Seb Reilly

  • Stories have to end. Even if the characters could live on beyond the pages you are writing, the narrative needs to draw to a finish. Stories cannot just fade out. In much the same way as the beginning opens the […]

  • Plural narration is a strange way to write. In third-person narration, you refer to more than one character as they act as a group—a singular entity made up of many. From a second-person viewpoint, you talk to ‘ […]

  • Tall he stands
    wrapped in a green chrysalis
    the man of leaves.

    Old Jack.

    Bound by a ring of roses
    ivy limbs
    feet of oak
    hair of sycamore
    dandelion eyes and grass teeth
    his chlorophyll skin […]

  • When you are telling an anecdote, you do so in your own voice, even if you were present or part of the yarn you are spinning. You don’t make up the story—it is true—though you might embellish certain aspects or ma […]

  • Writing is just one part of being a writer. Editing is another. Assuming you’ve written something, and edited it, you then to move onto the third part of being a writer: submitting.

    Firstly, you need to build u […]

  • Seb Reilly wrote a new post, Glasshole 1 year ago

    Glasshole, they called him. Binnie, like my dad. Well, used to be, before the accident. Back then he was Ben. Ben the bin man. Dealt with rubbish.

    Pissing about, he was. That arm that lifts the bins, can’t r […]

  • Follows: Attitude

    Characters need to become separate from the writer, fully existing in their own rights. By understanding how a character speaks, thinks, and is, a writer can give them life, and the character […]

  • Follows: Thought

    Characters must exist as standalone individuals, yet of course remain entirely fictional and within the writer’s mind until they are written onto the page. As such, they need to have their o […]

  • Follows: Speech

    Characters need to have their own lives as individuals who exists in their own right. They need to be separate from the writer, yet part of them, and that includes how they think.

    How a […]

  • When creating a character, the most important thing to consider is how to make them a fully realised three-dimensional individual who exists in their own right. To do this effectively, they need to take on a life […]

  • When you set out to tell a story, you may find you have the whole thing already in your head. You might have a starting point, or a scene you know you want to write but that occurs in the middle, or at the end. […]

  • Writing is often a solitary pursuit, as the only person able to effectively capture and remove characters and a tale from your own mind is you. That being said, there are always opportunities to spend time with […]

  • It starts with a whisper.

    Ahead, the last leaf on the last tree to turn the colour of fire shudders, waiting for a breath of breeze. Treetop fingers splay across the sky, almost touching, still below the winter […]

  • Considerable importance is given to the closing of a novel, and rightly so. You need to wave your reader off, so they are left with a lingering memory of your story and find themselves thinking and talking about […]

  • A lot of weight is given to the opening of a novel, and for good reason. You need to pull your reader in, so they have no choice but to keep reading. You do this using the five-fingered grip of firsts.
    1. The […]

  • How light the tungsten filament slips
    exposing glass to skin
    braised burns high and solitary
    swept from ash
    owing peace to the void
    until the piece is forgone.

    Spinning in circles below
    the dipping chair […]

  • The history of Thanet in writing is intrinsically linked to the records of Ancient Britain. Britain was first mentioned in writing by Pytheas of Massalia, a Greek geographer and explorer, who tracked Britain’s c […]

  • Dale Shaw is a writer who has worked on TV and radio shows, as well as an author of novels and a podcast producer. In this interview we discuss writing comedy, his advice for writers trying to be funny, and how to […]

  • You open tired eyes when you hear the whisper of your name but you don’t recognise the voice. She’s still asleep, in the chair, an open magazine half-falling off her lap. The kids have come and gone, their kid […]

  • Becoming recognised for something requires more than just doing said thing. A musician does not become noticed without first putting themselves in a position to attract listeners, whether by busking or putting […]

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