In June I began this blog with a post on the writing process. I was always a bit apprehensive about starting a blog. What have I got of worth to give to the world? I managed to shake that niggling thought.
If a reader wants to learn more about you and your writing the first thing they’re going to look for is your website. Like looking through a shop window, if they see something which intrigues them, they may step inside and buy something. In not having a website you’re missing out on precious opportunities to connect with potential followers. This article first looks at how to make a site, what it ought to feature, before finishing with a discussion about blogging
For my 50th post I thought I’d take a look back at the past 5 or so months at what I’ve thrown out into the world for your enjoyment. I was going to share the most popular post to date, but instead I’ve decided to share my personal favourite—the one that’s helped me the most in researching and writing it. So here it is, my guide to writing Orwellian prose.
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Two styles of prose tend to dominate: clear, concise prose, referred to as ‘Orwellian’, or the ‘clear pane of glass’, and; florid, literary prose, referred to as the ‘stained glass window’. First we’ll have a look at each, before going on to discuss how you can achieve them.
George Orwell in his essay, Politics and the English Language, set out what he thinks good prose ought to consist of, all the while attacking the political system for the destruction of good writing practices. He was very much against the over-complication of language, which at the time (1946), was the direction…
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Today I'm delighted to introduce fantasy writer Lucy Summers. I met Lucy in an online writing community a few months ago. She's always the one sharing helpful and encouraging things. Lucy's just finished her first novel and is about to embark upon the quest of getting it published. Enough of me, here's Lucy:
I'm delighted to share the writing day of Marya Miller, a wonderful person who I met through social media. Marya is an excellent storyteller with some fantastic ideas. Not long ago I read her collection of short fiction, Tales of Mist and Magic, and fell in love with the characters, Granny Maberly in particular.