Category Archives: developing characters

A fictional guide to editing your writing?

Is it weird to take advice on editing from a fictional character? I think that’s weird, right? But when that fictional character is (maybe) based on Martin Amis and the author behind the character is novelist David Mitchell, perhaps it’s … Continue reading

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Something for the weekend #32

To get the whole story on this visual prompt, you need to check out Brain Pickings post The Burning House: what people would take if the house was on fire. Alternatively you go straight for the book itself, written by … Continue reading

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Pica prompt

Here’s a prompt, prompted by discussion at this morning’s writing session 🙂 Write about a character who has the disorder pica – where a person has an appetite for a non-nutricious substance. Like wool. And if wool doesn’t appeal, here … Continue reading

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Something for the weekend 29

Who lives in a house like this?  

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Something for the weekend #24

A painting rather than an a photograph this week. I have this as a postcard and we used it as a prompt this week. Although the idea is to be inspired by the image without needing to know anything about … Continue reading

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Something for the weekend #23

I was pointed in the direction of this by photographer, Jon Hill, and you can find out more about it here. Something to aspire to. I’d love to create a character that leapt off the page like this.

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Something for the weekend #20

His name is Dominic. My son is now 11. Love the fact that instead of picking him up, his father took this photograph. If you are looking for emotional truth in writing, try capturing some of the genuine emotion on … Continue reading

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Something for the weekend #10

A prompt about character maybe? I’m looking at this Japanese mask from the British Museum as a kind of blank canvas. Another cool photograph from Jon Hill 🙂

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Something for the weekend #9

The couple in this photograph, sitting back to back, make a great visual writing prompt. But there’s more to this one. This is a photograph of an art installation in the Saatchi Gallery. You can learn more about it and … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

Amy Pireck died in a car crash when she was sixteen years old. The boy that was driving didn’t quite walk away – he suffered a broken ankle and bruising to his chest where the air bag exploded between his … Continue reading

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