Category: Storytelling

  • Tips For Men Writing Women

    Can men write woman and femme-presenting characters? Men can, do and may. William Trevor did it well. Apart from an excess of crying, Larry McMurtry also did it well. Ian McEwan is also right up there. Content note: This is a gender binarist topic. Non-binary genders exist and continue to be invisibilised the vast majority […]

  • Magical Times of Day

    Songs at Midnight, Billy Daniels with Benny Payne at the Piano

    Before we had clocks, humans paid more attention to the sky and environment. Read older classics such as the novels of Thomas Hardy and notice how characters make use of all their senses once the sun goes down. They couldn’t simply flick on a light. Even though candles have long been available, they were expensive. […]

  • Writing Thumbnail Character Sketches

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    We see people and things not as they are, but as we are. Anthony de Mello Park: “What did he look like?” Girl: “Well, kind of plain.” Park: “In what way?” Girl: “Just……..ordinary.” Memories of Murder, Bong Joon-Ho (2003) Readers differ in the amount of description they need when reading a fictional character. I remember […]

  • Eavesdropping in Storytelling and Illustration

    Herbert Clark, the psychologist, devoted some of his work to types of roles which we play when communicating. He suggested that there are a number of listener roles. First, there is the addressee…There are also side participants, i.e., those who are not addressed, but are socially/interactionally ratified to listen to what is being said. The […]

  • Baseball Art and Storytelling

    Examples from sports illustrators and book covers

  • Symbolism Of The Circle

    Just as the ocean has both a depth and a surface, the circle has both a centre and a circumference. In this way, there are two aspects to its symbolism.

  • Cryptobotany and Creepy Trees In Stories and Art

    DER ORCHIDEENGARTEN first German fantasy magazine

    With their roots reaching deep into the earth, trees encapsulate the tense relationship of history and modernity.

  • Clouds In Art and Storytelling

    René Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967), daily bread, oil on canvas, 91.6 x 69.8 cm

    “I like the clouds… the clouds that pass… there… there… the wonderful clouds!” Charles Baudelaire, the stranger “As a cloud crosses the sun, silence falls on London; and falls on the mind. Effort ceases. Time flaps on the mast. There we stop; there we stand. Rigid, the skeleton of habit alone upholds the human frame. […]

  • How To Write A Hate Sink Character

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    There are certain character traits which audiences universally dislike. When they appear in fiction, audiences understand ‘this is the character I’m supposed to hate’. This character is called the Hate Sink. I have previously explored how writers create unlikeable but sympathetic characters. There is a list of tricks which have been utilised by storytellers to […]