Writing Exercises: The Story Game

Image of ‘Children’ from Wikipedia Want to test the enduring power of story-telling? Just say “once upon a time…” and witness the effect on a child. Is it social conditioning or genetic? I don’t know, but I know we were made for stories. The ability to spin a tale is essential for story-tellers and children Read more about Writing Exercises: The Story Game[…]

Writing Exercises: Painting Word-Pictures of Still Life

This is a fun game designed to get children playing with words by using their senses. A wordsmith may be great at telling a story, but fall foul of plot. Others can conjure up unforgettable characters, but their dialogue is limp.  And even many experienced writers often trip up on description. This exercise is amazingly Read more about Writing Exercises: Painting Word-Pictures of Still Life[…]

Metaphor: The Heart of Poetry

Long before the typewriter, philosophers had charted the realm of poetry. Over two thousand years ago Aristotle wrote: “The greatest thing by far is to be a master of metaphor. It is the one thing that cannot be learned from others; it is also a sign of genius, since a good metaphor implies an eye Read more about Metaphor: The Heart of Poetry[…]

Descriptive Writing

How do you describe an object, an animal or person and using the alchemy of word transform it into something utterly real in the mind of another? Use the precise word.Use the apt word.Use the senses: visual, auditory, kinaesthetic, olfactory…Use verbs of motion – even for something static… And take your time. Look, really look. Read more about Descriptive Writing[…]

How to use Robin Hood to Write Your Own Story

One of the biggest challenges any writer faces is determining which “voice” is apt to tell his or her tale. Now, when I talk about “voice” I’m not referring to “Point of View“, that is, whether a story is told through a first person narrative, a third person omniscient perspective and so on. No, I’m Read more about How to use Robin Hood to Write Your Own Story[…]