Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Why writing drama is harder than writing a novel

Copyright © 2017 Jerry Dunne At a mere glance, the idea that writing drama is harder than novel writing may seem astonishing when we consider that most plays are a lot shorter than even a short novel, and that, dialogue … Continue reading

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The storytelling elements of the short story and the shorter play have much in common. So how might this be an advantage for the writer?

Copyright © 2017 Jerry Dunne INTRODUCTION The length of the short story discussed here is not much more than 10, 000 words and the length of the shorter play not beyond a 90 minute performance and often shorter. Here I … Continue reading

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Intellectual versus emotional inspiration in the creative writing process

Copyright © 2016 Jerry Dunne I include here a definition of these two types of inspiration, offer a practical example of each from my own work and point out some pros and cons of the two approaches. Of course, inspiration … Continue reading

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The struggle to finish that first novel

Copyright © 2015 Jerry Dunne I get a fair few e-mails from people telling me they’re about to give up on trying to finish their first novel (or have already given up) and can I offer them any advice on … Continue reading

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How to write a modern fable for the adult reader

Copyright © 2013 Jerry Dunne Here we will look at how to write a modern fable for the adult reader. As this is our first attempt, to make it easier we’ll use one of Aesop’s fables, The Ass, the Cock … Continue reading

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How to create a saying

Copyright © 2013 Jerry Dunne The type of saying we will look at here expresses nuanced truths in an ironic and often witty way. This might sound like quite a lofty thing to try for but it’s not as difficult … Continue reading

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Those forgotten great ideas

Copyright © 2013 Jerry Dunne This post is about two great ideas I had then lost, why I lost them, whether I even had them, but what I gained from it all, anyway. One night, having twisted and turned for … Continue reading

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