Once Upon A Yikes…

1. Invention, Story power

Help for perfectionists

Every word in a story has to be followed by another (at least, till the last full stop).

Sometimes only one word could meaningfully follow. At other times, you could choose from thousands. (The average, apparently, is ten.)

Perfectionists find it hard to make a choice, in case it’s not the “right” word, and find themselves blocked.

I’ve created an entertaining one-hour online course for anybody who needs help with that. It’s HERE.

Writing made harder, made easier.

1. Invention

Georges Perec, who found artistic freedom in formal constraint.

Perec wrote a novel without the letter E, good enough on its own merits for at least one reviewer to miss that detail.

(A subsequent work used no vowel except E.)

Silly word games? You might think so. Perec was a complex man who lost both parents as a boy. His mother died in Auchwitz.

Growing up shy, given to joking rather than baring his soul, Perec only found expression in formal devices.

But if you think about it, writing his novel La Disparition (The Disappearance) without using the letter we most rely on was an artistic manoeuvre with plainly autobiographical significance.

Starting next week I’m running online classes for people who want to be better writers. In this one I’ll focus the benefit of formal constraints.

Details on my Events page. Do join me. Thank you for reading.