I was given a prompt at a recent workshop to write about a naughty pet. Immediately my mind flew to this picture of my sister-in-law’s new puppy showing total unconcern at the chaos he’d caused.
….light the corners of my mind
I have recently completed a free online creative writing course with the Open University and FutureLearn which I heartily recommend to anyone new to writing fiction or writers with a bit of experience who want to get back to basics and receive informed feedback on their work.
I’ve always been resistant to the idea of keeping a journal or using Morning Pages to get the creative juices flowing but the course tutors suggested that for some of us carrying a notebook called “research” might be a way to get over this self-imposed block. BINGO! Now I use it to jot down random things I hear or see, passing thoughts I have and snippets of useful information and no longer feel guilt that it’s not full of flowing, cursive script of delicious descriptions and wise insights!
Reading is a bit like stepping into a Time Machine – we never know where the author’s going to take us.
One project I’m currently working on ( I call it a project because it’s too long for a short story, too short for a novel – tis neither flesh nor fowl ) involves four characters with intersecting timelines so I have post-it notes galore reminding me of just
I’ve been a bit quiet on here lately, although I’ve been writing almost daily.
It’s because I have begun to enter competitions to flex my authorial muscles, give myself a deadline and get me over the “hump” of the final editing phase (groan).
I was attempting, not very successfully, to write a ghost story last week and in the process created a very unpleasant character – now I have to decide just what his comeuppance will be to give readers the most satisfaction.
Another writing prompt – and I put in much more detailed description than my usual style.
By the way it is fiction….