What is your favourite genre of writing? Mine is the mystery novel and I adore Anne Cassidy’s works. Never heard of her? No problem. Read on to find out all about her.
Article by Jenny L
Placing a plot twist into an original story can be a cleverly crafted narrative technique that completely changes an audience’s perception of a story. However, if it’s executed poorly it can be less of a twist and more of a downward spiral that causes a promising story to collapse with a preposterous and reader- insulting thud. Alternatively, a good twist can become the most memorable thing about a novel or screenplay, perhaps being the only thing that saves it from being an otherwise completely unmemorable story.
Nobody ever said that this was an easy literary achievement, but here are a few useful tips to help you construct a plot twist that will be both memorable and believable.
Who reads poetry nowadays? No doubt you’ll think of a stuffy academic sitting in a dreary room deciphering what, to most of us, is incomprehensible. Yet poetry doesn’t have to be like that. It can contain violent swearing, be aired on national television, and deal with social issues so controversially that it leads to public uproar. Just like Tony Harrison accomplished.
Article by Julia M.
You’ve undoubtedly heard the phrase “practice makes perfect.” Like all clichés, there’s an element of truth to it. The best way to perfect a skill is to practice it over and over and over again, until it becomes second nature. This is especially true of writing. Behind every bestselling novel, there are dozens of discarded pages, book ideas and articles that never ran. The only way you can improve at writing is to practice it as much as possible.
Post by Adrienne.
After reading this interesting yet disturbing article in the Guardian about how Google’s autocomplete spells out our darkest thoughts, I began to wonder how much you could learn about the world from Google’s autocomplete results.
Being at the same desk or computer for hours on end can inevitably get a bit uninspiring and sometimes finding the right words seems a thousand times more difficult. Getting away from the same space can improve your writing and bring forward a flurry of new ideas. Here are some ways to get motivated away from your desk.
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Every good writer is a reader, usually a prolific reader. It’s not a mere coincidence. Every word we absorb works into our subconscious; it helps us develop our own style. But you don’t have to rely on your subconscious to benefit from being a good reader.
If you don’t believe me, believe one of the most successful modern writers:
If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.
– Stephen King
The literary canon is filled with so many esteemed writers such as Stephen Fry, Ernest Hemingway and Sylvia Plath who all battled with a mental illness of some kind. They found solace in the written word but what is it that forms the connection between depression and writing in the first place?
Article by John R.