Monthly Archives: May 2013

Sympathy for Agency Readers…

As an aspiring writer, I have of course experienced the frustration of rejection letters from agents and publishers. Having come maddeningly close to actual publication a couple of times, it is all too easy for me to moan about the … Continue reading

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Endings Part 2: Know your ending?

I recently had an avid discussion with a writer friend of mine about whether or not it is important to know your ending before you begin writing a story. My friend believes you can discover the ending organically by beginning … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Great Gatsby

Is Baz Luhrmann’s take on F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby great? Perhaps. Contrary to most reviews, it’s certainly unusually good. In fact, it is possibly the most unfairly maligned film this year. For those unfamiliar with the … Continue reading

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Endings Part 1: The Right Ending

WARNING: this article contains potential spoilers for Atonement, The Remains of the Day, The Godfather Part II, Great Expectations, Romeo and Juliet, To Kill a Mockingbird, Life of Pi, No Country for Old Men, and Mockingjay. Some people claim to … Continue reading

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Film Review – Star Trek Into Darkness

JJ Abrams’ previous Star Trek reboot was an unqualified success – a fast paced, exciting, witty science-fiction adventure that didn’t outstay its welcome, nor did it force heavy handed messages about tolerance down the audience’s throat (as had become the … Continue reading

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The Importance of Research

Know your subject is advice often given to writers. The writer should know every single detail of their characters and the world they inhabit – not just stuff that will obviously crop up in the narrative, such as childhood trauma, … Continue reading

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My father’s favourite films

It’s the 7th of May 2013: one year to the day that my father passed away. I didn’t want to mark the occasion in a maudlin, depressing way, but I started to think about his favourite films and eventually decided … Continue reading

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Film Review – I Wish

The effect of divorce on offspring has been explored many times in many films, but I Wish from Japan offers fresh and fascinating insights. Twelve-year-old Koichi has been separated from his younger brother Ryunosuke due to his parents divorce. But … Continue reading

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