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Setting the Scene, Mood lighting for your story

It was one January morning, very early—a pinching, frosty morning—the cove all grey with hoar-frost, the ripple lapping softly on the stones, the sun still low and only touching the hilltops and shining far to seaward. 521 more words


Character Sketch: Haircut

So I gave myself a haircut today, and then this story happened in my head…sorry for the bad pun. And the cliches. Yeah.

When you asked me to cut your hair, I said yes without hesitation, even though I’d never done it before. 363 more words


Writing prompt: Lost and Found

No workshop this week. Instead, everyone came with a written piece based on a prompt I gave them earlier in the week. The prompt was to write 1-2 pages on the theme, … 557 more words


Music Free-Association

This week I took a CD into class (There Is a Way to Fly, by Coda*) and played a few tracks, telling the students to close their eyes and let the music suggest images to them, then write about these. 134 more words

Creative Writing

Writing workshop: Show, don't tell

This week at the Writers Club, we did a workshop on the infamous phrase in any writing circle, “Show, Don’t Tell.” It’s infamous, because it’s thrown around often with not a whole lot of explanation. 132 more words


Other people's work.

One of the hardest things about being a writer (unless you happen to be Stephen King, Jackie Collins, John Grisham etc) is having to spend the lion’s share of your time reading other people’s work. 807 more words

The Writing Process

February Prompts

I did say in December that February would be a month of prompts. Clearly, this has not been the case so, today being the last day of February, here are some prompts! 344 more words