Archive for August 2015

THE WAY WE WERE – THE NOVELIST’S LAMENT

Aug 31st, 2015 | By

Having a clear out of old typescripts, I found this article that had been published in ‘Quartos’ magazine back in 1990’s that pointed an accusing finger at the literary snobbery of the time … and asked myself how much of this is still true some twenty years later? “As an aspiring novelist I was rather

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GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER

Aug 24th, 2015 | By

Get Your Act Together by Jenny Roche is a guide for anyone interested in branching out into the world of the stand-up comic and takes us into the esoteric world of writing and performing comedy routines. As the author points out, stand-up comedy is perhaps the hardest form of performance entertainment there is but if

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Let’s Do It! … but just how far should we go?

Aug 21st, 2015 | By

with apologies to Cole Porter, Noel Coward and Victoria Wood! One of the most frequent question asked on my ‘Kick-Starting the Novel’ course is how far should the novelist be expected to go in order to give a typescript the right amount of sex-appeal. The answer is, of course, how good are you at writing

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Learning the tricks of the trade

Aug 5th, 2015 | By

Learning the tricks of the trade Creative writing courses are expensive, time-consuming and not always a productive start to a writing career. Most adults who want to write will already know the basic fundamentals of speech and grammar, and familiar with the concept that all creative writing, whether prose or poetry, has an opening, a

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