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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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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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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

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Writing Wednesday: Great Opening Paragraphs

You've got a fantastic idea, you know your characters better than your family, the twists and turns in your plot are guaranteed to have your readers enthralled. You sit down to write your opening line and no matter what you do, your beginning reads like a soggy beige pancake. We've all been there, luckily there… Continue reading Writing Wednesday: Great Opening Paragraphs

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Review: A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf 

Having picked up three books in three days without having my imagination captured I was beginning to embrace the reading slump and come to terms with the notion I may never read and enjoy a book again. In a state of quiet disillusionment I started reading A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf. People… Continue reading Review: A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf