Category Archives: Miscellaneous

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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What makes J K Rowling’s Harry Potter so successful?

Copyright © 2013 Jerry Dunne We’ll look at Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first book in the series, which set the pace and standard for the others to follow. Certainly the book’s success partly reflects readers’ love of … Continue reading

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The creative writer in a state of idleness

Copyright © 2013 Jerry Dunne Lazing on a bench by the river Nidd in the old market town of Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, I was staring at people climbing in and out of hired rowing boats. A couple had just settled … Continue reading

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