• General Writing

    Being / becoming a writer; and creating a blog

    Becoming a writer - QuoScript

    Most of the posts on this blog so far have been about building your craft as a writer.  There will be more of these to come shortly – if you’d like them – but first I feel it is time to get yourself into the mindset of being a writer, or, if you’re just starting out, of becoming one.

  • General Writing

    Characters in search of a plot… and vice versa

    “Genius is formed in quiet, character in the stream of human life.”

    So proclaims Goethe in his play Torquato Tasso. Tasso was a tortured Italian poet who lived in the sixteenth century and influenced and inspired many subsequent writers and artists, including Spenser, Milton, van Dyck and Byron. He was a man so busy polishing his genius he failed to engage with “the stream of human life”. He was celebrated for centuries for his artistic melancholy (aka rudeness); more recently, it has been suggested he was bipolar.

  • General Writing

    The Plot

    Interestingly, the word ‘plot’ often has pejorative undertones.  If you ‘plot’ to do something, you may be branded as a schemer, a devious person, ‘subtle’ in the sense that the devil is said to be subtle, sneaking up on the unsuspecting.

  • General Writing

    Writing: getting started

    QuoScript writing advice

    So far, the posts on this blog have been about reading and writing and their interconnectedness. Future posts will continue to celebrate the relationship between the two, but, whether you are a writer, have always wanted to be one or only just decided to have a go, you probably think it’s time we began talking about the stuff of writing itself; in particular, how to get started.

  • General Writing

    Writing and reading and QuoScript

    Every writer was first a reader – usually no casual reader, but a passionate, obsessed and visceral fan of the written word. In fact, writers are so keen on reading that it almost makes them schizophrenic: that itch that keeps them writing necessarily prevents them from spending all possible hours reading the work of others. It was a phenomenon recognised by W B Yeats, who once said that no writer would not rather be reading than writing.