Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Forget plot, perspective and dialogue!

A new blogpost up from me on the open college of the arts blogsite!

A level three student of mine, Jo Wells, made a simple, but valid comment in her reflective commentary recently. She had included a well-realised and imaginative scene in her assignment work, and wrote that this… came out of an exercise where a person becomes invisible… I never forget the benefit of exercises and free-write. Most exercises can be arranged to include some aspect of what is currently being written.

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Friday, 10 January 2014

How to Write a Thriller

skylightrain is a great blogsite for writers and readers of contemporary fiction alike. Judy Darley writes widely, and reviews widely too; last month she posted a review of In the Moors on her blogsite, and this month, I'm guest-blogging for her. 

How to write a thriller

In The Moors book coverNina Milton, author of In the Moors and writing tutor with the Open College of the Arts, explains what it takes to breathe life into a thriller.
There are many strange truths about writing crime and thriller fiction, and one of them is…

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