We’re getting ready for a new batch of videos, which will be focusing on selecting material. That’s coming throughout next week, but in the meantime, we’ve been working on this trailer for our fledgling YouTube channel 🙂
Below this video there’s a passage full of over-stating – if you’re looking for a writing exercise, have a go rewriting it replacing the over-stated descriptions with something more subtle – with a true and accurate descriptions of the facts.
The smell of the pub was so vile that I nearly gagged. The noise was deafening and puddles of beer sloshed around the floor. Near the bar a group of nearly-naked women, their skirts like belts, screamed so loudly I thought glasses might shatter. I fought my way through the stench of cheap perfume and leant on the crumbling bar. The barman, a humungous knuckle-dragging lout, grudgingly poured me a beer and crashed it onto the decrepit bar, spilling most of the liquid over my feet. As soon as I sipped the beer I thought I was going to be sick. One of the women must have seen me wincing because her inch-thick layer of makeup cracked as she cackled to her cronies.
Anton Chekhov, one of the greatest of all short story writers, said ‘I think I think that when one has finished writing a short story one should delete the beginning and the end.’
read video transcript
When discussing story and plot, it’s standard for creative writing tutors to introduce a diagram to illustrate the structure of a story. But which diagram should you follow? And how much can a drawing really teach you about structuring your narrative?
Want to know what D.D. Johnston’s favourite book was when he was a kid? Probably not. But he’s going to use it to illustrate a rule of storytelling that holds for almost every genre of writing.