… that you actually only have to describe hair color and eye color once? You don’t have to say “her blue eyes looked at him” or something of the sort every ten sentences. Your readers will remember. If a pressing need comes up (like describing how much a character’s appearance has changed or…
Daily writing tip #343 from Frank Delaney.
Illustrations by Donna Mehalko
He remembered them never leaving this room once upon a time. Their bodies wrapped tightly under the white sheets. These four blank walls, were a sanctuary. The room filled with the sent of her perfume. Now the room smelt stale and cheap. He wanted to only remember her breathy kisses, that shade of coral lipstick. It would be left on his lips and in delicate trails down his body, as if she was marking her territory. She was so wild, a lioness. He felt privileged he could tame her enough to get her to spend Sunday mornings in bed but that soon turned into a passionate power struggle. She made him brave, he was an only child with an overbearing mother. He was infatuated, like she had infected his bloodstream. He loved the way she used the word cunt as a term of affection, the way she pressed the button on the traffic lights after she’d crossed the road, they way she left lipstick marks on glasses. He couldn’t function without her, she was heroin. But she needed him, more than he would ever need her. She craved stability. He taught her to appreciate standing still for a while and letting the world be busy. There is a certain pleasure in doing absolutely nothing.
Things that I love
London - Inspired by the BT Infinity broadband adverts
I’m pretty excited. This magazine has been going since 1732 and this is a real step in the right direction with pulling this magazine into the Digital Age.
We now have an App.
And I think that you should all check it out.
It’s all brand spanking new, but we’re planning to expand it with some extra content, once we’ve got this really running. You should check it out.
The App itself is free to download. It’s looking pretty swanky, if I may say so myself.
This week, I reviewed Hilary Mantel’s prize winning novel, Bring Up the Bodies. It’s now featured on The London Magazine’s website.
If you’re interested to hear what it’s about and what I think of it, check it out.
Writing is sacred to me. It is, at times perhaps, a rapture, but not an easy one. I sometimes will question a writer who says, “I love what I do,” because “love” is not exactly the word I would use. Writing is what I know how to do, but it’s also a necessity. To me, there is not much more than the thrill of a well-told story. That’s how I make sense of my world.
It was a day thirty years ago—during tenth-grade English—when my passion for stories became hitched to a more particular ambition. It was winter, through the windows we could see snow falling outside, and our teacher, Mr. Rossiter, was talking about a poem by T.S. Eliot. I don’t remember which poem it was. I don’t remember exactly what he said about it. But I will never forget the look on his face, how his eyes lit up as he spoke about that poem with such fire that I understood that reading that poem had changed him.
I remember thinking to myself: I want to write something that makes someone feel that.
Here’s another review of mine. I’ll start posting the other reviews up here soon too.
In case you have yet to hear about this….
The London Magazine are currently running a Young Poets Competition!
If you want to find out more, click here.
It’s a great opportunity to get published and win some money too :)
My first book review for The London Magazine’s Book Club
A very useful info graphic on story writing
Hey there, tumblr!
Sorry that I have been absent over the last few months! I finished my weekly themes and then work suddenly picked up and suddenly I never had any time for this blog! I will try and change this, however.
The London Magazine is going through some changes. We’re becoming more digitally aware- running a deal with amazon and starting to promote our kindle editions more. We are also going to be set up with itunes shortly.
We have also started an online book club. Here, we’ll be reviewing some recently published books. The main reviewers for this will be the staff of The London Magazine (I am currently waiting for a review from our editor), including myself, so I will hopefully be able to keep you all posted on this.
Thank you for everyone who still follows this blog, in spite of the fact that it’s grown a little stagnant. I hope that I can help inspire you to write, as well as giving you tips along the way.
Thank you <3