Tag: Stereotyping

Dec 14

Mr Men characters in a story

Mr Men characters in a story     Mr Men and Mrs Women! Ask members to read ‘Getting the Character In? http://writersend.com/2013/02/23/getting-a-character-in/ before the class. Briefly discuss getting a character in and give more examples: Ian McEwan: Enduring Love ‘—-the girl was being helped through the menu by her father who, like me these days, …

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Nov 08

Characters and objects

Characters and objects Part 1 Thinking about characters and objects that they own/use . Example 1. A woman who owns and uses: A powder compact A small hat with a veil A neat, expensive handbag Imagine her and think about her appearance, her dress, her personality, what she might do, where she might live…. anything …

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Apr 23

Establishing the setting

Establishing the setting   When thinking about establishing the setting for your story it is helpful to find things that can be used to help to create atmosphere, rather than just provide a physical description of where the action takes place. It is actually not necessary for the reader to imagine the physical scene exactly …

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May 26

Use names that Stand Out in your Stories

Use Names that Stand Out in your Stories It helps to use names that stand out in your stories when choosing what to call your characters. Some names have a certain connotation, whether we like it or not. There are ‘fashions’ in naming babies and sometimes it is because of association with a celebrity or …

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Sep 11


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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Mar 18

Words From Context

Words from context. Many of you will remember the TV Panel game, ‘Call my Bluff’ in which teams competed to work out, or guess, the meanings of obscure words. Three members of a team each read out a definition of the same word, elaborating and embellishing eloquently, especially the two who were telling lies! The …

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Feb 23

Getting A Character ‘In’.

Getting A Character ‘In’. In his book ‘How Fiction Works’ James Wood says: There is nothing harder than the creation of a fictional character. I can tell it from the number of apprentice novels I read that begin with descriptions of photographs……. He means that when some writers describe a character they do it as …

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