I have never willingly fasted. Once a year I was made to fast for a Hindu festival and I used to dread it coming up and would then over-eat for days in the relief that I could. Once I was in charge I knew I would never force myself to fast- it was too traumatic. … Continue reading Trying out Intermittent Fasting
I am confined to my room for the morning (the house is being used as a film-set) giving me an ideal chunk of time to capture a story that's been brewing. First move- just signed up again, for 'Start Writing Fiction' on FutureLearn to get me thinking like a writer. No. I am a writer, … Continue reading Sitting down to write a short story.
I had received the email invite some weeks ago, skim-read the contents and thought I'd return to consider it once I knew what the weather would be like in the week before Christmas. I then forgot all about it and it was only when a reminder that popped up on the day that I scrabbled … Continue reading Meeting Nicole Taylor, British Screenwriter, at the BBC
So excited as the Future Learn Start Writing Fiction commences on line today and it is free. I would recommend it to anyone who fancies themselves as a writer or just wants to improve their writing skills. Although it is aimed at fiction writing skills, I think it adds a lot to any sort of … Continue reading Start Writing Fiction Course is Starting Today- Do check it out for yourself!
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