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CHRIST, IS IT NOT HARD ENOUGH just getting the words down?!
This week I’ve been troubled by three new worries to add to the ongoing horror of the blank page (and mind).
Firstly, I read an excellent piece in women’s writing magazine Mslexia (Issue 71) about plagiarism – not just the blatant variety, which is obviously easy to avoid, but the horror phenomenon of cryptomnesia, ‘the technical term for the process whereby forgotten material is experienced as new when it resurfaces in a person’s consciousness.’ In her fascinating piece, Debbie Taylor Continue reading “Whose story is it anyway?”
It’s not often I feel inspired by something my children hanker after on-screen – certainly neither Minecraft nor the CBeebies app do little to light the creative fire in me – but this week I’ve been really impressed and moved by the power of a (free) children’s site called Storybird.
If you have primary age children and haven’t had a play already, you might want to let them loose on it. It has them writing their own picture books or poems (or for older children, novellas), inspired by the child’s selection from a great library of connected images. And the end product, with the gorgeous illustrations that the site provides, looks incredibly professional, and can be saved and shared with friends and family or on the site.
So far, so nice. I have no connection with this site, by the way, just blown away by the power of it, & the amazing boost in creativity the children seem to derive from writing in conjunction with the pictures – my 7 year old can hammer out a story of sorts, but with Storybird she was coming up with characters and plots that intrigued and surprised both of us. It got me thinking about the times I’ve used picture prompts in my own writing, particularly in combination, and how I should do more of it because it almost always seems to generate something worth developing. Who knows what alchemy is at work, but even a single image seems to get the imagination churning in a way that the blank page definitely doesn’t, and a combination of images often seems to spark even more ideas. Continue reading “Moving Pictures”
The first edition of a new magazine for women’s literary writing – Halo (definitely not an ugly duckling!) – came out today, and it’s beautiful. The focus is on ‘illuminating’ women’s fiction, and I’m really proud to have a piece of flash fiction – While the Mynah Bird Watched – up there (see p.61). Continue reading “The Ugly Duckling”