Descriptive Writing – Layering your imagery

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

Show, Don’t Tell – Descriptive Writing Using Imagery

Some time ago I stumbled across the website, Dear Photograph. It works on the simple idea of taking an old photograph of people you know and holding it up against the original backdrop where it was taken and photographing it so that past and present blend into one photograph. Along with the images, the photographers…… Continue reading Show, Don’t Tell – Descriptive Writing Using Imagery

The Periodic Table of Storytelling

Here’s something to play with to get your creative juices flowing. Hopefully, it will also help to unblock writer’s block if you feel you are suffering from it. The Periodic Table of story elements is split into Structure, Settings, Plot, Heroes, Character Modifiers (Protagonist/Antagonist), Archetypes, Villains, and more. Clicking on each ‘element’ in the table…… Continue reading The Periodic Table of Storytelling

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