Story structure, plotting and free flow

Screenwriters and novelists, it’s not easy to turn out a good tale. A writer will get more criticism over story structure, plotting and free flow, than any other components. Why is structure so hard? I put the question to screenwriters, and unleashed a river of emotion. Here’s what stood out. Don’t start: you are not […]

How do I live a creative life?

I was fortunate enough to come across producer and screenwriter Alan Denman on twitter, about the time I was thinking of learning screenwriting. Alan has been my tutor in this impossibly difficult craft. Here, Alan explains the personal philosopy that drives his work and creative projects. Be creative, I dare you If you want to […]

Thoughts from a reader

This guest post is by Professor Shirley Williams of the University of Reading, who is an avid reader, and had an ambitious target of reading 50 books a year, on top of her not inconsiderable workload as Professor of Learning Technologies at the School of Systems Engineering, when she was my personal tutor. What makes a […]

Ogres onions and layers

Ogres, onions and layers – Part 1 Shrek is our favourite celebrity ogre, right?  And he has a message relevant to your writing. Remember when Shrek and Donkey set out on the quest to rescue Princess Fiona from the dragon’s castle? They trudge through a field of sunflowers, bickering as usual. Shrek states, “Ogres are […]