Monday, 1 September 2014


I've just come back from a holiday in France which is a country full of interesting details. Beautiful windows in homes, rows of fabulous trees, cakes that might be miniature works of art. Details are important. If I write a story about Frankie, who has a dog, well chosen details help build a picture. Is the dog a teacup chihuahua or a staffie? Is Frankie a Francis, Frances, Francesca, Gian-Franco? Is his or her t-shirt bright white or faded, designer made or cheap and cheerful?

While I was in France I crossed the Saint Nazaire Bridge on the West Coast. This gives access from Brittany to the Vendee and is a huge, curved, twisted, clever and awesome construction. When I first saw it, futuristic and apocalyptic, (I'm a wimp) I wanted to change my mind about crossing it. On the other side of it though, I felt as though a small achievement had been made and that I was somehow better for having crossed this uncomfortable looking construction.

Bridges can be physical or metaphorical.

Think about how the idea of a bridge can be used as a metaphor. Write any ideas that come to you onto paper. Persevere with gathering ideas until you have a point of view you've not considered before or something you'd like to write about.

Create a structure for writing a story that crosses from one place to another. Write it to any length that pleases you. 

Don't forget to concentrate on details to sharpen your story.