Monday Motivation: Just a slender thread of story

Monday Motivation: Just a slender thread of story

‘He might be dead. ‘It’s dreadful but it’s true. Bobby, my younger brother, pulls at my hand and asks again, “Where’s Dr. Congo-man?”’ So starts Inessa Rajah’s essay that won her first prize in The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition, 2016 – the longest-running contest of its kind in the world. It’s been overseen by the … Continue reading

Monday Motivation: Three little questions from David Mamet

Monday Motivation: Three little questions from David Mamet

Three little questions from David Mamet, the American playwright and screenplay writer (think Glengarry Glen Ross, The Untouchables, The Verdict, Wag the dog). He’s addressing writers of film but his remarks apply equally to all writers of fiction (and creative non-fiction). The questions are to be asked as you begin (or review) each new scene: Who wants … Continue reading

Fact in fiction

Fact in fiction

We were intrigued to read this blog by Marilyn Cohen De Villiers. It’s the transcript of a talk she gave at the Jewish Literary Festival in Cape Town on the subject of  fiction and non-fiction, truth and fact. We’ve thought a lot about the subject and discussed it on many an occasion. In one of … Continue reading