Monday Motivation: A small lesson in economy

Monday Motivation: A small lesson in economy

-Richard Beynon I came across a movie short the other day. Beautifully shot, wonderfully orchestrated, it tells the poignant story of a toy robot’s dreams and adventures – in just two minutes and 42 seconds. It’s called Address is Aproximate. Why this is relevant to writers and writing has everything to do with its economy. … Continue reading

The writing and publishing process: the hideous infant

The writing and publishing process: the hideous infant

-Jo-Anne Richards I love this image of a book-in-progress:  “a kind of hideously damaged infant that follows the writer around … hideously defective, hydrocephalic and noseless and flipper-armed and incontinent and retarded and dribbling cerebrospinal fluid out of its mouth as it mewls and burbles and cries out to the writer, wanting love, wanting the … Continue reading

Monday Motivation: Quite wonderfully Awful (TM)

Monday Motivation: Quite wonderfully Awful (TM)

-Richard Beynon Have you ever found yourself using a figurative expression in a literal way? “I was literally climbing the wall,” you said.  Or: “She was literally foaming at the mouth.” Or, as Rabbi Baruch Koff, a defender of Richard Nixon during his Watergate ordeal, protested: “The American press has literally emasculated President Nixon.” That … Continue reading

Workshop with Jacana Media’s Bridget Impey

Workshop with Jacana Media’s Bridget Impey

Writers of all persuasions gathered in Parkview on Monday night to hear Bridget Impey, publishing director at Jacana Media, share her insights into the South African publishing industry, at our first monthly workshop for this year. As always, the evening started with an exercise, one designed to demonstrate the art of impactful description, and a variety of delightful … Continue reading