Knowing your Characters (Part 1)

Inspired by the idea of the interior decorator’s best friend, the Mood Board, I began to beg, borrow and steal magazines and leaflets from my family and friends. Well, actually, I didn’t steal them because you never know when you might need that friend or family member so better to not risk offence. I didn’t …

Changing Times

One of the words that has changed dramatically, even since my parents’ generation, is ‘high’. They would have referred to a high mountain or described a kite as flying high. Now we have abbreviations such as hi-tech, hi-vis, hi-fi and wi-fi. Where is it all going in such a rush? We were the last generation …

Benacre Bird Hide

As I climbed the steps to this new bird-hide, I felt the smoothness of the rail beneath my hand. Then, pushing open the door, I breathed in the smell of newly cut timber. Two forward facing windows looked over the expanse of lake, with the stillness of pine trees stretching into the distance, and gently …

The importance of research

This month’s meeting of the Whittlesey  Wordsmiths will be looking at the growing trend in novels, to explore in detail the occupations of the main characters.  As well as the usual detectives, and girls who inherit properties from unknown relatives, I have come across a tree surgeon and a designer of stained glass windows.   A …

Inspiration for Characters

The sources that inspire characters are as varied as the characters themselves. A lot will depend on the setting you have chosen and the period. A demure young virgin might fit better into a Victorian drama, than into a racy modern rom-com but there is a need for caution in all eras. We have all …

Looking for Inspiration

At the May meeting of the Whittlesey Wordsmiths, we started to look at how we would choose a location to provide a setting for our stories/novels. The main considerations were: Suitable for the story Do you need a particular building, such as a library or a shopping centre, or maybe a tower block? This would …

Let’s be SENSE-IBLE Part 5

As most stories are told in terms of what we see, these five articles have covered the other senses, so our final part is a look at the sixth sense which is still a bit of a mystery to us. Much has been written, and even more passed down the generations by word of mouth, …

Let’s be SENSE-IBLE 4

Following our journey through the senses, we look at Touch. This is a sense familiar in all cultures but perhaps valued differently in various regions. In the west, we are not known for being great huggers and our private space is greater. Post-Covid we are even more conscious of our closeness to others; perhaps less …