More favourite websites for inspiration

Following on from my previous list here are a few more of my favourite websites that give inspiration to writers. Writer Unboxed a website dedicated to publishing empowering, positive, and provocative ideas about the craft and business of fiction.Literary Hub (LitHub) bills itself as a site readers can rely on for smart, engaged, entertaining writing…… Continue reading More favourite websites for inspiration

1000 Words a day

Stephen King (among others) advises writing up to 1000 words a day. I can see the benefit in this as it exercises your writing muscles and gets you into some sort of routine. It also means that, if you write 500 or 1000 words every day, in a week you will have written 3,500 -…… Continue reading 1000 Words a day

Do you keep your characters safe or do you throw them into the storm?

The title above was adapted from an excerpt in Slightly Foxed; issue 65, from the wonderful Foxed Quarterly, which I have included here: … recommending that we put forward honestly the reasons we have for a belief, Thouless admits that such a method is likely to be unpopular with those ‘who want a feeling of…… Continue reading Do you keep your characters safe or do you throw them into the storm?

Secrets And Story

I was listening to a radio programme on my way home from work one evening. They were discussing code-breaking and the extraordinary achievements of the team working at Bletchley Park during WWII. There were about 10,000 people working there and all were sworn to secrecy, with something like only 6 people in the world who knew…… Continue reading Secrets And Story

The eyes have it when it comes to conveying complex mental states

Our facial expressions give away more of what we’re thinking than we thought. New research shows that people’s eyes, in particular, are a dead giveaway. The function behind a facial expression usually mirrors the person’s emotional state. So if someone is narrowing their eyes as if they are scrutinising something they are likely to be…… Continue reading The eyes have it when it comes to conveying complex mental states

What Has It Got In Its Pocketses?

Gollum famously spoke these words in Lord of the Rings while looking for the One Ring, which Bilbo – and then Frodo – carried with him. The ring gave powers to the wearer and spoke volumes about the person who carried it. It was one of the defining things about the characters and told of their quest as…… Continue reading What Has It Got In Its Pocketses?

Writing On The Right Side Of The Brain

There is a book entitled, ‘The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain’, which teaches you to see in a different way. Where drawing is concerned we often draw what we think we see (left brain) rather than what we can actually see (right brain). For example, one of the exercises asks you to…… Continue reading Writing On The Right Side Of The Brain

How observant are you? Using observation in story writing.

How observant are you? Do you register faint changes in facial expressions? Do you notice the body language as one person passes something to another? Do you recognise the real meaning in people’s tone of voice? These are all elements you can write into your story to make the characters, and what they do, more…… Continue reading How observant are you? Using observation in story writing.