Ghost Writing?

I went to visit my father’s grave yesterday. He is buried in a churchyard at the foot of the Cotswold escarpment, in a place that is haunted by memories: of my dad, of my son’s childhood which was spent in the village, of life as it used to be and is no...
An Alphabet of Better Writing – # F

An Alphabet of Better Writing – # F

F is for…First Person Should writing in the first person be your first port of call? All of us experience life in the first person — obviously — so in many ways the logical point from which to tell a story should be just that, the first person, or...
My Viewpoint On Point of View

My Viewpoint On Point of View

I took this picture of my shed from the house, from the outside looking in (note the progress — windows!  walls!)  It’s a particular perspective: it gives me a sense of location and proportion; I’ve got a great idea of how my little bolthole relates...

What’s the Point – of View?

As I mentioned in my post yesterday, over the summer I started a sideline in giving fresh life to old household objects – new lamps for old, if you like — and as I was sitting in the gallery yesterday, it occurred to me that you can do the same thing with...

Where Do I Stand?

Almost the first thing you have to decide when you are starting to work on a story, is where the narrator stands in relation to the narrative.  It sounds complicated, but actually what it means is working out how the story will be told.  One option is to use the third...

A Different Perspective

In real life, people often experience the same event in profoundly different ways – eyewitness accounts of an identical situation can vary wildly for a number of reasons — it can be that people bring their own preconceptions to what they are witnessing, or...