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Learning to Write XXXI

How do you weed out characters that aren’t earning their keep? A character doesn’t earn his or her keep when they do nothing interesting with or in opposition to the leading characters in your narrative. If they are your leading characters you need to stop writing and return to the stage of thinking about your […]

Learning to Write at Hay

Fifty people turned up in the Drill Hall for the Hay-on-Wye Writing Workshop, quite surprising when you consider that the fee was £25.00 per head for a two-hour session. Maybe billing it as a practical masterclass in the Festival Programme did the trick? The high entrance fee also begged the question of who would turn […]

Learning to Write XXX

In casual conversation all speakers slur vowels, drop final consanants and take short-cuts through syntax. Don’t tell me this only occurs with people on the lower rungs of the social scale. If you believe that, you haven’t learned to listen yet. In the latest post in this series I suggested that speech transferred to the […]

Learning to Write XXIX

Try writing down a paragraph as spoken by someone with a foreign accent. Or write down five or six sentences spoken by someone in your family. In both cases you will find that your listening ability is limited to grasping the meaning of what the speaker says and to more or less disregard his or her way of saying it.

Learning to Write XXVIII

I’ve managed to avoid talking about dialogue in this series up to now, but eventually it has to be dealt with. I don’t think it’s possible to deal with it adequately in one post. So what I have to say will be supplemented later by a couple of additional posts. It is a complicated subject […]

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Five Questions: Architect by Day, Writer by Night

On Writing

Songs

The Panting and Happy Reader

An Interview by Ian Hocking

Out Stealing Timber I

Summer Returns

Extract from Winged with Death

Creating a Text – L. Lee Lowe

Creating a Text – Ann Cleeves

Creating a Text – Julia Buckley

Is Poetry Less Literary Than a Novel?

Quotations on Humour

Quotations on Revolution

The Exile – a short story

Reviews: White Skin Man

Reviews: 4 Walking with Ghosts

Reviews: 5 Shooting in the Dark

Published novels

Presque vu IX

Five Questions: At Home, Writing