There are a few of things to keep in mind when writing and, if you can’t keep them in mind when writing, keep them in mind when editing. There are three purposes to writing: inform, entertain and persuade. 1. Good stories show the reader a scene in time with description. Don't fall into the trap of telling rather than showing. The term 'storytelling' is misleading. 2. This is your personal story - your perspectives, anecdotes and insights are what make the flavour. 3. Think
What on earth is an avatar? You’ve no doubt seen the film: an avatar is an icon or figure representing a particular person. In the film it’s a hybrid human-alien created to facilitate communication with the indigenous Na’vis from the plant Pandora. So what’s that got to do with writing? Actually, quite a lot. So far, avatars have mainly been used mainly in computing as a graphical representation of the user or the user’s alter ego. Just think back to when we all created ou
Just like with all writing, you need to be aware of your audience. After listening, speaking and reading, we write. It’s the fourth skill we learn and the good news is that we’ve already learnt how to do it. To write clearly, it’s essential to understand the basics of language. More good news: we already know how to do that too. It’s important to know whom we are writing for in order to achieve the right tone. Taking notes is writing for ourselves and writing a letter is w
That’s very easy to solve: you just start reading. Turn off the TV, hide your smart phone and disconnect your social media apps just for a while, you don’t have to completely go cold turkey. Reading and writing are completely related. Without one the other cannot exist. Research has found that when we read extensively, we become better writers and that reading different types of books helps us to learn text structures and language that can be transferred to our own writing.
Stories are an intrinsic part of our societies and culture, but what do we know about them? Nobody knows when the first story was told but we all suspect it was in a cave by some primitive hunter. What we do know is that those storytellers who were good at retelling events reached positions of respect and power. They served as a means of communicating news, teaching moral principles and law. The earliest writing we know of dates back to around 3,000 BC in an area we now know