Tag: Story telling

Apr 15

Book Review: Mother of the Believers

Book Review: Mother of the Believers by Kamran Pasha Mother of the Believers is a gripping book and remarkable in that it is a novelisation of the life of the favourite wife of the Prophet Muhammad, by a Muslim author. As such some might see it as controversial, especially as it faithfully presents the main …

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Apr 13

Bite Size Histories of Lanzarote Chapter 1

‘Bite Size’ Histories of Lanzarote Chapter One ‘That which wasn’t lost was found!’   The first in a series of short, factual but quirky, bite size histories of Lanzarote. The island of Lanzarote gets its name from, and was discovered by, Lancelotto Malocello, a Genoese explorer, of the 14th century, or at least he gets …

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Apr 08

Book Review: Smile of the Viper by Harry Dunn

Book Review: Smile of the Viper by Harry Dunn The Smile of the Viper is a thumping good read. It is a well paced thriller with credible and well drawn characters, an excellent plot and plenty of drama and atmosphere. The focus is always on the action with clever economy of description, enough to evoke …

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Oct 28

From Writer to Author in Easy Steps Part 2

From Writer to Author in Easy Steps Part 2 You can read part one by clicking the link at the end of this post     Writing Your Début Novel; ‘From Writer to Author in Easy Steps Part 2’, by successful detective fiction writer, Bill Rogers, continues the series that promises ‘….to take folks from …

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Oct 25

Colourful Writing

Colourful Writing   Session 33 Write a short description/opening, between 100 and 200 words each, for three of the following. Try to make them colourful in that they reveal something about the characters and their moods or dispositions. 1.A grave is being dug, by a single digger, who is alone. It is raining. 2.A lady …

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Oct 17

Developing Plot in Fiction

Developing Plot in Fiction   Session 34 ‘Atmosphere, scenery, setting, background, also sub-plots and secondary characters; In a book these are layers of meaning, some clearly set out, some more subtle, requiring the reader to make connections and deductions for themselves. Some are deliberately misleading to keep the reader guessing…. Some readers say plain description …

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Oct 07

Adding Colour in Story Telling

Adding Colour in Story telling   Particularly in short stories you cannot afford to waste words on too much detailed description and in any piece it can be more interesting if you just set the scene, not with direct description, but as the area where the action takes place. From beneath the car port, which …

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Sep 30

Writing Detective Stories

Writing Detective Stories     So you want to write a detective story!   Session31 1)What are the properties of good detective stories? Ask members to list 5 as a brainstorming exercise. Share and discuss ideas, including:   a) A strong central character/team/duo ( Holmes and Watson, Morse and Lewis). List ‘individual’ investigators eg Miss …

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Aug 17

In Your Own Words

In Your Own Words (For a group you will need the correct number of copies of the speeches which are reproduced below * to*) Take one of the Shakespeare speeches, Polonius’ speech to his son Laertes as he is about to leave to live in Paris, from ‘Hamlet’. or ‘All the world’s a stage…’ a …

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May 24

Where To Start

Where To Start?   ‘Start at the beginning and go on to the end….’ says the King, in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, but the skills for Kingship are not necessarily the same as those needed by writers, so this might not be the best advice. It is not always best to start at the beginning …

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