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Flip the Scene

We’ve all got one in our distant past: the great love that got away because we were too tongue-tied, or clumsy or didn’t even cross the room to engage in conversation. Get it out of your system once and for all by writing the might have been. How should you have acted? What should you have said?

But once you’ve sketched that out, I want you to flip the scene on its head and write it from the great love’s point of view making yourself just a character, not a person we get inside at all.

And once you’ve done that – and the romantic or antiromantic conclusion is neither here nor there by this stage – have a go at playing around with the genders. If you’re both women trying making the two of you men. Or one of you trans. Or not even human.

See the fun you’re having now?

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Write The Blurb For Your Novel

Write the blurb for your novel – the summary that appears on the back jacket of a book…

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Uncharted Seas

Writing a novel is like setting out to sail across a vast, uncharted sea, without any resources such…

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Trusting the power of gravity

As a competitive fellrunner (and avid cyclist, mountaineer, swimmer etc. etc. you get the idea) I’m fascinated by…

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Don’t write poems – write an artwork, a musical composition, a dance

What if we quit thinking of poetry as a literary form, and instead conceive of it as a…

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Gas Ring – the game

A quick exercise to show the importance of writing high stakes for your characters when writing a play….

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How to Play

Take a blank sheet of paper. At the top of it, fill in the blanks of this statement:…

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Beat it Out

So you have an idea for a play. You may have some characters. An event, or a theme….

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Planning a film script

‘To make a great movie, you need just three things: a great script, a great script, and a…

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First and last line

When drafting your poems it is worth giving special consideration to the first and last lines as they…

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How the lines can find their place

When I am editing my poems I am often trying to find ways for the poem to reveal…

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Developing a shooting script for your novel

You have an overall structure for your novel. You have already discovered your characters, key plot points, settings,…

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