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Creative Writing exercises No 1.

Article 1 CREATING A STORY This is your story; it has no end – only this new beginning. Begin by realising how important is the organisation of your time.  The part it will play in your journey from aspiring to accomplished writer. This should be your mantra: Organise and make time and I will find […]

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Help for dyslexics: writing techniques

  Melissa Wuidart Phillips, author of Dyslexic Writer shares some useful techniques for dyslexic writers. What is dyslexia?  For anyone who is unfamiliar with the term, dyslexics are the same as anyone else, but their brains process information differently, each in its own individual way.  This often means that they struggle with reading and writing, […]

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Developing a voice: let your characters speak

“Come into my parlor,” said the spider to the fly. We don’t need to be told that the spider is both evil and persuasive. In your mind you already have those pictures. We can hear the oily sounds without being told that they are, indeed, as slick as Teflon. “Y’got that right, dude!” This character […]

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Creative writing: ways to combat writer’s block

Part 2 in the series ‘ enhancing your creative writing talent ’. By Melissa A Joy, fantasy writer and Blackheath Dawn consultant writer. How many words do you write per night?  Do you ever feel that it’s enough?  Sometimes, you might see posts from fellow authors who are already published, and they talk about how far they […]

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Short story: In the Shadows

Melissa A. Joy. Fantasy writer and Blackheath Dawn consultant writer. A group of four adventurers sat in a quiet but busy tavern in the town centre of Gaventon.  The dimly lit taproom lacked space, and as Janne sat by the aisle between tables, he couldn’t escape the smell of old sweat on the burly labourers […]

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Memoir writing: lists and outline

Part 2 in the series ‘ who wants to read about you’. By Linda J Pifer, author of Windows and Violet Hopes. Get out your best organising skills – it’s time to keep track of all that minutiae! Last month’s article suggested you scan or catalogue and file your boxed-up pictures, letters and cards to begin making […]

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Developing a voice: styling the author’s voice

As writers, no matter what we’re writing about, we need to develop our own style – that is our Author’s Voice. Your voice might be slow and in-depth, it might be fast-paced and generally quite light, or it might be dark and foreboding. Sometimes, it might even be mixed, depending on the nature of the […]

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Writing Ideas

Writing support: why ideas are important and how to keep them flowing

Billion-dollar businesses, ground-breaking inventions and even most wars and revolutions are born from ideas. Most of the things that we are enjoying today, including well-loved stories, were all formed from a thought that crossed someone’s mind. Ideas are the single-celled organisms from which living, breathing story creations evolve. This is why as writers, we should […]

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