Tag: Story telling

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 29

Action first

Action First Homework:  Ask members to read the link before class http://writersend.com/2013/05/24/where-to-start/   AND do No 1: Write an opening in not more than 3 sentence which will catch the readers curiosity and interest immediately, set in a shop or a cemetery. Sometimes you just know from the first sentence that a book is going …

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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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Sep 30

The Marriage Lie

The Marriage Lie By Kimberly Belle Thought provoking, tantalising and gripping to the end, The Marriage Lie keeps the reader guessing right to the final eye-popping twist. Iris and Will have a perfect marriage and are very much in love. Before he leaves on a trip Will gives Iris an expensive gift, a love token …

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Sep 18

The Absence of Guilt

The Absence of Guilt By Mark Gimenez The Absence of Guilt is the third book that I have read by the author and I look forward to catching up on the rest. Mark Gimenez writes courtroom dramas and has been compared to John Grisham. The Absence of Guilt has a current, very relevant theme and …

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Aug 27

Dominion by C J Sansom

Book Review: Dominion by C J Sansom   Although I am a fan of C J Sansom I did not think that I would particularly enjoy this book when I saw the setting. I tackled it first of all because it was a Book Club read. But I was so wrong. It was a superb …

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Aug 22

Setting the story using people, places and events.

Setting the story using people, places and events. I have read of more than one publisher who says he would bin any submission that began ‘It was the 4th of December 1982, a cold wet day in New York….’ The assumption being, I suppose that if the writer could not think of an opening with …

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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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Jul 16

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks is a superbly written story that begins in France  before the start of The First World war and takes the main character through to 1918. Twenty-year old Stephen Wrayford  was sent to Amiens in 1910 to learn more about the textile industry, and lodged at the home …

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Jun 11

The Girl Before

The Girl Before By JP Delaney Then: Emma and Simon are desperate for a home they can afford but after a burglary and assault on Emma they want to live in a nicer area and need security. The quest to find what they want is doomed to fail it seems, until they pass the rigorous …

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