I finished writing my first proper script treatment last night and pressed send. I emailed myself a copy too so that I have an exact record of what I have sent. With excitement I opened the email to myself and read the first line. A massive typo. It is always the way. No matter how … Continue reading Retrospective: Why Write a Film Treatment?
Rob stood looking down at the sea. The medical school year book had said that he was the one most likely to become a world-famous professor. He scanned the endless blue water under a hot cloudless sky. He had been imagining this day since he was a grubby child in India, staring dumbstruck at pictures … Continue reading Luminescent
James picked at the scab on the back of his hand. If he was careful he might peel it off in one piece leaving a faint, white line of scar tissue. The scab snapped, and he slammed his fist hard on the table. Give me a break, somebody. I shouldn’t have had those shots after … Continue reading Radiant
Really interesting reading for fiction writers…
By The Drabble
Poem? Story? Brain vomit? Snapshot? A representation of a thought, idea, feeling or emotion? An entry point for thought or feeling? Drabble can be all those things. Drabble is a form, not a formula. Just as a haiku or sonnet has rules, so too does drabble. Words – 100 or fewer. Drabble is a form requiring concision.
You may wonder if it’s even possible to write a good story in fewer than 100 words. We say yes, although it’s certainly not easy. Most modern narrative art adheres in some way to Shakespeare’s three-act structure (i.e., conflict, rising action/crisis, resolution), whilst presenting a clear theme. Must all these elements be present to tell a good story? Grant Faulkner, co-founder of 100 Word Story, thinks so. In his essay, “Writing with Gaps,” Faulkner says,
“I think the best 100-word stories move with the escalation any story has. They…
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She had always said that she would never be that woman. The one who woke up and wished she was blissfully asleep again because it had dawned on her, yet again, that her life was totally shit. She lived with a nagging in the pit of her stomach that a solution was just out of … Continue reading Quart et alia
Lottie had an open gaze and her lips and eyes smiled together. Her eyes were incredibly large and curious, like a cartoon princess’s, over-scored by delicate, arched eyebrows, like most of her patients' on the Children's Ward. Her level of trust the result, no doubt, of a cherished upbringing by doting parents and starting life … Continue reading Swallow
Lottie had an unguarded gaze and her lips and eyes smiled simultaneously. You couldn't help but believe that she was truly happy to see you. I had heard her call patients 'gorgeous' but the one time she had called me this, I had blushed from the inside out and understood what it must feel like, … Continue reading Faceless (Blush re-visited)
Lottie always smiled like she was truly happy to see you and would call you 'gorgeous,' like you were the first person she had ever said that to. The one time she said it to me, made me blush from the inside out and I believed it for a moment. . Lottie seemed quite bouncy … Continue reading Blush
A Face in the Crowd
He knew the nickname they used for him. It could have been alot worse and had been in the past. He ignored their patronising glances at each other, behind his back. He focussed on his job. Eyes forward. Like a blinkered Shire horse. One foot in front of the other. He would stock the shelves, … Continue reading Tim…nice but dim