Writing Workshop With Sue Moorcroft

I recently attended a Short Story Writing Workshop with Sue Moorcroft

What a great day πŸ™‚ Sue is an excellent teacher!

As per usual, you know me, I made lots of notes πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚


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 πŸ™‚

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:

Pale skinned
Chestnut hair
Smartly dressed (suit)
Dog owner
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 πŸ™‚ 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* πŸ™‚

So, dear reader, should I go to Italy? lol πŸ˜‰ and anyone fancy joining me? πŸ˜‰

36 thoughts on “Writing Workshop With Sue Moorcroft

  1. Now that is a book I’d like to crack open! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on her methods and tips.

    I think you should absolutely go to Italy! If you can swing it, go for it! What I wouldn’t give to be there as well..


  2. Vikki, I’ve done this before — write descriptions of my characters. I “see” them in my mind’s eye but I have to remember a reader won’t unless I give clues (not too many) because I think it’s good to let readers kind of have their own visual interpretation.

    Writing in Tuscany? For gawd’s sake woman, if you can, that’s a no-brainer. And yeah, I’d love to join you. :).


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