“I write for the same reason I breathe – because if I didn’t, I would die.” Isaac Asimov (world-renowned science fiction writer) Every life has its Big Decisions – those ‘Do I? Don’t I?’ moments where we know with gut-wrenching certainty that saying ‘Yes’ will change the rest of our life forever. Big Decision examples … Continue reading TAKING THE PLUNGE – should I write a novel?
“The beginning of a plot is the prompting of desire.” Christopher Lehmann-haupt (American journalist, critic & novelist) To plot or not to plot? If you want to set the cat among the pigeons, just ask this question to any bunch of writers, then stand back and watch the fur fly. It’s a biggie. Bigger than … Continue reading THE PLOT THICKENS
“If you treat your characters like people, they’ll reward you by being fully developed individuals.” Don Roff (writer & filmmaker) It’s the Geppetto syndrome. We have all the tools and we know how to use them. We angle the chisel just right to take off another centimetre or so here and there, attach the strings … Continue reading PUPPET ON A STRING Creating believable characters
“O let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven! I would not be mad. Keep me in temper, I would not be mad!” William Shakespeare: King Lear “Are you crazy?” I hear you say, “What’s not to like about a life where you set your own hours and nobody tells you what to do?” … Continue reading KEEPING SANE in the mad, mad world of freelancing…
“Isn’t this everyone’s Point of View?” asked Tock, looking around curiously. “Of course not,” replied Alec, sitting himself down on nothing. “It’s only mine, and you certainly can’t always look at things from someone else’s Point of View. For instance, from here that looks like a bucket of water,” he said, pointing to a bucket … Continue reading THE PRECARIOUS PITFALLS OF POV (POINTS OF VIEW)
Friends are the best to turn to when you’re having a rough day… Justin Bieber ‘No man is an island’ said John Donne and that’s true even of writers. There comes a moment when even the most dedicated of scribes runs out of steam – the thought of one more click of the mouse, one … Continue reading Writing Buddies
The opposite of the happy ending is not actually the sad ending – the sad ending is sometimes the happy ending. The opposite of the happy ending is actually the unsatisfying ending. Orson Scott Card (Author of ‘Ender’s Game’) This is the moment of truth. It’s a keeping you awake in the middle of the night, biting your … Continue reading The End is Nigh