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 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 […]
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 […]
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 - where to begin? Author Stephen King provided wise words for a writing prompt in the regular 10 minutes exercise at the start of our Creative Writing group meet up
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 …
A submissions editor for a literary journal recently revealed on Reddit a list of submissions that editors get sick of reading, as well as things they want to see in submissions. One of these was humour.
This feature picture by Julie Corbeil is the week's stimulus for writing. Two of our writers responded with descriptions of Corbeil's collage art.
Whether writing is an innate gift or a craft that one can learn from years of practice is a controversial topic. Just searching for "is writing innate" turns up many discussions and opinions on the topic.
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 […]