Don of The Dead Episode 1 – Need A Hand

UPDATE: This piece has now become the first part of an ongoing series: Don of The Dead – Series Overview Don is recently deceased but didn’t quite make it to the other side, so seems doomed to join the rotting ranks of the undead rubbing…

F is for Films! How thinking cinematically can improve your writing.

I recently heard two different authors mention writing in the context of cinema and came to the realisation that the conventions and style of modern cinema influence my writing too. The first of these comments was from historical fiction writer, Hilary Mantel. Whilst I am…

E is for Emotional Content. Writing with feeling.

In case you aren’t au fait with martial artsĀ  classic, ‘Enter The Dragon’ (above) Bruce Lee is explaining to his student the need for ‘Emotional Content’. The acting may be a little hammy and Bruce Lee films may seem like an odd place to go…

C is for Cooking Your Stories. Don’t rush new ideas.

Like many writers, I get lots of ideas for what to write next. Until recently, I was very likely to immediately pounce on said notion, wrestle it to the ground, shove it in to a sack and rush back home to devour it – or…

B is for Bananas. Go ‘Bananas’ to beat Writer’s Block.

Yes. I said Bananas. Ok, in the interests of full disclosure I will admit I was struggling for inspiration to find a subject for the letter ‘B’ – wow, so impressive to hit a brick wall on only the 2nd letter of the alphabet, Wayne….

A is for Action! Stop waiting for permission to start living your life.

By day I’m an Editor and Producer for a video production company, producing documentary, corporate and promotional films. It was during filming on location a couple of years ago that I had the sudden realisation that changed my entire outlook and attitude to life. It…

A to Z Blog Challenge 2013 – My List Unveiled

Happy Easter to you all. Tomorrow is April 1st, which brings with it this year’s A to Z Blog Challenge. A blog post every day (except Sundays), prompted by letters of the Alphabet, starting with A tomorrow, B the next day etc. I have already…

A-Z Blog Challenge – I’m going down to Alphabet Street.

So, a new year and a new challenge. NaNoWriMo was great last year (and I hope to have another go in November too) but a new challenge has been suggested to me by fellow writer Maria, who writes the excellent First Draft Cafe blog. This…

Lock 17 – Weekly Flash Fiction

The challenge that faced the Phoenix Writers this week was to write a 200 word piece that included the following elements – a barge approaching a set of locks, a bullock and a rifle. Here’s what I came up with . . . ————————— Lock…

Flash Fiction – The Big Cheese

For this week’s flash fiction challenge, we were asked to write a piece of 150 words, to be inspired by the following newspaper headline: “By-Election Could Herald New Chapter in Politics.” We had some really diverse and interesting pieces. Entitled, ‘The Big Cheese’, here’s what…