Friday, 17 January 2014

The next meeting of the BWC is:


Monday, 20th January 2014

7.15 pm to 9.15 pm

The Brown Jug Pub, Ramsgate
Road, Broadstairs



All writers welcome

  
Mss readings




Many thanks to all those at the last meeting - 
interesting and intelligent comments 
on some excellent mss.




 
Contact Details:


Trisha Scott - 01843 602853

or 




 

News

Advance Notice of Guest Speaker
A poetry treat at the 
Monday, 17th February meeting!!

The prize-winning Canterbury Poet, Derek Sellen, will be giving a talk on poetry 
and reading some of his work
on the theme 'Sea and Land'.
Questions welcome - and please bring your own poetry work for reading out.



Don't forget the Short Story Competition:
https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/
competitions

Adult short story up to 2,000 words on the 
theme of 'the visit'. 
Closing date is midnight, Saturday 15th February 2014.
Prizes: £500; a place on an Arvon residential writing course
of your choice; and publication on their website.



Open Mic Poetry and Spoken Word Night
Thursday, 28th January from 8pm
Free entry - the Lifeboat Bar, Margate
For more Information or for booking your slot - 
contact Jamie Thomson on jamiesinbox@gmail.com
and see Margate-Lyrical on Facebook.


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Remember: 
Exaggeration is a billion times worse 
than understatement.
Don't never use a double negative.
 Proofread carefully to see if you words out.
Take the bull by the hand and avoid 
mixing metaphors.


A frantic screenwriter stomps around his psychiatrist's office, running trembling hands through his hair and sobbing.
'Doc, my memory's gone!  I can't remember my wife's name, where I live, my kids' names. Can't remember what car I drive.  Can't remember what script I'm working on.  It was all I could do to find my way here, to you!'
'Calm down,' replies the Doc.  'How long have you been like this?'
'Like what?'


Lost in a wood, a writer came across three characters from whom he could ask directions: a publisher who prints everything you can write for him, Red Riding Hood and an agent.
Which did he chose?  The agent, of course.  The other two were  fantasy.



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It's said that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, liked the odd practical joke.  And he apparently sent a telegram to twelve friends of standing and power, saying: 'Flee at once, the secret is discovered'.  Within 24 hours, all twelve left the country.



'The difference between fiction and reality?  
Fiction has to make sense.'
Tom Clancy



Lewis Carroll - 'Alice in Wonderland':
'Begin at the beginning,' the King said, very gravely, 
'and go on till you come to the end; 
then stop.'


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Friday, 3 January 2014

The next meeting of the BWC is:


Monday, 6th January 2014

7.15 pm to 9.15 pm

The Brown Jug Pub, Ramsgate
Road, Broadstairs



All writers welcome

  
Mss readings










We wish all our members and readers 
a very healthy, successful 
and prosperous 2014!
   

 
Contact Details:


Trisha Scott - 01843 602853

or 




 

News



There's a new book about 
writing out that should be pretty good: 
'

Creative Writing and Stylistics: Creative and Critical Approaches (Approaches to Writing)


by Dr Jeremy Scott

He's a lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of Kent
'This book shows writers how stylistic techniques can help enhance their fiction.'
It's available on Amazon


An interesting web-site:

www.authorspublish.com/11-ways-writing-a-novel-changed-my-life


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Remember - double negatives are a no, no;
and - avoid  clich├ęs  like the plague.


How many cover blurb writers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A vast and teeming horde stretching from sea to shining sea!!!



A writer died and was given the option of going to heaven or hell.  She decided to check out each place first. As the writer descended into the fiery pits, she saw row upon row of writers chained to their desks in a steaming sweatshop. As they worked, they were repeatedly whipped with thorny lashes.  “Oh my,” said the writer. “Let me see heaven now.” A few moments later, as she ascended into heaven, she saw rows of writers, chained to their desks in a steaming sweatshop. As they worked, they, too, were whipped with thorny lashes.  “Wait a minute,” said the writer. “This is just as bad as hell!”  “Oh no, it’s not,” replied an unseen voice.  Here, your work gets published.”



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'You can't wait for inspiration,
you have to go after it with a club.'
Jack London


'Get it down.  Take Chances.  It may be bad, 
but its the only way you can do anything really good.'
William Faulkner



'Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined
to write 'very'; your editor will delete it
and the writing will be just as it should be.'
Mark Twain



'The writer's job is to get the main character up a tree, 
and then once they are up there, 
throw rocks at them.'
Vladimir Nabokov