Oh,and,(as we know) real-life gets in the way of things as well.....Don't you hate it when you're nearly finished with a story,(of any kind)..and your creative brain just switches off !!*
Now that I'm unemployed, again hopefully I'll finish the Fat Slave story. Plus crack on with the Crucifixion in the Arena,and I'm hoping to do a contemporary tale involving C.F members,for our 15th Anniversary.
Wish me luck.....!!
*(I know I'm NOT the only one......)
Yes, we announced Fossy's new thread soon after he started it.We have a thread "New Threads" for announcements of that. Our staff is working tireless to update it regulary.
any tips on how to post, where to post
Thank you so very much. I know I can use much help to improve!I hope this isn't considered inappropriate, but there are many really good writers on this forum already, I thought at least some people might find this useful. I once had a boss who used to say, "When you stop getting better, you stop being good." So it's in that spirit that I offer this link:
I think it would be very good to have a public thread which discussed and posted ideas and resources for better writing. One where there isn't judgement, just ideas and support.
A friend of mine described "Politics and the English Language" as Orwell saying that politics uses English to give substance to a lot of air.Well, maybe this thread will turn out to supply that.
(There have been one or two public threads for writers started before,
but if this one gets going, we can merge the older ones with it)
A classic essay that I still take as a guide - not specifically on story-writing,
more on journalism, but good sound sense on all kinds, and sorely relevant today -
is George Orwell's 'Politics and the English Language'
His 'basic rules':
(i) Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
(ii) Never use a long word where a short one will do.
(iii) If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
(iv) Never use the passive where you can use the active.
(v) Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English
(vi) Break any of these rules sooner than say anything barbarous.
It's online, albeit in a rather ropy pdf, at: