Tag: Starting Points

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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Aug 08

Photographs as a starting point for a story

.’ Photographs as a starting point for a story ‘A picture is worth a thousand words?’   Look at a selection of photographs belonging to members. Ask each member to start with two that are not their own and jot down what they can tell, from the photograph: when, where who what why…? Discuss the …

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Jun 20

Six characters in search of a story

Six characters in search of a story (With apologies to Luigi Pirandello) Give the members a list of six characters briefly described. They must use ‘Character Questionnaires’ to add at least 6 -10 characteristics to the profiles each character (no more than 15-20 minutes). As they build up their knowledge of the characters hopefully a …

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