Category Archives: new perspectives

A whimsically devastating writing prompt ;)

I have just started reading ‘There but for the’ by Ali Smith and I’m very drawn to it by the Guardian review on the back that describes it as ‘Whimsically devastating.’ By the time it moves on to ‘profoundly clever … Continue reading

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Something for the weekend #15

This one’s about trying to come at a subject from a different angle. I think this photo might work as a prompt on many levels. It provokes questions. What does the picture in the frame actually look like? Who takes … Continue reading

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The perks of point of view

Do you enjoy holidays with your family? I don’t mean your mom and dad family, but your uncle and aunt and cousin family? Personally, I do. There are several reasons for this. First, I am very interested and fascinated by … Continue reading

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Something for the weekend #8

What makes a good story? Great writing, intriguing characters, screaming tension, conflict? All of these things. But where to start? This photograph is split almost in two. On one side we see broken windows and a pile of discarded dials … Continue reading

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A recipe for memoir

I am currently reading Love, War and Ice Cream by the lovely Zoe and becoming thoroughly immersed in the two different family stories she unfolds. I’ve been particularly charmed by her use of photographs and recipes. It’s the recipes that … Continue reading

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Something for the weekend #4

I feel like I could stare at this for hours. How many stories are going on in those buildings and streets? It reminds me of London, but it’s Osaka. I’ve never been there, but I don’t think you have to … Continue reading

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My new favourite editing tool

One of the aspects of editing that I struggle the most with is seeing the big picture. I can whittle away at sentences, paragraphs and pages very readily, but getting the overview of a whole novel is not easy. As … Continue reading

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Something for the weekend #3

This one’s about the big and the small. And about taking a closer look. Or at least it is for me. Happy Friday.

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Semiotics of the Kitchen

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A short film by Martha Rosler. If this doesn’t make you think about the meaning we attach to things and how that can be subverted, nothing will.

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What does the wind look like? Take the 12 simile challenge.

Complete these similes. Try to be surprising and compelling. I got them from Now Write, a book of writing exercises edited by Sherry Ellis which I really like. It doesn’t quite fit with our current workshop format, but I think … Continue reading

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