October 27, 2010
As I said on Monday, I recently found some work I did in Year Four, on the topic of authors. On Monday, I shared with you what a good author looks like, and today I’m going to share a few more notes from my Year Four work. In this post, I’ll be looking at some ways we can find ideas if Writers Block strikes (which stems from how authors get their ideas).
Interview People: Talk to your friends, your family, etc, and learn about any adventures they may have had. Even a small tale they’ve had might spark an idea.
Watch People: This is fun to do. Watch people think about what they might be talking about. Look at their actions. Try and write a story about their conversation.
Real Life Events: Remember that time you… Even mundane events in your life could spark a bit of inspiration.
Art: Paintings can be inspiring. You may remember how I planned on writing some short stories based off a picture. I’ll get to it one day. Look at a picture, and try to imaging what could be happening in it.
Eavesdropping: I’m the self-acclaimed King of Eavesdropping. I do it all the time. I can’t help it. Particularly on the bus. People seem to like to recount their adventures from the weekend, and I listen.
October 25, 2010
It’s spring cleaning in my household, and as I was cleaning out my cupboard, I found some old school books, dating back to Year One.
I was looking through them, and came across a unit of work from Year Four, about writers and illustrators. One page described an author.
According to my work, a writer had…
…A large head to accommodate a big brain which was used for getting good ideas
…Large eyes for watching people
…Big ears for listening to other people’s conversations
…Flexible hands for typing and writing.
I drew all those features up into a painting application and got…
Clearly, drawing isn't one of my talents...
Luckily, writers don’t have to be super hot.
Tell me, what features should a good writer have?
October 18, 2010
I could blog about how I’ve been away from the internet world for so long, but I’ve done it so many times these past few months, so I won’t.
With all my time not spent in internet world, I should have advanced a lot in my revision, right?
Here’s my thoughts on revision:
- I’ve been finding that my chapters are too long to read through properly in one sitting, and I don’t like to only read half a chapter. So I’ve decided to chop my chapters in half to make it more manageable.
- Can you believe that its taken me 17 years to work out that, because there is a word ‘cant’, when you write ‘cant’, Microsoft Word doesn’t automatically change the spelling to ‘can’t’? Crap. The same goes for ‘wont’ and ‘won’t’.
That’s all I’ve got for today. Thoughts for a post on Wednesday?