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Character notes

I have been reading The Middlesteins this week and came across a section where Attenberg has one character list the lies she has told her husband during their marriage. The list includes not being on the pill and what she … 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 #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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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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Mirror, mirror – 5 perspectives on character description

I’ve recently read all three of Gillian Flynn’s novels (Sharp Objects, Dark Places and Gone Girl) and I’d recommend them all. Great plots, nasty characters and some excellent writing. I’ve been particularly struck by the way she paints vivid physical … Continue reading

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Character and the psychopath test

Many writers struggle at times with the difference between showing and telling. It’s so much easier to tell the reader about your character than to show your character in action and let the reader draw their own conclusions. Here’s a … Continue reading

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A spot of rule breaking…

I’ve just finished reading Jennifer Egan’s prize-winning novel A Visit from the Goon Squad and what I particularly liked about it was that it’s not a traditional novel in terms of character, structure or plot. I’m not sure that it … Continue reading

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