Gone Fishing….

Gone Fishing….

…for inspiration, for information, but not, it must be said, for fish. Back in a couple of watery weeks…
Taking the Fifth Amendment

Taking the Fifth Amendment

If somebody asks you what you are writing about, don’t answer.  It’s a question I go into contortions to avoid.  Change the subject, take the fifth, do what ever is necessary in order to keep schtum.  Even close the door in your questioner’s...

Hearing your Voice

It’s an uncomfortable feeling, listening to your own voice.  It brings with it the terrible realisation that this is how the world hears you — high-pitched and breathy, or glottal-stopped – whatever it is, it is certainly different from the...
It’s No Good Waiting for Inspiration

It’s No Good Waiting for Inspiration

You can put the idea for a novel or a short story down to inspiration, but the writing of it is much more like hard graft — that old saw about writing being 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration is uncomfortably true.  Once you have an idea bubbling away inside...
It’s a Bit of a Cliche but…

It’s a Bit of a Cliche but…

I hate cliches.  Puffy white clouds? Bleugh! Clouds are always puffy.  How about swollen, for a change?At the very best, using cliches comes over as laziness, although the worst-case scenario indicates a complete lack of imagination and no self-respecting writer would...

Growth Spurt

In my last but one post I was talking about how inconsistency in your characterisation can be a sign of both good and bad writing — consciously done it can add verisimilitude, unconsciously done it ends up looking like carelessness.  Since I wrote that,...
Setting the Scene

Setting the Scene

It’s a lovely hot day for a walk or a bicycle ride, so how’s this for a creative writing task? Describe a journey you do frequently, as if you were writing a travel article.  Not only will this give you a chance to hone your journalistic style, it will...

U Turns and other Inconsistencies

There’s a world of difference between a beautifully-crafted character behaving inconsistently and the inconsistency that comes when a character is thrown together without much attention to detail, creating the impression that they are rather less than the sum of...
Irony

Irony

Irony is such a delicious tool for a writer — it rebukes, it calls to account, it amuses; it is subtle and salty.  Just to be clear what we are talking about here, irony might be described as the conveyance of meaning, generally satirical, by words whose literal...