The Prologue From Jan Moran Neil’s Novel ‘Blackberry Promises’ Available On Amazon

The Prologue From Jan Moran Neil’s Novel ‘Blackberry Promises’ Available On Amazon

  The Old Bailey – January 1960 Lily Lee’s Story Footfalls in the corridor; time to tell her story. ‘Miss Lee,’ the usher says, ‘you’re called for witness now.’ Lily Lee stares at the usher’s polished shoes – you could see your face in those shoes – she hears her father saying. She follows the shoes up the short corridor which leads to the number … Continue reading The Prologue From Jan Moran Neil’s Novel ‘Blackberry Promises’ Available On Amazon

another ten exercises to kick start your writing day

Ten Exercises To Start your Writing Day 

Keeping the Police out of the Study List all the things you need to do today and then write at the bottom – I will get ‘A Round Tuit’ when I have written 600 good words.  (This has the effect of making those tasks wait for you and not dictate to you.) Write about the policeman or woman who sits on your shoulder.  Tell him … Continue reading Ten Exercises To Start your Writing Day 

kick start your writing brain

Kick Start Your Writing Brain

Kick Start Your Writing Brain – Firing The Mind Write what you can see from your window – but you cannot use the letter ‘e’. That lovely little letter is verboten!  (Watch the directions your mind goes in when it must wear this restrictive corset.  Restrictions can create possibilities) Find how many words you can make out of the words ‘CREATIVITY’ and then write a … Continue reading Kick Start Your Writing Brain

exercises to kick start your writing day

Exercises To Kick Start Your Writing Day

The Next Ten Exercises   After a few mouthfuls of All Bran, you may stare at the laptop’s blank canvas in despair.  Don’t panic!   There are a number of ways – I’m going to give you the second ten – to kick start the writing brain.  The idea is to get the creative mind into ‘flow’.  Write for only seven minutes before you start work on … Continue reading Exercises To Kick Start Your Writing Day

The Children Act by Ian McEwan

A leading High Court judge is faced with making both a private and a public decision. It’s a perfect juxtaposition. Does this fifty nine year old wife end her marriage to a faithless husband of thirty years? That’s, unfortunately, not an unusual dilemma. But at the same time the woman has to make the extraordinary decision. Does she allow a young seventeen year old to … Continue reading The Children Act by Ian McEwan

A President In Waiting by Jan Moran Neil

A New Play by Jan Moran Neil

The inspiration for my fifth play, ‘A President in Waiting …’ came from watching Yael Farber and Thembi Mtshali’s ‘A Woman in Waiting’ at the Baxter Theatre last September. Farber and Mtshali’s one woman play re-visits the landscape of a Zulu woman’s childhood and her growing up in South Africa during apartheid. I wondered if I could write a sequel.  If a young Xhosa woman … Continue reading A New Play by Jan Moran Neil

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Ways to Kick Start Your Writing Day

In a series of articles, Jan Moran Neil gives tips for exercises that will give your creative mind a boost You may be working on an autobiography, a novel, a script or collection of poetry and short stories.  So try these short ‘kick start’ exercises: Your Personal Experience You have a memory store: a landscape where your past history sits waiting for you to re-discover. … Continue reading Ways to Kick Start Your Writing Day