think if….?   You notice, when a man in a suit bends down, that he is carrying a gun.          What would your first thoughts be? Would your first thoughts and feelings be different in different places….? A woman sits in front of you on an airport bus with …

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Sep 19

Looking for Inspiration for your Writing, Second hand

Looking for Inspiration for your Writing Second hand When you are out and about, have a wander, if you are looking for inspiration for your writing, in the charity shops. Jot down a few interesting items which you are almost sure to find there. Who owned that item? How did they get it? Why do …

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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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Aug 19

What is the Background of your Story?

What is in the background of your story? Before this session the members should read Active and Passive Detail.   You are going to write a short passage, about 250 words, based on one of the following:   A woman walks through a seaside town on her way to meet her daughter whom she has …

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Jul 30

Evoking a Setting for your Story

Evoking a setting for your story   See: Establishing the setting   Evoking, rather than describing in detail, a setting for you story can be aided by reference to a variety of things. (In the past we have practiced using buildings and clothes. See: Creating the setting) This exercise uses the notions of food and …

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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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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 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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Mar 06

Stock Characters

Stock Characters Group Session Members should read the post ‘ Pitching a character’ on the blog before the session, ‘Stock Characters’ and remind them to feel free to click on related tags and links for further advice. Look at the list of expressions often used in descriptions of stock characters, or stereotypes, below and mentally note …

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Jan 25

The Sweet Shop

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The Sweet Shop Ask the members to write down, in a few minutes only, a short list of things that they remember from their childhood. Normally you would expect to get lists that include foods, family activities, toys, what they did before TV! ….. Share and discuss briefly. Give out pictures of old fashioned sweets. …

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