Tag Archive: Revising

Mar 17

Group Session: What Drives the story?

Group Session: What Drives the story? Ask members to read the post ‘What Drives the Story’ on the blog before the session and also to bring along their recent work. In the last few sessions we have looked at ‘What’s in a story?’ from the point of view of genres and what they each need …

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Sep 05

Using what we learn in the Writing Group

Using what we learn in the Writing Group   We want to feel that we are using what we learn in the Writing Group, not just practising the skills we pick out in the session but bringing into play those that we have focused on in previous weeks. Homework: It would be useful to ask …

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May 22

Writing Session: Avoid Repetition of Words and Improve your Writing

Writing Session: Avoid Repetition of Words and Improve your Writing   Group Session. A simple check, when editing, will ensure that you avoid repetition of words, and improve your writing. Using the same word, several times close together in a text is irritating on the eye, and suggests a lack of appropriate vocabulary. Even in …

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Apr 24

Avoid Repetition of Words and Improve Your Writing

Avoid Repetition of Words and Improve your Writing   A simple check, when editing, will ensure that you avoid repetition of words, and improve your writing. Using the same word, several times close together in a text is irritating on the eye, and suggests a lack of appropriate vocabulary. Even in published novels you can …

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Mar 02

Using Old Stories to Create New

Using Old Stories to Create New    PART 1 To focus on POV it can be useful, and fun, to try using old stories to create new. (You need a set of cards with the titles of well known stories and some simple opening lines. There are some suggestions at the end for use in …

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Jan 18

Writing exercises

Writing Exercises   It is always worth doing writing exercises and many successful writers use them to continue honing their skills. Just like physical exercise it tones the relevant parts and leaves you feeling good. If you have not got an idea for your next project; if you are suffering from a temporary writer’s block; …

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Dec 20

Serious Editing and Cutting

Serious Editing and Cutting   Inexperienced writers tend to find it difficult to embark on serious editing and cutting back of their work. Once they have put time and effort into writing something, many writers are loathe to discard what they have produced but it is necessary to become more ruthless if you want to …

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Nov 29

Writing Short Stories

Writing Short Stories   There is only one thing that you can say, with any certainty, about word length, when talking about writing short stories, and that is that there is no consensus on what it should be. Most sources agree that it should be less that 20,000 words but some say less than 7,500 …

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Sep 14

Punctuation (the only way?)

Punctuation (the only way?) Session 30 NB. Ideally you need a copy of ‘Eats Shoots and Leaves’ by Lynne Truss, or examples of passages where a change in punctuation completely changes the meaning, which you may find on the internet. We have discussed punctuation before and looked at examples of how very different the meaning …

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Sep 11

Clichés

Clichés Session 29 Let me be clear, I don’t have the answers, but, I am going to start with a question: What are they? Are clichés useful shorthand, truisms used for emphasis, often tautological and therefore irritating, always irritating? Are they amusing, hackneyed and overworked, witty or a sign of laziness or lack of imagination? …

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