Break down barriers This week, on my Freedom-Writing facebook group page, I've been posting a daily inspirational quote on the subject of dreams. I used a series of well-known quotes for the first four days, and today, after reading a post made by a writer friend on facebook, she ended with a piece of advice … Continue reading Get creative!
This is such fun! I love taking part. via Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints
A problem that needed fixing Yesterday I planned to finish off my accounts - yes it's that time of year again! I was ready to continue my fourth novella in progress, but there it was, staring me in the face on my google calendar, making me feel guilty: 'Update accounts'. I was most definitely not … Continue reading ‘Procrastination is the Thief of Time’ Time: Part Three
Understanding and empathetic Writing my novella series about a fictional high-end shoe shop, which has drawn a number of clients with colourful pasts, I'm reminded of the phrase 'Walk a Mile in Someone Else's Shoes.' It tells us that before we leap in and judge others we must learn to be understanding and empathetic … Continue reading ‘Walk a Mile in Someone Else’s Shoes’
Timelines The phrase 'Time is of the Essence' normally implies that it's necessary to get something done quickly, but for me it has another meaning too: the handling of time in a story line. it's so easy to take this for granted when reading books by other authors, but it really is an important consideration … Continue reading ‘Time is of the Essence’ Time: Part One
I’m very keen on action beats, and it’s so good to see their function explained here in such depth.
Been doing some more research into the hero’s journey and also character archetypes and found this interesting post. It’s good to see that basic models can be changed or modified in story telling.
We learned in class about Joseph Campbell and “The Hero’s Journey”. Basically Campbell created a concept of a basic story structure that was found in many stories around the world. The structure can be found in many narratives, both classic and new. Here is a link to an outline of the Hero’s Journey:
We also learned about archetypes. These are character types that are found in many stories, and they always have the same basic characteristics. Here is a link to a list of some classic archetypes:
These concepts can be combined to create a blueprint for your story, and can be altered accordingly to bring an element of unpredictability to it. For instance, steps in the Hero’s Journey can be moved, combined, or deleted altogether. Another alteration is for the characters to have the aspects of more than one archetype. For instance, the Hero could also be…
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Another question In my previous post on this subject, I spoke about the need to identify problems in our writing which, with or without external factors, might well be the cause of writer's block. I focused on asking the question 'Why is this?' and 'What exactly is the problem?' Once these questions have been answered … Continue reading ‘Riding the Bus’ Unblocking Writer’s Block, Part Two
Creativity is a precious thing I'm often coming across blog posts about the dreaded writer's block theses days. While it's reassuring to know that as a writer I'm not alone in suffering from this malady from time to time, I also feel saddened to read that many writers suffer from it. Creativity is a precious … Continue reading ‘A Proactive Approach’ Unblocking Writer’s Block, Part One
Hi there and welcome to the end of yet another week. Keeps happening, doesn’t it? This week, among other things, I spent some time in San Francisco. While walking off a day’s worth of stuck-sitting-in-meetings”, I encountered the whimsical Museum of Ice Cream, which my son tells me is “an Instagram hot spot.” Who knew? […] … Continue reading Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints — Eight Ladies Writing
After a decade of serious writing, classes, conferences, workshops, critiques, and six novel publications, I don’t consider myself a “new” writer anymore. But, that takes effort. I mean, I have done this stuff before, am still doing it, yet every time I start a new project, it’s like it’s my first project. Whether you are […] … Continue reading 5 Tips for (New) Writers — Mary Lamphere
Another world I have recently returned to the UK after a week spent in LA, in the Beverly Hills, courtesy of an old friend. While there I had beautiful weather, and was lucky enough to stay in a lovely hideaway which clung to the edge of a wooded slope, affording glorious views of the surrounding … Continue reading The Hero’s Journey
Too monumental to handle I’m currently working on my fourth novella, and the start of a second series, after completing the first three, which lumped together form an entire novel. I didn’t start out with the intention of writing even one novella but a short story, and given the panser writer that I am, soon […]
A way to communicate and work effectively Some years ago I attended courses on Neuro-Linguistics Programming (NLP) and qualified as a practitioner. Since then I've used the skills in both my teaching and writing. While on those courses I learned about Milton and Meta models as a means to communicate and work effectively. Powerful outcomes … Continue reading Milton and Meta Models
I love this idea: being able to add some of one's own writing, randomly chosen or written, to share in the comments section. What a great blog this is! via Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints
I picked out this post to share as it contains some excellent advice on how to manage an indie author storefront. I really appreciate being given the chance to learn from other writers, and also like to be able to pass on their wisdom. Via Justine: Conference Fun
Loving the process My journey, as a writer, has gone from blindly writing onward, in the fragile hope that I would reach 'The End', to one who can now write those words with conviction. I became a student of writing, not through any bricks and mortar establishment, but by purchasing books on the subject from … Continue reading Intuitive Writing
A beginning, middle and an end Before the days when I began to learn about story structure, I just sat down and wrote. An idea popped into my head and I was away, secretly nursing the hope that somehow I'd produce a best seller. Back then, when I used pen and paper, I was completely … Continue reading ‘To plot or not to plot?’ …. that is the question
Hello, My name is Marie-Gaye Barton. I'm a writer and musician. I'm currently working on a series of novellas under a pen-name which will be unveiled in due course. Other projects include helping with essay writing and inputting blog content. I love to be able to share what I'm doing in these respects with other … Continue reading Welcome to Freedom-Writing