What Portrait Photography Can Teach Us About Characterisation…

I enjoy spending time in galleries and, whether it is a collection of paintings, sculptures or photography, I can while away a few hours looking at art. Photography stimulates ideas and sparks my creativity perhaps more than any other art form. I used to spend a lot of time at the Portrait Gallery in London … Continue reading What Portrait Photography Can Teach Us About Characterisation…

Argo: What We Can Learn From Film About Not Overwriting

http://youtu.be/xVuG27Ij3Bs I watched Argo over the weekend, having seen it win an impressive collection of awards. Among it's accolades were: Seven nominations for the 85th Academy Awards, winning three, for Best Film Editing, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Picture. The film also earned five Golden Globe nominations, winning Best Picture – Drama and Best Director, while being nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Arkin. It won the award … Continue reading Argo: What We Can Learn From Film About Not Overwriting

How to Write a Character From Start to Finish

The best fiction is about a character who changes in some significant way. The selfish brute learns to put others first. The woman marrying for money decides to marry for love. The career ladder climber learns to cut back on his hours to enjoy his family. The bitter old crone learns to let others in. The independent … Continue reading How to Write a Character From Start to Finish

5 Ways to Write More Effectively

W.H. Auden's Desk (copyright F.C. Malby) I know there are many lists of 'to to-dos' and 'not-to-dos' for writing and endless amounts of advice, but I just wanted to add a few things which I have found really helpful (some of them dietary!) Write first thing in the morning if you can. I know that … Continue reading 5 Ways to Write More Effectively