Tag: useful sources

Oct 16

Looking Back for Inspiration to Write

Looking Back for Inspiration to Write   When looking for ideas there are an infinite number of places to look, including, looking back into the past for inspiration, for example: Wills and Last Requests Some wills are unpredictable and can cause chaos, disruption, family feuds, legal wrangles or sometimes just hilarity and are a huge …

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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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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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Feb 28

Author, Author!

Author, Author!     Author, Author! is the traditional cry at the end of a brilliant performance.   If we may call the talk given by author Harry Dunn, to our writing group, ‘a performance’ then we should send up the cry. The group met in the Clock House Tavern on Friday 26 February 2016 …

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Sep 30

General Knowledge for Writers

General Knowledge for Writers   It is much easier to find information now than ever before because of the internet and speedy answers from search engines, on-line encyclopaedias…. It is tempting to think that perhaps we do not need reference books any more but there is something sensual about large format books, with shiny paper …

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Sep 22


Poetry   The Kite by Patricia Payne. We flew his kite, my grandson and I. With the wind beneath it skimmed the sky. First to the left and then to the right It was such a colourful sight. Orange, green, purple and red, On the way down it just missed his head. Up again, swirling …

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Mar 30

Story Cubes – Rory’s Story Cubes.

Story Dice

Story Cubes Session 12 I found these on Amazon, quite reasonably priced and a great resource for all ages. The symbols can be interpreted in any way and this makes them totally flexible, fun but capable of sparking ideas for a really good story. The are called Rory’s Story Cubes. I bought them from Amazon …

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Mar 22


Reflection Session 11 You need to ask the group members, at the end of the previous session, to bring a small mirror to class. Make sure you have a few small, cheap mirrors in case some forget. Ask the members to look in a mirror and to remain quiet and still, looking in the mirror …

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Mar 12

Visual Stimuli: Pictures

Visual Stimuli: Pictures Session 10 A cheap and simple, but effective resource is a good selection of pictures cut from magazines, comics, newspapers etc. (It is useful, if you have the time, to mount them on card as you will be able to reuse them in different ways and they will stand up to more …

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Feb 12

Senses 1

Senses 1 Session 4 You are going to go straight into a short writing task in this session. Place three objects on a table where everyone can see them. They can be anything at all, a wine glass, milk jug, a small ornament, a pair of binoculars; it is not important. Give them three or …

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