English teacher interested in language and culture, and also in fiction using magic, myth, folklore and the supernatural. Now teaching part-time in a Leicester Upper School (ages 14-19) and also writing for children, teens and teachers.
This is the second in my occasional series highlighting resources that I think others might also find helpful. The first such post is here, if you missed it.
Emma Darwin Dissecting a Paragraph
This Itch of Writing, Emma Darwin's blog, is another treasure trove of writing advice and discussion about craft. This particular post focuses on an exquisite paragraph from Elizabeth Bowen's The Heat of the Day, which Emma analyses closely to show how it works to evoke action effectively. As with other blogs recommended here, this is well worth exploring and following.
Linda Lewis on Finding and Using Ideas
The Writer's Treasury of Ideas, out now from womag writer and writing tutor Linda Lewis, has loads of accessible advice on making use of all aspects of life in your writing. It's a great book for dipping into, with themed sections exploring lots of different areas. There are writing exercises and Linda has even generously shared some of her stories as examples.