Tag Archive: writing

Jun 20

Six characters in search of a story

Six characters in search of a story (With apologies to Luigi Pirandello) Give the members a list of six characters briefly described. They must use ‘Character Questionnaires’ to add at least 6 -10 characteristics to the profiles each character (no more than 15-20 minutes). As they build up their knowledge of the characters hopefully a …

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Jun 03

From little acorns, literary oaks!

From little acorns, literary oaks!   What fertile ground I have in my writing group! I just lob in a few carefully thought out suggestions and back come amazing ideas and stories. Today we started with single sentences and phrases to see how much we could tell from one line about a story, genre, character…. …

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Sep 26

Finding Inspiration for your Writing, Charity Shops

Finding Inspiration for your Writing   Read Looking for Inspiration: Second hand     Charity Shops   When you are out and about, try finding inspiration for your writing in the second hand and charity shops. Jot down a few interesting items which you are almost sure to find there. Who owned that item? How …

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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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Apr 03

Writing about writing groups

Writing about writing groups In the January issue of Writing Magazine one of our regular visitors, Patricia Maw had an article published about the writing group that she belongs to in Brixham in Devon. She is always a welcome addition to the Lanzarote Creative Writing Group when she visits the island, for several weeks once …

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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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Feb 02

Writing Dialogue Part 2: Punctuating Dialogue

Writing Dialogue Part 2: Punctuating Dialogue One thing that budding writers often ask about is actually setting out dialogue on the page. ‘Writing Dialogue Part 2: Punctuating Dialogue’ gives a short guide to some basic rules.                                       …

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Jan 29

‘Practice makes Perfect’


‘Practice makes Perfect’ ‘Practice makes Perfect’ they say, but what exactly does that mean? Is doing something over and over again going to improve what you do? Maybe, but what if you are not doing it well? Reinforcing bad habits is not a recipe for improvement. Repetition is definitely part of what we mean by …

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Jan 23

Writing Endings for your Stories

Writing Endings for your Stories Bringing a story to a satisfying and satisfactory ending is an important skill. If you write, as many do, by letting the story unfold, with minimal advance planning and no real idea how it is going to end then it takes discipline to decide on the best type ending. If …

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Nov 15

More about Writing Titles

More about Writing Titles This is a follow on session to http://writersend.com/2015/10/24/writing-good-titles-for-your-stories/ Titles (Add one or more titles, suggested by each member, to the list) Ninety seconds                           Watching Eagles Don’t Look Back                       …

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