I recently attended a Short Story Writing Workshop with Sue Moorcroft
What a great day Sue is an excellent teacher!
As per usual, you know me, I made lots of notes
Sue had lots of interesting tips for writing short stories for magazines, so if that is something you’d like to explore, I can highly recommend Sue’s book. But it’s not just for short stories. Sue has published several full length novels too
One of the tips she gave us that I thought was really helpful was the 10 Words/Phrases This really helps with writing description, and if you incorporate those actual words into your story, hopefully, the reader will be more able to picture what you’re describing. Personally, I think it is great for getting to know my characters. I can split it up into 10 personality traits, or 10 physical features. It’s really helping me focus on what my characters look like
Think of 10 words or phrases that relate to your character or your setting. So, for example, when I picture my heroine, Kate, these are the words that immediately come to mind:
Smartly dressed (suit)
Believes in romance
Sue is teaching a writing course in Italy next year, and I’m so tempted to go, no, more than tempted, I really want to go Arte Umbria are doing Creative Writing courses next year, the setting, a country house set in 220 acres of the Umbrian Hills near Tuscany *wistful sigh*
So, dear reader, should I go to Italy? lol and anyone fancy joining me?