Monthly Archives: October 2013

Does the Setting come first?

I’m inclined to think it does, because if you have an idea about a pub scene or a murder, you have to decide where it will take place and this gives you a location – streets, walkways, pier, fishing boats, … Continue reading

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Can I write a thousand words and paint a picture?

I write four hundred words per hour, so in two hours I could almost do it. I write in scenes of just over a thousand words. I wonder what sort of picture I’m conveying to my readers. Perhaps I should … Continue reading

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Would this piece of poetry help create a setting?

I believe if a winter scene was giving you problems, this piece of poetry would solve a problem and perhaps herald a brighter new beginning. Spring and All by William Carlos William   Beyond the waste of broad, muddy fields brown … Continue reading

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Would reading poetry produce better writing?

I gave this some thought and decided that poetry had merit. There was the possibility of giving more depth to characters – for example: On William Smellie by Robert Burns. The old cock’d hat, the brown surtout the same; His … Continue reading

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What is Style?

I am convinced that style in writing is your voice. It is how you tell the story. It is your order of words – how you speak. Of course, you change the words in dialogue to suit your character’s speech, … Continue reading

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