How memory can figure in your story

It’s well-known that our senses are strongly linked to memory recall. Whether it is particular tastes, pieces of music or certain sounds, the touch of something familiar, or a smell. For me, there are certain bands or albums that seem to define eras in my life and to bring back strong memories of who I…… Continue reading How memory can figure in your story

They’re There Their

This is one you often see written incorrectly (usually it’s there and their that are confused). All three words sound just the same – a homophone. However, each one has a very distinct meaning. When in doubt consult your dictionary or style book. A good proofreader will pick up mistakes such as these but it’s…… Continue reading They’re There Their

Enhanced hearing – is there really silence?

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…… Continue reading Enhanced hearing – is there really silence?

Active Voice or Passive Voice? What’s the Difference?

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…… Continue reading Active Voice or Passive Voice? What’s the Difference?

The Meanings of Words – Synecdoche

Synecdoche. What a wonderful word! Someone mentioned the film, ‘Synecdoche, New York’ to me the other day. I’d never heard of it. I’d never heard the word synecdoche either so (as it was such a tantalising word) I decided to look it up – of course. That’s what we writers and readers do because we want to extend…… Continue reading The Meanings of Words – Synecdoche