Midway through the term and one word keeps cropping up in class discussions: Procrastination. The advice is simple: stop it, stop it now. If you can’t, read this on the subject: http://waitbutwhy.com/2013/10/why-procrastinators-procrastinate.html It’s from a blog called Wait But Why, written and illustrated with useful diagrams by someone called Tim Urban. Unfortunately it may not immediately […]

I’ve just completed the first week of classes and have been reminding everyone of the necessity of daily writing practice. If doing it for it’s own sake isn’t incentive enough, then maybe the lure of winning fifty quid should provide an adequate bottom-kick. Very helpfully, Kimberley from Tuesday night’s Creative Writing for Writers has sent me links […]

Good luck to everyone starting the new term this week!

In last night’s Consolidating Your Skills class the discussion touched on the use of dream sequences in stories and I was saying that over the years I’ve come to distrust their use. They’re an easy way for an author to indicate the state of mind of a character, and because of that they’re used too […]

At Tuesday night’s Creative Writing for Writers class we were discussing revision and editing, and the mindset required to get things just right. With that in mind, listen to this writer talking about the book that changed him: Jonathon Coe’s What a Carve Up! One passage in particular stands out: ‘If you’re lucky enough to […]

I know it’s nearly February, but what the hell – Happy New Year folks! To kick off, here’s a short story competition (courtesy of Ivor from the Tuesday night class) http://www.scottishartsclub.co.uk/short-story-2015.html And to inspire your efforts here’s some words of wisdom from the world’s favourite Slovenian Marxist philosopher and cultural critic. Simple advice, delivered in […]

I covered ‘story elements’ in Creative Writing for Writers this week and Ivor from the class has been in touch with this from the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook  . . . Among characterisation, dialogue, structure, point of view and all the rest, apparently I forgot to mention the time traveling snake, so I’ll be sure […]