When I first started writing, I wrote (and drew!) by hand. Fairly soon after, I started writing using my mum’s computer and saving to a floppy disk (this was the late ‘90s). I found that typing was a) more legible, b) easier and...Read More
Author: Kristina Adams
I grew up in a town where English was a subject that was looked down on. How could you possibly need to study English any more when you already know how to read and write? What’s the point in studying plays and poetry and language acquisition? The point is because the more you know about language, the more immune you become to its effects.
Language is an incredible tool and like any great power, can be used for good and evil. What’s important is how you use it. How you say something is often more important than what you actually mean.
Take the following clip from Russell Howard’s Good News. It shows the difference between Ebola coverage in the US and the UK.Read More
The importance of the relationship between reading and writing can never be overstated. In my first year of a Creative Writing degree at the University of Derby, we had a module called ‘Writers Reading’. In it, we were...Read More
There are so many different forms of poetry that it’s hard to keep up. This is by no means a complete list — there are always going to be some that get missed — but I have tried to include as many as I could, and will update it as necessary.
This isn’t an in-depth list. You can click on the links under each for more detailed explanations and examples. I find the best way to learn about a new form is to read as much about it as possible, then attempt to write one as close to the rules as possible. What works for you may be different.
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We all have times when we’re feeling maudlin and sorry for ourselves, and sometimes listening to another person’s wise words helps to kick us out of our funk. Therefore, here are ten quotes to inspire you and get you...Read More
I have asked so many people why they hate poetry, and it’s because they see it as something ethereal, something impossible to understand. They were forced to study highbrow poetry at school, and never introduced to younger...Read More
We all go through phases of self doubt, but what do you do when that self doubt starts to take over? For some, it’s not a five minute panic of not being able to do something. For some people it becomes impossible to do...Read More
When it comes to the world of good grammar, there are three types of people: a) the ones that don’t know the rules of grammar and don’t care, b) the ones that know but don’t care if they or someone else makes a mistake, and c)...Read More
It’s a well-documented fact that J.K.Rowling suffers from depression. When she first began to write the Harry Potter books, she’d moved back from Portugal to Scotland, had separated from her partner, was unemployed and had a...Read More
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