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 […]
Writing of the Week The Gecko. This short description from Jenny Neil in our Tuesday meet up, OMG! (Our Memoir Group). It's stimulating as much for the illustration as for the succinct and observant writing, which Jenny is happy to share with SSOA members and readers.
NaNoWriMo: End of Week 4 A big hooray for everyone who had a go at writing a 50,000 word novel from scratch this November
Hitting the NaNoWriMo word count target is wonderful, but it doesn't mean the effort is over. In fact, as exhaustion sets in, the work has only just begun...
It's time to celebrate reaching the half-way post in Nanowrimo. But don't forget to backup your (hopefully) half-completed masterpiece...