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
Commas give meaning to sentences Commas are important to inject the correct meaning into a sentence, particularly long sentences. They also have an important role to play in short sentences, and if you don’t get it right there could be awful consequences. Let’s do a quick exercise to show how dangerous it can be if…… Continue reading Who’s eating Grandma? The importance of correct punctuation
Making yourself understood Language is what we rely on to understand something we are being told. We expect to know what it means. The only way we can do that is if the giver of the information delivers it clearly. Your choice of words, the sequence you put them in and the structure of your sentences…… Continue reading Surprise yourself with simple language
From the Oxford comma to an omission comma, the little curly punctuation mark is a small, simple thing that can cause so much confusion amongst writers. We probably all think we have an idea when it should be used and yet still puzzle over it at times. Many people will tell you a comma is used…… Continue reading Punctuation: The Comma and Its Uses
The English language is a minefield where spelling and pronunciation are concerned. It’s no wonder it’s one of the most difficult languages to learn. We have words that are spelt the same or pronounced the same but have different meanings (homonym) and words that are spelt differently but pronounced the same and have different meanings…… Continue reading Homophone to Homonym : Dessert, Desert, Desert
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? 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.
I wanted to follow up from my post about a website called: Dear Photograph. The photographs on the website conjure up some brilliant imagery of layering story. The concept behind it is simple: take an old photograph of people you know and hold it up against the original backdrop where it was taken and photograph it so that…… Continue reading Descriptive Writing – Layering your imagery