Stories and Outtakes

As writers we produce so much that it often doesn’t always fit into a specific category. Here you will find some of my stories and outtakes. Enjoy!

The Heroine’s Journey of Discovery

It's September, and in honour of all the kids going back to school, I was doing some computer hard drive house-cleaning. Not that I need the space but it does keep me from doing chores like cobweb-hunting and folding laundry. I signed up for what looks to be a...

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2017 When Words Collide – Craft A Killer Opening

Dwayne Clayden - FIRST AID 4 WRITERS - weekly writing tips for authors wanting to bring accuracy to their writing and realism to medical, police, EMS and disaster scenes. They look at first line, first page, maybe the first ew pages – if you don’t hook them by then,...

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2016 When Words Collide – Writing Trilogies

You have to have a core idea that can be sustained over three books – take your vision expand on it, add characters, create a lush story. Take the kernel of story from the first book and developing it more fully. Drawbacks – it’s not the right time or the write story....

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From 2016 When Words Collide – And then the fight began

To be believable, you have to be comfortable with the genre. Read fight scenes - adapt and retread your favourites Read famous examples: Sword fight in Scaramouche Bullfights in The Sun Also Rises Intense Violence in Naked Lunch Anything by Lee Child - Jack Reacher...

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The Real You – Do We Ever Know?

Alan Watts was a British philosopher, writer, and speaker who spent much of his life in San Francisco. Best known as an interpreter and visionary who popularized Eastern philosophy for a Western audience, the concepts contained in his books still resonate today....

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George Orwell Skewers Mark Twain

Would that George Orwell and Mark Twain could see the current state of writing, especially in the political sphere. 'Cheap immigrant labour' and 'Big Business'? The Gilded Age has morphed into tin. What a cage-match these two titans of literature would have debating...

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Fear with longing….

It's called lack of confidence. Fear of being slagged. Not wanting to listen to those who don't write but find it easy to critique what you've written and rewritten and lost sleep over. We budding writers always worry - what if there's a germ of truth in their sharp...

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Screenplay Structure: The Five Plot Points

If the sequences are what shape a screenplay's three-act structure, then the five major plot points are the building blocks behind sequence construction: Inciting Incident, Lock In, Midpoint, Main Culmination, and Third Act Twist. Nearly every well-constructed...

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