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August is archive month. Posts from the past

FLASHBACKS Writing Article Number 4 from the Archive

Flashbacks in literature are scenes within the chronological narrative that reveal events  before the story began. In a novel the ‘now’ of the story might be about two old friends … Continue reading

August 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

REVIEWS Writing article number 3 from the archive

Reviewers have probably never been so important. They have always been the life blood of an author’s career, but they are no longer the sole preserve of the ‘professional’, the … Continue reading

August 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

WHAT IS A SHORT STORY? Writing Article Number 2 from the Archive

Someone asked me recently to define a short story. I could understand her difficulty because it’s much easier to say what’s it’s not. It’s not an idea that could have … Continue reading

August 24, 2017 · 8 Comments

BACK STORY Writing Article Number 1 from the Archive

Different writing disciplines aren’t locked into tight compartments. If you’re writing a novel I think it helps to read poetry for the richness of the language and the way it … Continue reading

August 23, 2017 · 8 Comments

ART FOR WRITERS Without doubt, my favourite all-time painting Number 7 from the archive

I didn’t have to think about which painting I would choose today. It had to be Rembrandt’s The Jewish Bride This is only oil and pigment and egg (or whatever … Continue reading

August 22, 2017 · 2 Comments

ART FOR WRITERS Description doesn’t have to be realistic to be real…Picture number 6 from the archive

Looking at this wonderful seascape, I am reminded of the words of American novelist E.L. Doctorow: “Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that it … Continue reading

August 21, 2017 · 3 Comments

Creative Writing Courses and Books with Bridget Whelan

Originally posted on Ruth F Hunt:
So far I have been focusing on formal and academic writing courses, both online and in red-brick establishments. However, there are other ways students…

August 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

ART FOR WRITERS a picture (and artist) I fell in love with…number 5 from the archives

I want this picture on my wall (the orginal if I’m longlisted for the Booker for the novel I haven’t written yet, or a print if I manage to save … Continue reading

August 20, 2017 · 7 Comments

ART FOR WRITERS Ice hot white… painting Number 4 from the archive

Two for the price of one today because when I was looking through the picures in this series of blog posts I was struck how essentially the same colour range … Continue reading

August 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

ART FOR WRITERS picture number 3 from the archives – a working class hero

I don’t know where I found this painting – on some pleasant thrawl through the internet I imagine. And there she was: a real woman with a big-bellied, lived-in body … Continue reading

August 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

ART FOR WRITERS picture number 2 from the archives

I was blown away by this very different way of seeing the female body and I hope you are too. I love the structure of the painting. We are close … Continue reading

August 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

ART FOR WRITERS picture number 1 from the archives

This was one of the first pictures I published in the weekly Art for Writers series and I still love it. I discovered it on Pixababy, a wonderful website that … Continue reading

August 16, 2017 · 2 Comments

WRITING QUOTE number 7 from the archive

Most stories we tell in real life are under 500 words. You’re at a party, everyone has a glass of wine, and suddenly you have the floor. You throw out … Continue reading

August 15, 2017 · 2 Comments

Writing Quote Number 6 from the Archive

A story is not like a road to follow … it’s more like a house. You go inside and stay there for a while, wandering back and forth and settling … Continue reading

August 14, 2017 · Leave a comment