Archive | October, 2013

Credible & Creepy: Hallowe’en, Horror & Writing

31 Oct


Techniques guaranteed to give your readers the chills …

1.  The Gross-Out:  the sight of a severed head tumbling down a flight of stairs, it’s when the lights go out and something green and slimy splatters against your arm.

2.  The Horror: the unnatural, spiders the size of bears, the dead waking up and walking around, it’s when the lights go out and something with claws grabs you by the arm.

3.   The Terror:  when you come home and notice everything you own had been taken away and replaced by an exact substitute. It’s when the lights go out and you feel something behind you, you hear it, you feel its breath against your ear, but when you turn around, there’s nothing there … ‘

–  Stephen King


Hallowe’en – Who is your favourite author of the night?

27 Oct

The CREATE & WRITE Sunday (it was a dark and story night) ponder:

Hallowe’en is nearly with us.  What are you reading to celebrate?  Do you prefer full on horror or spooky tales of … suspense?

What’s YOUR favourite discourse of the dead?

An unnerving list from Goodreads below …


27 Oct

Continue at The Garden at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) Wednesday, 6th November at 7:30 pm – new area sectioned off behind white louvre screens.

Thanks to everyone from 23rd October session who brought their mighty pens, paper and imagination!


In Praise of the Creative Writing course …

26 Oct


Rachel Cusk investigates the rise of Creative Writing workshops and finds … that the once fashionable bashing of same (perhaps coming from the fragile sensibilities of the published novelist?) is becoming outdated…

‘It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write.  Let them think you were born that way.’

– Ernest Hemingway

Should aspiring writers have the freedom to explore their muse with fellow creatives via the workshop and workshop tutorial?

Michael Moorcock’s 10 Rules for Writers …

26 Oct

Sci fi / Fantasy author, Michael Moorcock, celebrated his 72nd birthday recently.

Moorcock is an English sci fi / fantasy writer, who has also published literary novels. He became editor of the controversial Brit sci fi magazine New Worlds and fostered the development of the sci fi ‘New Wave’ in the UK and indirectly in the US. He’s won many awards including the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel: Gloriana, the 2000 World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the 2004 Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award.  The Times newspaper named Moorcock in their list of “The 50 Greatest British Writers Since 1945′.

Here he shares his 10 Rules for Writers:…



To Plot … or not to Plot …

26 Oct


What arrives on paper first?  Are you a writer who maps and plans meticulously with graphs and charts or do you explore your inner (chaotic) Chi to to craft your ideas?  Various authors below discuss their methods.  Which works for you?

‘During the long time it takes to write a novel, many ideas will come to the mind of the novelist.  A single glance at his graphic chart will inform him if his new idea is really part of his grand scheme or not.’

– Manuel Komroff.

‘I always have a basic plot outline, but I like to leave some things to be decided while I write.’

– J K Rowling

‘The writing I like best is when I don’t know know what I’m doing.’

– Thomas McGuane.

Sharing Copyrighted Works

26 Oct
 Explained! The murky waters of sharing copyrighted work on websites and blogs. When do rights and permissions need to be secured?