I don’t suppose it’s surprising that composing in different artistic genres and media should be simialr but these things always catch me unawares. Like on Sunday when I was half-listening to Elaine Page on Radio 2 interviewing songwriter Steven Schwartz. When he alluded to songs which tell a story successfully, something he also tries to … Continue reading Song and Story: a lightbulb moment on Radio 2. #writingtips #writerscraft #showdonttell
If anyone really wants to know how it feels to be a writer (be careful what you wish for!) I think this just about sums it up, except that it’s not a straight line of course but a cycle (or hamster wheel?) i.e. you get on at a different point each day and it’s a good day if you … Continue reading South Glos writers: you are not alone!
According to this excellent post by Andrea Gillies on getting through first draft, the first golden rule is not to show it to anyone until it’s finished. Well I do break this rule on a regular basis by submitting chunks to Bristol Women Writers for comment and feedback, but I suppose that is a generally … Continue reading Asking for trouble? Breaking the golden rule of first drafts
Last week someone – not a writer -asked how my current novel is going, and I tried to explain that I knew what events were going to take place, but was still struggling to write the rest of it. Oh, she said, so you know what will happen, you’re just padding it out? Well I … Continue reading In praise of padding (the good kind)
On the Unchained blog I’ve been talking about the Big Thing that passed our way recently and how it compares with the overwhelming scale of a novel in progress. But I also mentioned speed (or lack of) when handling a juggernaut and I think it’s a desire to SLOW DOWN that has brought me to … Continue reading It’s writing, folks, but not as we know it: the art of using a pen