How to write brilliantly: Blogsync English

Ok, so I’m a little behind, but I do like the blogsync idea – a team of twitter teachers all blogging about the same topic each month. I’m pretty sure “great writers” was May, but hey  it was half-term. This time around, it was all about how to create “convincing and compelling” writers. In the teaching of writing it’s easy to condense writing into frames and acronyms – PEE, PEA, PEAL, PETAL, WETRATS and so on. While these do have some merit, in making sure students understand basic paragraphing, I’d argue that by the time students get to thinking about …

Why I don’t write #6: Because it’s a blank page

There’s maybe nothing as intimidating as a screen o white, or a page with nothing but rows and rows of blank lines. But then again, shouldn’t there be nothing as exciting as these possibilities ?I’s all a question of perception, the old half-full-half-empty dilemma, which is all about interpretation. There’s nothing good or bad without thinking makes it so, and sometimes my thinking is my biggest barrier. Worries crowd out creative thought – but you can’t put off writing until the creative faucet hits, because you’ll find that soon there’s just something else to worry about instead. Writing needs to …

Writing feedback: Joy

Received some very helpful feedback on a story today: We thought ‘Joy’ was a good short piece, somewhere between flash fiction and a short story. That said, there was rather too much telling and not enough showing. The fairy tale air gave it a very ethereal quality, but it writing needs to be less descriptive in order to leave more to the imagination. It’s always interesting how different people see writing – I liked the fairy-tale element (which was designed to be more told, because of the slightly distanced nature of fairy-tales, which they picked up on) that this story …