The eyes have it when it comes to conveying complex mental states

Our facial expressions give away more of what we’re thinking than we thought. New research shows that people’s eyes, in particular, are a dead giveaway. The function behind a facial expression usually mirrors the person’s emotional state. So if someone is narrowing their eyes as if they are scrutinising something they are likely to be…… Continue reading The eyes have it when it comes to conveying complex mental states

Writing On The Right Side Of The Brain

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

Writing prompt – Fantasy

An old cloak You find an old cloak in your grandma’s wardrobe (or closet) that appears to be made out of shadows. It is moving in a gentle unseen breeze.

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 art of painting speech

When I write something my aim is to put forward an idea, thought, or concept, or to tell a story. How do I do it? I make funny little abstract marks on a page. It’s a bit like painting. What are those abstract marks? You’re looking at them right now. They’re called letters and with…… Continue reading The art of painting speech

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?