What’s going on here?
What’s going on here?
Write about this old man’s past.
Where does he live? What has he done in his life?
Is there really silence in a scene you’re writing?
We’ll often write that there was a silence, often between two characters or when someone is listening out for something, but is there really silence? Are we outside or indoors? Is there a clock in the room? Any passing traffic? You should consider these things in order to keep your reader in a scene. Continue reading
Real people (you and I) form their characters and behaviour over time, but writers are creating ready-formed lives and there is a lot to think about and invent to make your character — and your story — believable in the reader’s eyes.
Let’s take a look at some examples of what I mean. Continue reading
When you watch other people you don’t always need to be told what their relationship is with each other or what that relationship is like — you can see it in their body language, their eyes, and hear it in the way they speak to each other.
Using descriptions of body language in your story shows your reader what is going on between two characters rather than telling them. It helps to create an emotional response in your reader, which reflects the emotional responses your characters are experiencing. Continue reading
What is meant by Active or Passive voice?
Active voice is clear and direct. It stamps out what is happening in a dynamic way. It tells you who or what is doing the action (subject) and who or what they are doing it to (object).
Passive voice can be clear as to what is happening to the subject but usually sounds weaker as a statement. It loses the strength you want to give to your words (and strength in your words is important when you are writing for others).
Let’s take a few examples to show you what I mean. Continue reading
A Samurai Warrior works as a waiter in a Mexican restaurant in a small town in Essex. Why is he there in such an unlikely place and in such an unlikely job?
From whose point of view are you going to write the story?
Fancy you can do it in 500 words? Go on, give it a go.
Feel a poem coming on? Or a song?
Want to try writing it in dialogue only?
No rules. How you write and what you write is entirely up to you.
The important thing … is to WRITE.