<![CDATA[polly hall - writer - BLOG]]>Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:36:41 +0100Weebly<![CDATA[What's right with a writing group?]]>Mon, 09 Oct 2017 20:15:56 GMThttp://pollyhall.co.uk/blog/whats-right-with-a-writing-group About every six weeks I meet up with a bunch of friends who enjoy creative writing. We call ourselves a Writing Group but actually we are a Writers' Group. Let me explain.

We meet up to read our pre-written work out loud. There are no restrictions other than to adhere to a pre-agreed topic, usually a one word prompt or some obscure reference that has spawned from our collective subconscious. And a limit of 2 A4 pages or we'd be up all night! But you know what? It always produces a pyroclastic surge of creativity.

For example, last month's diverse topic suggestions were: SCAR, STRAWBERRY ICE-CREAM and MULTIPLE OCCUPANCY. And from our hive mind a terrific collection of pieces were produced. In pure coincidence two Pantoums were offered (more about this form of poetry later), a moving autobiographical piece about a grandchild (yes - there were tears), a sinister clock passing judgement on a first date, emotional scars, physical scars and biological haikus! Plus nostalgic hankerings to old haunts, famous dead painters and classic romantic poems.

What these gatherings show every time, without fail, is the mysterious and wondrous workings of the human brain to create such stories from one or two starting points. One or two members of the group sometimes write their piece on the night (and it's often sickeningly good!).

Therefore, I will defend any critic of the writing group. Some say, 'If you want to write, get on and write. You don't need to join a group to do that.' No, you don't need to. However, a good writer will respect and appreciate others' writing; they can learn how others' have interpreted a topic; become more confident in reading work out to an audience; and connect with other writers. 

Plus, every writer needs a deadline and, with the undivided attention of a captive audience, you get to release what you've written into the big, wide world instead of leaving it to fester in an old notebook. 

I decided to write a pantoum for this meeting (as did my friend, Julie). This form lends itself to repetition of certain lines making up a formulaic poem. My attempt is shown here:
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<![CDATA[Read an extract from my novel here...]]>Tue, 29 Aug 2017 15:25:40 GMThttp://pollyhall.co.uk/blog/read-an-extract-from-my-novel-hereMy extract was chosen by Ink Academy as part of the National Writing Day competition - you can read the first part of my novel, The Taxidermist's Lover on their blog: www.inkacademy.co.uk/2017/07/12/polly-hall-nwd17/]]><![CDATA[And the Runner up for Ink Academy National Writing Day comp is...]]>Tue, 11 Jul 2017 15:35:13 GMThttp://pollyhall.co.uk/blog/and-the-runner-up-for-ink-academy-national-writing-day-comp-isMe! I'll explain...

On the 21st June 2017, it was National Writing Day. As I was scrolling through the gazillions of #NationalWritingDay tweets, I found the Ink Academy competition for unpublished writers. To be honest, it was a last minute entry for which I thank Twitter. I love Twitter!

Anyhow, I'm thrilled to reveal that an extract from the beginning of my unpublished novel, The Taxidermist's Lover, will be featuring on the Ink Academy site very soon.

Find out more about Ink Academy here...

www.inkacademy.co.uk/2017/07/11/nwd2017/
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<![CDATA[ZeroFlash fiction turns to the dark side...]]>Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:03:33 GMThttp://pollyhall.co.uk/blog/zeroflash-fiction-turns-to-the-dark-sideRead my new fiction - Playing God - here on the Zero Flash site zeroflash.org/stand-alone-flash-pieces/ 
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<![CDATA[Notes on a River]]>Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:50:09 GMThttp://pollyhall.co.uk/blog/notes-on-a-riverDelighted to win the Page is Printed competition (at the Tacchi Morris Theatre) with this poem. It was inspired by the wonderful Theatre Melange & Somerset Libraries collaboration - Out of the Mouth of the Parrett. Here 'tis...
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