Dinner Date

Dinner Date

Authors, critics and experts on writing have identified various models for the creation of characters. One particular model offers four ways to create a character: purely from the imagination (the “ideal” character); by the author basing the character on...
Night Cafe

Night Cafe

This very short piece was an exercise in starting a new story completely from scratch.  The idea for this one came from a dream I had. I had never been in the café before. I’d noticed it often enough when visiting the city in the past and I had liked its...
We need to talk about Kevin

We need to talk about Kevin

Please be aware that this short excerpt contains swearing and violence from the outset. This short scene is intended to introduce a stereotypical character who turns out to be more complex than you might first think. “For fuck’s sake ref! Are you fucking...
Palmyra

Palmyra

This is a short character piece, inspired by something heard on the radio.  It is slightly longer than originally intended. “A United Nations representative has today confirmed that Islamic State forces appear to have destroyed the Temple of Bel and other major...