- Birthday scenario game: match the month and day for your scenario. I'm trapped in a prison cell with a vampire.
- Plotting flow-chart: looping round with multiple arrows through problems and actions - bookmark this one to try out with your writers' group.
- Word of the day: epithet
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Neil Gaiman wrote a beautiful article on why libraries, reading, and daydreaming matter - with special kudos to science fiction. "The Chinese were brilliant at making things if other people brought them the plans. But they did not innovate and they did not invent. They did not imagine. So they sent a delegation to the US, to Apple, to Microsoft, to Google, and they asked the people there who were inventing the future about themselves. And they found that all of them had read science fiction when they were boys or girls."
- 10 tips for writing good prose with a writerly soul and very little bossiness. My favourites at the moment are #3: "Don’t concentrate on technique, which can be the same as concentrating on yourself. Give yourself to your story." and #10: "Be willing to surprise yourself."
- Spoof documentary on writers' day jobs before they were famous, from BBC Radio 4 (15 mins)
- Unruly's strange and wonderful blog is back, full of weird marvels to admire
"Give a man a fire and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire and he'll be warm for the rest of his life." Terry Pratchett
We've a long way to go when this is still cheer-worthy, but hurrah for George RR Martin:
Because your beautiful, densely written novel is just superb, so can we have it on a postage stamp now please?
Story-boarding at OxCrafters - oddly, for this short story, I found it easiest to draw the events from the end back to the beginning. (Not strictly a giggle but you can laugh at my ungainly cars.)
The last word:
"On every path of your future in which you actually begin to write, there comes from your pen such a flood of lives" Orson Scott Card, Heartfire