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Script-writing has its own disciplines.  One of the things that the script writer needs to overcome almost before ever they commit a thought to their computer is how to handle the formatting conventions expected if you are to get your scripts accepted by possible buyers. Of course you can struggle with a regular word processor or you can splash out…

Cinquains – are short five line poems following a prescribed format.  Here are a few I wrote at the little writer’s group I’ve recently joined. Train hard, harsh huffing, hissing, haranguing straining on taught leash thoroughbred Coffee black, deep tingling, rising, steaming chattering on noisy platforms friends Train noisy, oily thrumming, drumming, blackening time does not wait proletariat

The storm had already been lording it over the island for two days.  Rumbling, rolling, rollicking thunder shook the deep roots of the very rock itself.  Searing rips of light tore the fabric of the heavens apart.  The monk lay on his stomach and watched through the small opening in his cell.  The wind clawed at the mountain above him.…

I’ve just started an interesting coaching assignment, working on voice, tone and pitch for a TV series. The actors involved have varying levels of ability.  The thing that makes it different from other recent assignments is that the script is written in two languages; one of which I don’t speak. I might not be able to understand a word that…

Blogs really need to be kept up to date or there really is no point in them.  Sorry there has been a bit of a leave of absence here.  It’s not that I haven’t been working, it’s just I’ve had lots of other exciting things to do. It’s a shame really since there’s been a lot I could have posted.…

If you’re in business you’ll know that getting your message straight is critical to success.  Mixed messages leave your customers confused and wondering what you and your business are about.  If your voice is to be heard above the general noise of the marketplace then you’d better be sure that you’re communicating clearly and consistently.  Here are five good reasons…

LAST WEEK I WAS TALKING ABOUT YOUR MESSAGE AND MAKING SURE THAT OUR COMMUNICATION IS DIRECT AND UNAMBIGUOUS. THIS WEEK I WANTED TO FOCUS ON SOME OF REASONS WHY OUR MESSAGE CAN GET MUDDLED. IF WE ARE TO BE ABLE TO USE OUR VOICES EFFECTIVELY WE MUST FIRST BE CLEAR ABOUT WHAT WE’VE GOT TO SAY. IN MY WORK I…

An effective and natural treatment for sore throats and coughs is a simple honey & lemon drink. Juice half a fresh lemon into a mug. Add a good teaspoon of honey and then add boiled water that has been allowed to cool for a few minutes. Stir and then sip slowly. Any honey will do but a good quality manuka…

Let the words flow like a river gushing and frothing cascading headstrong torrent tumbling and reckless careless in their carousing crashing and bashing and wrecking Pausing for breath rest an athlete exhausted from the race panting gasping racked what power dissipated wasted spent still strength remains beneath Unleashed the headlong rush resumes finding new purpose in voice resounding bass drowns…

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