“Even the state of defeat was propitious, because there is nothing in this life or the next that is not useful to the writer.” Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Living To Tell The Tale
Last week, I led a trip to Arvon’s Lumb Bank centre for 14 10-year-olds. A week away from games consoles, mobiles and TV – just us, a stack of good books, paper and pens (oh, and two fantastic authors – Gillian Cross and Steve Voake – who led the children on the first steps of […]
When I was ten, in my last year at primary school, I experienced what it would be like to be a writer for the first time. Over a period of a few weeks, I wrote a 30 page retelling of the Aladdin story. When I was finished, I handed it to my teacher (Mrs Hays […]
If you’re a teacher thinking about your own writing, you’re probably most concerned about the time it will take (time you feel you don’t necessarily have). For me, the times I carve out for my own writing are in the early morning, before my family has woken up and then again once they have gone […]
Developing as writers is important because:
Writing is an activity in which we can develop alongside the children. Writing isn’t like other activities which get easier the more we do them; it always remains challenging, whether we are facing the challenges of learning to write a story in Year 2 or whether we are putting together […]
What are the barriers to you improving as a writer? To really giving it a go? Time? Space? If you’re like me, you don’t have a study or a shed to which you can retreat and even if you’re lucky enough to have a suitable bolt-hole, you don’t feel you have the time to do […]
Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
Every sentence must do one of two things-reveal character […]