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Lesson One: The Importance of Reading
If you want to write – read. Marinate your mind in the sentence and the word.
Lesson Two: Sell your Heart
How do we find a voice? Figure out what’s ours – and only ours – to say?
Lesson Three: Getting Better Acquainted with Words
How do we recognise a hell-raising word from one that just wants a quiet life?
Lesson Four: Creating Characters
How nosy are you about your protagonist? Do you know what she eats for breakfast?
Lesson Five: Planning a Route
To plot or not to plot – that’s the question.
Lesson Six: A Note on Style
Show don’t tell. Well, no, actually – show AND tell.
Lesson Seven: Routines and Rituals
Yes, we need talent – but we also need discipline.
Lesson Eight: The Writer’s Mind
The subconscious mind can be the writer’s greatest helper – or nastiest foe.
Lesson Nine: Keep Human
This lesson exalts the importance of time off.
Lesson Ten: Find your Story
Waiting for the muse to strike? Give it up and get writing.
Lesson Eleven: Listen Up!
If you want to write good dialogue, you need good ears.
Lesson Twelve: A Workshop with Allen Ginsberg
How often do you get the chance to attend a lecture by one of the Beats?
Lesson Thirteen: Place
On capturing the soul of a place in words.
Lesson Fourteen: In Search of a Character with Graham Greene
Hear how Graham Greene gradually evolves a character.
Lesson Fifteen: Write and Repeat
“Easy reading is damned hard writing,” says Maya Angelou.
Lesson Sixteen: Dealing with Critics
If you’re going to put your work out in the world, someone’s going to take a pop at it.
Lesson Seventeen: What I Learned from James Baldwin
Novelist Caryl Phillips considers what we can learn from the great American writer.
Lesson Eighteen: Writer’s Block
Discover Ray Bradbury’s simple trick for overcoming writer’s block.