The Beach Hut

The Beach Hut

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Writing Group Homework

I have been attending a writing group for four years now and I thought some of my readers might be interested in the writing exercises we do.  This is September’s homework assignment:

Integrate dialogue with some kind of action – give the characters something to do whilst they talk. To get you in the mood, think of cafĂ© or restaurant scenes, or driving in a car – immediately I think of films and how rarely dialogue exchanges are static – the characters are also eating or getting dressed or watching TV or preparing food , etc, etc.  Make a list of activities a character or characters might be doing as they talk, about 10-12 activities. Pick one and write a dialogue exchange, remembering to integrate your character’s dialogue with the action.

If you’d like to see my own effort you can find it here.

Sunday, 1 September 2013


I've posted about Syria before here, and remembering the wonderful time we had in Damascus, Ugarit and Latakia, the visits to souks, castles and coffee houses and, of course, the wonderful people we met, I wanted to show you just two of the sights from that time in 2005/6.

The pelicans were on the beach at Tartus in northern Syria and we saw the fishermen relaxing in the shade on a small island off the coast of Tartus after we'd enjoyed a short boat ride in the scorching hot sun - we too welcomed the shade offered by the cafe.