Tag: Starting Points

Feb 23

Start with limericks

Start with limericks Poetry is fun and a good way to start having fun with poetry is to start with limericks. The first thing you need to know is the rhythm and structure of the limerick. There are five lines in all. Lines 1, 2 and 5 must rhyme and have the same number of …

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Jan 14

The story in the song?

The story in the song? Our exercise this week was called ‘Write another story’. We started with a song title. Each member was asked to choose a song title at random; it could be one they liked or had an affinity with or just the first one that came into their head. They were then …

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Dec 11

Characters first?

Characters First? Title first? Action first? Characters first? There is no ‘one way’ but some ways of approaching a story work better than others for different people. You may have ‘favourite’ books that you recall loving while you were reading them but about which you remember clearly very little but the title. Was it because …

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Nov 30

Grab the readers’ attention!

Grab the readers’ attention. Attention grabber? Following the previous week’s session, ‘Titles First’ in which some of the discussion focused on what they can or should reveal about the story and how they can intrigue, this week’s session title was ‘Action First’. We started with openings, of not more than three sentences and we had …

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Nov 26

Titles First

Titles First Homework: Before class ask everyone to read ‘Titles’ and to jot down a word or phrase that they think would make a good title for a story.   Sometime a word or phrase just shouts out that it would make a good title for a story or a novel. Equally sometimes even after …

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Nov 20

Law of Unintended Consequences Part 2

Law of Unintended Consequences Part 2 Following the previous session The Law of Unintended Consequences, the  members have a choice. If they started a story that they have engaged with and would like to continue it in class they can do so. If anyone is present who missed the previous session they can do the …

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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 30

Though his words were slurred their meaning was clear.

Though his words were slurred their meaning was clear. Sometimes all you need to lift your writing and make it more interesting is a really good sentence, or even just a turn of phrase. Cut up and hand out : Look at the sentence below. What is your first impression of the character who says …

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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 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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