Twist and steal – grasping inspiration from other books

I'm reading Longbourn, which re-tells Pride and Prejudice from the servants' point of view. It is not a new idea to imagine a classic as told by a minor character (see Wide Sargasso Sea, Mists of Avalon ...) but it made me wonder about more ways to create new stories, using the steal and twist method. For example: I could rewrite The... Continue Reading →

First Draft Forgiveness – let yourself off these ‘writer sins’

I'm currently writing a fast and horrible first draft. Fast because I have the attention span of a gnat on Red Bull, and horrible because I need to just rattle out ideas regardless of style or grace. To do this I need to forgive myself a host of writing sins. I'm finding this very useful and... Continue Reading →

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