Essential writing skills: giving your style eyebrows

One of my favourite composers, Frank Zappa, used to refer to the interesting add-ons in his music as ‘eyebrows’. The unexpected bits that make you sit up and listen. It’s true for writers too. I’ve blogged about this before, but it’s well worth repeating. When you style your work, eyebrows are important. That doesn’t mean … More Essential writing skills: giving your style eyebrows

Sun, style and heat in the ‘Art Deco Capital of the World’

Late every summer, thousands of people pour into Napier, New Zealand, to dress up in golden age Hollywood costume, cavort about in vintage cars, and generally have a good time. The annual ‘Art Deco Weekend’ has been a fixture on the city calendar for more than a quarter of a century. It’s the latest re-invention … More Sun, style and heat in the ‘Art Deco Capital of the World’

Write it now: voice and style in action

It seems to me that writing style differs from voice. To me, voice is the framework authors use to express themselves, the characteristic ‘sound’ that identifies their work, conceptually, as theirs and sets it apart from that of other authors. Style is the detail of how that expression takes place, word by word, and it can vary – indeed, some authors … More Write it now: voice and style in action

Write it now: hair gel for your writing style

There’s no question that author writing style is integral to their wider brand. It’s not the only ingredient, but certainly one of the main components. Well known writers inevitably carry a distinctive style – a voice – that marks their writing. And this is seldom an accident. Hemingway, for instance – whose styling helped set … More Write it now: hair gel for your writing style