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Writing Wednesday: The Found Object Exercise

Happy Writing Wednesday! Today I'm challenging you to undertake the found object exercise. This is fun to do with friends, both in real life and online. It works better if you don't pick your own object. I can do it with you if you need a pal!The principle is that you pick a small seemingly… Continue reading Writing Wednesday: The Found Object Exercise

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Favourite Authors: Raymond Carver

This week marks the anniversary of Raymond Carver's death. It's prompted me to revisit his collected stories. I always find that they resonate with me as strongly on re-reading them despite time and changes in my life. The stories look scathingly at moments of life. Transcending the ordinary and turning it into something unique and… Continue reading Favourite Authors: Raymond Carver

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Writing Wednesday: Creative Exercise – Cut and Paste

Happy Wednesday! Today I'm going to talk about copying and pasting as a creative exercise. Steal like an artist is probably a phrase you're familiar with. Taking and remodelling work by other authors is a great skill to master if you want to build on great literary tradition or just have some fun. It's fairly… Continue reading Writing Wednesday: Creative Exercise – Cut and Paste

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Writing Wednesday: The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

This Writing Wednesday I thought I'd link you up to this fantastic website. There are all of these words appearing on the internet describing strange emotions. I didn't realise that these words were written by one man until I found this Ted talk where he discusses his site "The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows". The author, John Koenig… Continue reading Writing Wednesday: The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

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Writing Wednesday: Creative Exercise – Looking Up

I thought today I would share with you a writing exercise I picked up a long time ago when I used to study Creative Writing. It takes barely any time and you can do it during your everyday life with only minor disruption to other pedestrians. The tip is, when you’re out in town or… Continue reading Writing Wednesday: Creative Exercise – Looking Up

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Review: American Gods – Neil Gaiman

American Gods is an investigation into religion, consumerism and how a society forms and supports ever changing systems of belief. It tackles huge ideas from the perspective of Shadow a coin trick performing ex-con seemingly plucked from obscurity. As the novel progresses he also reveals himself to be caring, sensitive and perceptive, he’s decidedly well-read… Continue reading Review: American Gods – Neil Gaiman

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Writing Wednesday: Creative Manifestos

Writing anything in the age of the internet is as much about how you promote it as it is about content. Knowing what you're selling and how to sell it is key to building your following. Manifestos are a brilliant resource for writers to hone their ability to persuade. A great manifesto can convince, uplift… Continue reading Writing Wednesday: Creative Manifestos