Tag Archive: Story telling

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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Jun 06

Session on Facts and Truth in Writing

Session on Facts and Truth in Writing Ask members to read Facts and Truth in Stories on blog prior to the session and to come along armed with one or more facts that are generally believed but not actually true (QI’s General Ignorance!) eg. Drinking alcohol while taking antibiotics will stop them working. False alcohol …

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Mar 12

‘Facts’ and Truth in Stories

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‘Facts’ and Truth in Stories In stories which are set in real places and real times it is natural and usual to include some ‘facts’ to give authenticity, or clues if you do not want to be too specific. You might mention actual street names, a famous person associated with a place or historical event …

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Mar 05

Daughters of the Dragon

Daughters of the Dragon By William Andrews Growing up in America, Anna did not think much about being adopted or about her Korean birth mother, until her American mother died. She and her father join a group of other Korean born adoptees, on a journey to meet their birth mothers at the orphanage in Seoul …

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Mar 02

Using Real people in Novels

Using Real people in Novels There are sometimes good reasons for using real people in novels. Some novels are deliberately fictionalised versions of the lives of real people. If the available biographical knowledge is sparse, or has large gaps of time about which very little is known, that seems legitimate as long as the author …

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Oct 08

Inspiration for your Writing Out and About 2

Inspiration for your Writing Out and About 2   There are all sorts of places to look for inspiration when you are out and about. (But do remember to carry a notebook and use it to jot things down!) Just being observant and asking yourself a few questions will provide you with hundreds of ideas …

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Oct 02

All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr

All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr ‘All the light we cannot see’ by Anthony Doerr is beautifully written with wonderful attention to detail. The story may be a little contrived but it is so sensitively written that you cannot help but empathise with each of the to main characters, both victims of …

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Sep 12

Finding Inspiration for your Writing Out and About

Finding Inspiration for your Writing Out and About There are all sorts of places to look for inspiration when you are out and about. (But do remember to carry a notebook!)   Airports  and train or bus stations: Look at the people around you. Observe what they are wearing and their facial expressions. Where is …

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Aug 29

The Widow by Fiona Barton

The Widow by Fiona Barton ‘The Widow‘ in question, in this psychological thriller by Fiona Barton, is Jean Taylor the wife of a man who has been killed by a bus, taking with him to his grave, it seems, the truth about whether he did or did not kidnap and murder two year old Bella …

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Aug 05

The Ice Twins

The Ice Twins     The Ice Twins by S. K.  Tremayne is a gripping novel, a ‘real page turner’ but it is a disturbing read. The story is awful, in the real sense of the word. A middle class family is torn apart when one of their identical twin daughters is killed in a …

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