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Matt Gemmell – His Stories

Matt Gemmell – His Stories

I’ve just read a blog post by Matt Gemmell entitled “Stories“. Matt is ‘an iOS (iPad, iPhone and iPod touch) and Mac OS X (Cocoa) developer and user experience/interface designer, based in Edinburgh, Scotland’ and not a writer in the … Continue reading → ...
Dreams And Daydreams As Writing Prompts

Dreams And Daydreams As Writing Prompts

I’ve been reading the new post on Writing Forward about using dreams and daydreams as prompts for stories. Melissa suggests keeping a journal of dreams and daydreams and using them as a way to inform and inspire your writing. I’ve … Continue reading → ...
Unexpected Writing Prompts

Unexpected Writing Prompts

It’s amazing how the most unexpected things crop up and give an idea for a story. I was talking to a colleague at work and the usual ‘Did you see…?‘ conversation struck up. ‘No, I didn’t …‘ because I don’t have … Continue reading → ...
Taking Time To Read

Taking Time To Read

Reading a book is always an inspiring thing to do. I find inspiration in the language used, the crafting of each sentence, and the ideas behind the story. I find myself savouring little nuances of language that can convey so much … Continue reading → ...
Secrets And Story

Secrets And Story

I was listening to the ‘Infinite Monkey Cage‘ on Radio 4 on my home from work this evening. They were discussing code-breaking and the extraordinary achievements of the team working at Bletchley Park during WWII. There were about 10,000 people working … Continue reading → ...
Do Stories Write Themselves?

Do Stories Write Themselves?

I had an idea for a story recently based on one image I saw somewhere. The figure of a woman hurrying through a tree-lined avenue on a misty, rainy evening was very atmospheric. It conjured up questions about where she might … Continue reading → ...
My First Story Critique

My First Story Critique

I submitted a short story to a competition in Writers’ Forum recently and got my critique back yesterday. It’s the first critique I’ve ever had and only the second competition I’ve entered – the first being in about 1985 with A Sunday Visitor. I didn’t … Continue reading → ...

Blair Peach and the SPG

In the late 1970s, while the country was run by an evil oligarch, I found myself caught up in a police raid and taken in for questioning. The Special Patrol Group (SPG) were part of the raiding force and while I was waiting … Continue reading → ...
Creative Writing Discipline

Creative Writing Discipline

I don’t know why, but I’m often amazed at how quickly I can come up with an idea in my Creative Writing Class when given a prompt to complete in about 10 minutes. Sometimes our tutor gives us a selection … Continue reading → ...
Writing Characters

Writing Characters

An idea came to mind recently about a character who would be engaged in dialogue with the author (me) as part of the story. I felt I needed to know a lot about the character as I would not only … Continue reading → ...