These are the Motivators That Every Person Has (Even if They’re Fictional…)

Sometimes we have to cut the crap and get down to business. Making educated guesses about people so that we can predict their behaviour is one of the most important things we do as social animals. Even something as tiny as having visible pupils on white backgrounds in our eyes give humans an advantage over […]

Harness the Power of Accents and Dialect (and Know the Difference)

Whether you’re trying to figure out how you come across to people or creating a character for the page or stage, one of the key considerations in how they or you communicate is accent & dialect. An audience (reader/audience/colleague/friend etc.) will connect meaning to your natural state and choices based on stereotypes & prejudice, and […]

The Only Way to Treat the Things You’re Scared to Do

You’re walking through the woods, minding your own business, enjoying the song of birds, the buzz of bees, the hiss of a snake… wait, what? Unusual in Forest of Dean perhaps but not unheard of; just go with it. You see the snake, you think snakes are dangerous, they chomp their scary jaws into happy […]

A Cure for Writers Block (Warning: here be dragons)

There’s little more horrifying to a writer than a blank page and a winking cursor. I mean it’s literally winking at you. Bastard. We talk about writers block like it’s a disease that we can catch We talk about writers block like it’s a disease that we can catch – I can’t come round, I have […]

A Source of Inspiration: The Artistic Family Tree

There are two mutually exclusive categories of history that apply to creative work too. One is the Heroic Theory in which great people come along, do pretty amazing things and change the course of history forever. These geniuses are usually described as challenging conventional thinking, mould-breaking and “before their time” or alternatively derided, abused and […]

The Most Creative Question You Can Ask

Questions, when used properly, are the most creative forces in the universe. Almost all scientific breakthroughs were questions before they were answers and many of them were answers to different questions; ones that occurred in the answers to the first! There is one question above all that is the most creative of all. So complex […]

Loving the Couch: 10 Ways that Freud can Add Depth to your Characters

There are a few images so ingrained in our culture that they’re never likely to leave and one of them is therapy couch with the bearded, cigar smoking chap in a comfy leather chair saying (with a vaguely racist accent) Zo, tell me about your muzzerr… Like all stereotypical images, there is a grain of truth there but few psychologists relate […]

What I Learned About Freedom (From a Horse)

The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the […]