October 31st, 2014
First, thanks to Kelly for last Friday’s post. She provided five really valuable points to consider when you sit down to write a story. They seem so obvious, but you’d be surprised how many stories we receive for competitions and assignments that have failed to take one, or more, of these elements into account.
When I was a child we learned lots and lots of poems by heart at school (I’m giving my age away now, aren’t I?) and I can still remember many of them: Blake’s The Tiger, From a Railway Carriage by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll, Ode to Autumn by Keats … the list goes on and on. I enjoyed them then and I still enjoy them now. Read the rest of this entry »
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October 29th, 2014
As a parent, one thing I really like about having kids is the way they introduce us to new stuff: Japanese Animé, Minecraft, Steampunk … they’re all great. Recently though, I’ve been having a disagreement with our twelve year old daughter. The only thing she wants to do is sit with her headphones on all day, iPod in hand, trawling through Youtube videos.
“What rubbish are you watching?” I asked her the other day. And she showed me. She wasn’t watching anything. She was reading – Fan fiction. Read the rest of this entry »
October 28th, 2014
How did we ever survive without the internet? Just twenty years ago, it was a new-fangled ‘thing’ for programmers and academics. Folk like us only got to play with it occasionally. And when we did, it was stunningly unimpressive.
Now though, I lose track of the number of times I log on every day. What will the weather be like? Check online. Fancy hearing that old LP from 1987? It’s on Youtube. Want to know who acted with John Wayne in ‘Stagecoach?’ Google it. What a fantastic resource. Read the rest of this entry »
October 24th, 2014
If your plot is what actually happens in your story, then your structure is both its overall shape and the thing that holds it all together. It’s how your story unfolds. It’s also something many writers struggle with. So here are some essential tips, adapted from my new title ‘Building Your Story; a Guide to Structure and Plot’ (Compass Books 2014). Read the rest of this entry »
October 22nd, 2014
Copywriters get a rough deal, don’t you think? Journalists, scriptwriters, novelists … they all get loads of attention. Some even become proper celeb’s. But name me one copywriter whose been on the cover of a glossy mag’ or asked to appear on breakfast TV. I can’t think of any. Read the rest of this entry »