It’s National November Writing Month – the month when writers around the world join in a quick-fire effort to complete a story of 50,000 words in just 30 days. I’m marking it this month by re-posting some of the material I’ve published in past years to help writers get to that goal. ++++++++++++++++++++++ It’s mid-November, … More Unblocking the muse: a few writing tricks for NaNoWriMo
The best lecturer I ever had at university, Lucie Halberstam, passed away on Tuesday this week at age 87. Lucie was a consummate historian, passionate about her subject, and absolutely devoted to teaching her students. I learned a great deal from Lucie while an undergrad and subsequently post-graduate student at Victoria University in the early … More A quiet tribute to a great teacher
I read a while back that a proportion of the photos being taken these days don’t even get looked at afterwards. The advent of the cellphone camera hasn’t just killed the ‘pocket snappy’ camera, it’s thrown us into the age of disposable imagery where photographs are taken and then forgotten. It’s kind of ironic, as … More Why ‘free’ stuff destroys our sense of worth – a lesson from photography
This week’s NaNo writing prompt is a photo I took of crowds at the 2016 art deco festival in Napier, New Zealand. The festival draws around 40,000 people to central Napier, many of them in period costume – it has to be one of the largest displays of public cosplay in the world. Everybody has … More This week’s NaNo writing prompt
This week’s NaNo writing prompt is a photo I took of a 1920 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost on display in early 2016 at Art Deco weekend in Napier, New Zealand. Copyright © Matthew Wright 2016
Stuck for ideas? Here’s a photo I took inside Sir Peter Jackson’s amazing ‘Knights of the Sky’ exhibition at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre near Blenheim. This awesome 1:1 scale diorama has a story attached to it, involving a Kiwi pilot, seen here outside his aircraft, piloting it down after suffering severe control-surface damage – … More This week’s NaNo writing inspiration
This week’s writing planning prompt is a photo I took of a silver fern frond. The fern is iconic to New Zealand. Copyright © Matthew Wright 2016
This week’s writing planning prompt is a photo I took of Sydney Opera House – one of Australia’s most iconic buildings. Copyright © Matthew Wright 2016
This week’s writing planning prompt is a photo I took of a Tyrannosaur. A little one, Guanlong Wucaii. The model was 1:1 scale. I think it was a model, anyway… 🙂 Copyright © Matthew Wright 2016
When I was looking around for a new car a couple of years ago I made the difficult decision to go with an automatic. To me, autos aren’t proper cars, and they don’t require proper driving, especially with cruise control. You don’t drive them, you sit and ride in them while steering a bit. Mind … More Is driving an auto real driving?
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