The Writer As Revolutionary

The Writer As Revolutionary

The Writer As Revolutionary The mentality of the individual writer develops a vast repertoire of ways of adapting his/herself among many different styles and groups. When to cynically display one’s wit, and when to display one’s softened heart? Through the process of outpouring onto the page, bonds to the outside world grow, invisible links strengthen …

Writing of the Week Curious leaf design

Writing of the Week Curious leaf design

Writing of the Week Curious leaf design Crop circles, snowflakes and the exactitude of this one leaf with its perfect lines ... I went to a spiritual workshop some time ago. A whole day of being with a group of really diverse people (I know one shouldn’t qualify diverse - but really in this circumstance it calls for it - we were all from different …

A Desk of Your Own

A Desk of Your Own

A Desk of Your Own Let her speak her mind and leave out half that she now puts in ... VW Then the penny dropped. I had been struggling with my writing. Not with the flow - the flow was, thank god, coming in thick and fast. But the pace of it and my surroundings clashed. Working at the kitchen table had seemed like a great idea - and suits my vision …

Proust on cliches and light

Proust on cliches and light

Proust on cliches and light. What’s with all the fuss about using clichés in creative writing? I had the opportunity recently to read Alain de Botton’s How Proust Can Change Your Life – an amusing yet utilitarian text which encourages both the reading of Proust and finding the time to do so, no mean task. I hit upon a passage about why clichés …

Writing of the Week Upanishads

Writing of the Week Upanishads

Writing of the Week Upanishads In a recent meet up of our Sydney School of Arts & Humanities Friday creative writing group, the writing prompt set for members to limber up word-wise for 10-minutes was: ‘There are many truths. Each truth comes from the eye of the observer.’ Here is the response from a new […]

3 tips from NaNoWriMo 2017

3 tips from NaNoWriMo 2017

It’s December – and NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is over for another year. Having written 50,000 words in November, the mind and body are in need a bit of a break. I’ve taken part in Nanowrimo a number of times and found it an incredibly rigorous, inspiring, exhausting and valuable experience. Here are my […]

Purpose in writing

Purpose in writing

Having purpose in writing Is there anything as intrinsic to writing than purpose? Yet so many of us forget why we’ve started a story, we lose track and motivation, perhaps beguiled by characters or waylaid by a complex plot. Then there’s grammar and punctuation to watch out for … oh heavens, even the simplest words […]

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 …