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[…]

What’s Your Thinking Style? AUDITORY!

For those of you who think in sounds or words the problems you will face are vastly different from writers who are visual. Now there are pros and cons to being an auditory thinker. Classically, most writers ARE auditory, but there are many successful writers who are also visual. Why is this so? Well, it Read more about What’s Your Thinking Style? AUDITORY![…]

What’s Your Thinking Style? VISUAL!

Writers who are visual often claim they have “writer’s block“. The reason is quite simple: Visual people have hot and intense visual narratives running through their mind’s eye: the moment they put a pen in their hand and touch nib to paper or fingers to keyboard keys their imagination flags.  How is it possible to Read more about What’s Your Thinking Style? VISUAL![…]

What’s Your Thinking Style?

Often, when teaching creative writing, this is the first question I ask. Why is it so important? I think that your thinking style sets out how you will write, the difficulties you will face, and knowing what style you think in will enhance your writing. But what do I mean, by thinking style? Well, let Read more about What’s Your Thinking Style?[…]

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[…]

The Biggest Secret of Writing

I’m going to reveal a big secret, perhaps the biggest of all. It’s as sharp and tingly as a slap in the face, it’s simply this: Writing is not writing. “Eh?” You gasp, “Zahid’s lost it this time. He’s joined the Circus of the Lunatics”. Let me explain. Writing is not about taking a pen Read more about The Biggest Secret of Writing[…]

Seeking The Voice

Crafting a story is dependent on many variables. One of the most important is the narrator’s “voice”. Theorists sometimes refer to “viewpoint”, but that’s not what I mean here. The same narrator can have different viewpoints. Here’s an exercise that I suggest you try to train the muscle in your brain that tells stories and Read more about Seeking The Voice[…]