A blast of thoughts and ideas for a new actress starting out Continue reading Encouragement for a young actress
As a fully-paid up comedy writing fan, I’m delighted by a Youtube documentary “Life before the Flying Circus” – featuring the background to the Monty Python comedy team. I’ve watched lots of comedy documentaries in my time, and will seek out ones on Monty Python – but this programme seems to have the edge over so many I have already seen. It not only has … Continue reading Comedy writing – Monty Python
Many people say “I can’t draw a straight line” – this is a great starting point, because there are very few in nature (except the horizon). Have you tried the freedom of collage? Watch Rebecca Maloney collage a landscape, from a few lightly pencilled guide marks, using coloured paper from magazines. And yes, she makes it wonderful because she is a skilled artist – but I … Continue reading “I can’t draw a straight line”
“creativity begins in rest”, a musician muses on creativity and conditions for beginning Continue reading Stephen Roach: Writing on the road
Reader, if you are a wouldbe poetry writer, then get your hands on this book “Writing Poetry” by W N Herbert. It’s like having a writing tutor patiently helping you – because that’s exactly what is happening – its writer is Bill Herbert, Professor of Poetry and Creative Writing at Newcastle University.
Please do take that book token Christmas present, or lean over your local library counter and demand that they order it, or borrow the spondulicks from a pal, to buy this instantly useful and enjoyable book.
Whether you are a beginner, near beginner or have written a couple of hundred poems but still feel like you’re at the start of a writing apprenticeship – this book takes you through the process of developing the skills/craft and – more difficult to explain – the feel for, writing poetry.
If you’re thinking of starting a blog (or began one on Jan 1) here’s a ton of useful advice Continue reading “I’m thinking of starting a blog….” 11 tips
Detailed breakdown of how to plot your novel or large fiction project. Advice by Steven Pressfield. Continue reading Step 2 in beginning to write THAT novel/play/film