Expose yourself – take risks in your writing

I read this post – Quotes on Writing – on Melissa Donovan’s blog, Writing Forward, just after I posted my last article. Quotes on Writing is about expressing yourself freely and openly. To quote part of Melissa’s article, “It means exposing yourself, taking risks, and being vulnerable.” To write about feelings we need to dig deep to remember…… Continue reading Expose yourself – take risks in your writing

The stuff of nightmares – How brave are you?

Contains disturbing imagery. I’m not used to nightmares and I can’t remember the last time I had one that disturbed me so much I could not get back to sleep on waking. But I had one last night! The imagery and the feeling were so disturbing I found it impossible to close my eyes without…… Continue reading The stuff of nightmares – How brave are you?

How do you Check your Spelling?

Do you rely on spellcheck to pick up your spelling mistakes? If you write regularly you should have realised by now this is not a good idea. Any amount of writing on a PC will show you time and time again that spellcheck is flawed if you want to make the decisions about the choice of…… Continue reading How do you Check your Spelling?

The revealing thing about stories

A story is not meant to be understood all at once, that’s what makes a good story so delicious … the slow, tantalising reveal. It’s what we crave as readers. We start by being plonked into the middle of someone’s life – usually in a crisis situation – and spend the rest of the story…… Continue reading The revealing thing about stories

Writing and Plotting a Short Story on the hoof

A regular exercise in my Creative Writing class is a story swap. Between us we decide on a subject idea and write a short story of about 1500 words and then bring our story to class for feedback from our peers. The subject can be used as loosely as we choose and we often do…… Continue reading Writing and Plotting a Short Story on the hoof

What does one person know that another doesn’t? Creating conflict and intrigue in your story

They say the camera never lies, but it never tells the whole truth either. You think you can see what’s real but there are all sorts of things you can’t see just beyond the frame of the photograph and beyond the moment when the photograph is taken. That happy smiling person you can see may…… Continue reading What does one person know that another doesn’t? Creating conflict and intrigue in your story

Exercising your writing muscles during self-isolation

The extra hours at home most of us have at the moment might be making you feel like exercising those slackening writing muscles, but you just don’t know what to write. If you’re lucky and have a potential bestseller you’re in the middle of you won’t have any trouble writing (I hope). But what if…… Continue reading Exercising your writing muscles during self-isolation

Being SMART about tackling your writing goals

We live in strange times and many of us have had to isolate ourselves from the virulent Coronavirus. This has given us all a lot of time to thing about other things we could be doing. More hours available can make that writing space either look very attractive indeed, or look daunting because you’ve got…… Continue reading Being SMART about tackling your writing goals