10 Books

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I like taking writing inspiration from prompts. This challenge is to write a list addressing what I like or what I've learned.  I think this list, of books which have stayed with me over many years, covers both. 'Jane Eyre', Charlotte Bronte This book was one of the first adult novels I read as a [...]

Why I Write

A writing prompt - "I write because..." "I write because..." seems a daunting way to begin a blog post.  It's too definitive and I've always been more reflective - skipping between thoughts or compulsions.  Trying to pin down something specific often makes it disappear, so I tend to sneak up on the idea I want to capture.  Confronting it head-on [...]

The Shifting Shadow

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A shadow is misshapen reality. Elongated or shortened by the angle of the sun, familiar objects appear distorted, muted, hidden. As the sun shifts, so does the shadow, and we see the world anew. Perhaps the colours are brighter than we remember or, lit from a different angle, we see the cracks that had escaped our attention. [...]

The Crucible: A Reflection

Arthur Miller’s The Crucible was only a notable title to me until two weeks ago, when I saw the Melbourne Theatre Company production. It was on my very long list of things I should read or see one day, and Saturday, 6 July was the day I could finally cross it off my list. I [...]

On Creative Writing Courses

Every so often I happen across a discussion of creative writing courses, and whether or not they are useful. The crux of these discussions seems to be whether or not it is possible to teach a person the creative skills they need to be truly innovative and original, or if this is an innate talent [...]