Writing of the Week: dialogue with conflict

Writing of the Week: dialogue with conflict

For a recent exercise in writing strong dialogue containing conflict, David Kelly from our Thursday evening group was awarded ‘writer of the week’. Here’s the dialogue, short but punchy: Conflict or what? ‘You get the fuck out of my house,’ Miranda yelled at Jack. ‘It’s both ‘our house’ Miranda,’ Jack yelled …

Writing of the Week: Unreliable narrator

Writing of the Week: Unreliable narrator

Unreliable Narration A narrative can really carry you along. From the outset a reader trusts a storyteller, feeling in the mood to be entertained, to be moved, to have her/his emotions piqued. But what happens when a narrator doesn’t fulfil the required anticipation? Disappointment! But in the case of the use of the writing technique called ‘unreliable …

Writing of the Week: Forging connections

Writing of the Week: Forging connections

Creativity often involves forging new connections between old ideas. At last Tuesday’s regular writing group meet-up, we gave our brains a workout by doing exactly that. First, we passed around a jar containing forty slips of paper. On each slip was one word representing either: a person (think ‘grandmother’, ‘pilot’, ‘baby’); a place …

Writing of the Week: Present continuous

Writing of the Week: Present continuous

Present Continuous A tough exercise, this one, to write a passage using only present continuous tense. And the winner was … Helena Ameisen. Of course it’s extending the limits of what length sounds and feel right in the use of present continuous to ask students to write using that tense only for 10 minutes. But […]