THE PLOT THICKENS

“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

CHASING CREATIVITY

“Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye.” Dorothy Parker: American poet, author, critic & satirist At the beginning of the New Year almost universally people’s thoughts turn to the next twelve months that lie ahead, and for most writers that brings a fresh determination to write more and write better. However, there is … Continue reading CHASING CREATIVITY

THE PRECARIOUS PITFALLS OF POV (POINTS OF VIEW)

“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)

NO PAIN, NO GAIN

 Embracing Criticism The victory is not to change the mind of the critic; it is to evaluate what you can learn and discard, yet still walk away with peace in your heart. Shannon L. Alder Criticism feels like walking across a pebbly beach to get to the sea. Ouch, a knobbly stone jars your big toe, … Continue reading NO PAIN, NO GAIN

Writing Buddies

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