There are boats here that look like they’ve been moored for years, an aged rugged charm that compliments the calm stillness of the water. The rafts clank and smack together with a sensational sound that reminds me I'm home. Then there is the juxtaposition of life as the gangways creak with footsteps of children carrying [...]
As time passes I’m finding it easier and easier to write. It’s also most likely that age old saying that reading more makes you a better writer, which to no ones surprise, is true. My latest venture has been the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, which has been an interesting take on the Scottish highlands [...]
Are you like me? Do you find yourself overwhelmingly jealous of friends or family because they seemingly have everything under control? It’s a niggling feeling that digs under your skin, probes at your brain, that little thought that maybe there’s a reason you’re unhappy, unsettled. Maybe it was that slightly bad thing you did back [...]
If you've been reading my recent weekly writing prompts then you know that I have been interviewing my characters to find out a bit more about them. It was a method I decided to try after reading Richard Ayoade's 'Ayoade on Ayoade' in which he decided to interview himself. It was a surreal read but it was comedic and inspiring.
Before I had started my weekly writing prompt I barely wrote a word. If I wasn't writing my manuscript then I saw no point in writing and it seemed like a waste of time. I had even reached a point in my life where I realised I couldn't remember the last book I had read or even the last piece of significant writing I had looked at.
After a discussion about vocabulary and phrasing, I realised that a lot of how we represent ourselves is via the way we speak and the ways we come across. Our appearance, our dialect, body language and even our own opinions of ourselves can be targets for opinions. I realised that I could use this information within my character creation to create realistic, likeable or even dislikeable characters.
"When we looked at plotting our manuscript I discussed the idea that writing a blurb, or a brief overview, will help you to gather a solid understanding of how to formulate a path for your story. This is also known as outlining and in today's masterclass, I would like to suggest a few hints and tips on how best create this."