Daily Verse – Gather Together.

For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.’ Matthew 18:20 NIVUK Gather - sunagó - to convene, to come together in a hospital way. With them - in the midst (alt.trans) - mesos - middle, amongst, between. In this verse Jesus is giving us an assurance that no matter… Continue reading Daily Verse – Gather Together.

The ‘Chicken and the Egg’ Guide for Creatives?

It is a common catchphrase - which came first, the chicken or the egg? - which appears to have a simple answer, either way, until you come to justify it. Apparently, it was Plutarch which first posed the question in the 1st Century AD, addressing the problems of origin and first cause. Aristotle, writing four… Continue reading The ‘Chicken and the Egg’ Guide for Creatives?

Daily Verse – Gladness and Singing.

Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Psalms 100:2 NIVUK The Hebrew word translated here as ‘worship’ - ‘iḇ·ḏū - is more correctly ‘to serve’ - to be linked together in a close bond. We are to be bonded to serve God with gladness - bə·śim·ḥāh - with pleasure, rejoicing, joyfulness. King… Continue reading Daily Verse – Gladness and Singing.

Creative Mindfulness.

Mindfulness is the new mantra covering a lot of areas from simple meditation to a mental health checklist. Some meditation and mindfulness techniques exhort you to think of 'nothing'. Hit the eco-setting, dim the screen, go to a blank screen rather than screensaver. If you are a creative then this is probably impossible. If you… Continue reading Creative Mindfulness.

Words Fail Me.

I've been trying to write an update of where I currently am creatively for over a week. Literally, the words have failed me. I've struggled to even write a handful of words. I've reflected upon the reasons for my sudden wordly-mutism. The closest reason I can come to is that it is like having another… Continue reading Words Fail Me.

Writing A Character Series.

Check out this excellent Guardian newspaper article interviewing a host of essential authors writing in the detective genre. Lee Child, Ian Rankin, Michael Connelly, Val McDermaid, Ann Cleeves, and others talk about how they came to write their series and the impact of doing so. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jun/27/me-and-my-detective-by-lee-child-attica-locke-sara-paretsky-jo-nesb-and-more

The 12 Stages of the Screenwriter’s Journey – ScreenCraft

Applying the twelve stages of Joseph Campbell's The Hero's Journey to The Screenwriter's Journey. Source: The 12 Stages of the Screenwriter's Journey - ScreenCraft This a great article from Ken Miyamoto - no attempt to summarise this - you have to read the whole thing for yourselves. I hope you get as much from it… Continue reading The 12 Stages of the Screenwriter’s Journey – ScreenCraft

Embracing the Void.

Photo by Tania Malréchauffé on Unsplash This is another post from the Archive. I've hit a point in my current working project where I've had to take stock of what is there and what isn't there in the story so far. This post came to mind as a guide for me as I am reviewing… Continue reading Embracing the Void.

A Tale of Two Writers – Michael Connelly and John Grisham

To begin at the beginning, this is not an exhaustive comparison of Connelly and Grisham. There will be plenty of writers/journalists out there who have already done this better than I can. These are my thoughts and notes from a great interview with the two authors by the bookseller Waterstones, earlier this evening. Connelly and… Continue reading A Tale of Two Writers – Michael Connelly and John Grisham

To Know Your Story or To Not Know Your Story – That Is My Question?

Usually I would advise you to read this article before you continue with my thoughts, but not today. There is enough in Ken Miyamoto's excellent article to keep you going for days! I've been researching movie/play scripts for a little while now. There are many ways in which novels and movies differ, but what I… Continue reading To Know Your Story or To Not Know Your Story – That Is My Question?