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Creative Writing: WB Yeats, Maud Gonne, Iseult Gonne

Talking About “Her Secret Rose” at the Triskele Literary Festival

Just out: Footage of the Historical Fiction panel at The Triskele Literary Festival in London, back in September. Together with Radhika Swarup, JD Smith and Alison Morton, I was interviewed about the joys of writing historical fiction. Between us, we covered 3rd Century Syria (Jane) to late 19th Century Ireland (me), from the Partition of India (Radhika) to the Roman Empire re-imagined in the 1960s (Alison), all interviewed by literary novelist, Jane Davis. I spoke about writing Her Secret Rose, a behind-the-myth look at the relationship between the poet WB Yeats and his muse, the Irish revolutionary, Maud Gonne. This…

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Creative Writing: How To Write Haiku

Haiku of the Week Features: Silence

Park silence. / Birds and leaves have flown the frost / exposed nest. Now Your Turn: Capture a moment of creative presence: Write a 3-7-3 or a 5-7-5 haiku. Here’s how. Use the 13 or 17 syllables to give a short summation of a moment: what you saw, heard, touched, tasted or smelled. Turn the moment in time into an image. Don’t tell us what happened, show us. Don’t tell us how you felt. Trust the images, the sense perception, to hold the emotion. A good haiku conveys a mood, without mentioning the person or mood. Every place, every moment in…

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Creative Writing: How To Write Haiku

Haiku of the Week Features: Stones

Hollowed out / By the turn of wave and wind / A stone eye. Now Your Turn: Capture a moment of creative presence: Write a 3-7-3 or a 5-7-5 haiku. Here’s how. Use the 13 or 17 syllables to give a short summation of a moment: what you saw, heard, touched, tasted or smelled. Turn the moment in time into an image. Don’t tell us what happened, show us. Don’t tell us how you felt. Trust the images, the sense perception, to hold the emotion. A good haiku conveys a mood, without mentioning the person or mood. Every place, every moment…

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Creative Writing: How To Write Haiku

Haiku of the Week Features: Fuschia

Outstaying / summer, fuschia still flush in / November. Now Your Turn: Capture a moment of creative presence: Write a 3-7-3 or a 5-7-5 haiku. Here’s how. Use the 13 or 17 syllables to give a short summation of a moment: what you saw, heard, touched, tasted or smelled. Turn the moment in time into an image. Don’t tell us what happened, show us. Don’t tell us how you felt. Trust the images, the sense perception, to hold the emotion. A good haiku conveys a mood, without mentioning the person or mood. Every place, every moment in time, is full of…

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November 24, 2016
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Creative Writing: How To Write Haiku

Haiku of the Week Features: Hyde Park

In Hyde Park / a cup of sky, pooled and held / in water. Now Your Turn: Capture a moment of creative presence: Write a 3-7-3 or a 5-7-5 haiku. Here’s how. Use the 13 or 17 syllables to give a short summation of a moment: what you saw, heard, touched, tasted or smelled. Turn the moment in time into an image. Don’t tell us what happened, show us. Don’t tell us how you felt. Trust the images, the sense perception, to hold the emotion. A good haiku conveys a mood, without mentioning the person or mood. Every place, every moment…

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A packed house at the Carousel Awards
Creative Publishing: WB Yeats, Maud Gonne, Iseult Gonne

What Winning the Carousel-Aware Prize For Independent Fiction Means To Me

On October 25th, which also happens to be the night the Man-Booker prize winner was announced this year, I won my own first prize as a novelist. It’s not likely that you’ll have heard of that award, for three reasons. It’s an Irish prize, this is its first year in existence, and it’s a prize for independent author-publishing. So minority, all the way. But the award ceremony was packed, delivered to the room full of fervent book-lovers you see above. And I couldn’t have been happier about it, had it been the Man-Booker itself. And when, next day, I received a beautiful…

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Creative Writing: How To Write Haiku

Haiku of the Week Features: November Trees

November / trees let brown and orange leaves / fall like tears Now Your Turn: Capture a moment of creative presence: Write a 3-7-3 or a 5-7-5 haiku. Here’s how. Use the 13 or 17 syllables to give a short summation of a moment: what you saw, heard, touched, tasted or smelled. Turn the moment in time into an image. Don’t tell us what happened, show us. Don’t tell us how you felt. Trust the images, the sense perception, to hold the emotion. A good haiku conveys a mood, without mentioning the person or mood. Every place, every moment in time, is…

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Creative Living: Be More Creative, Excerpts

Today’s Book Extract: From The Psychology of Creative Success

The field of creative studies is enjoying a huge upsurge, with research coming to new conclusions and confirming ancient wisdoms. One finding is surfacing over and over, across a wide range of studies, including  anecdotal evidence, historical reports, the new neuroscience technologies, and our ability to map the world’s knowledge through digital archives and search engines. Creative flow is not, as we used to think, an elite state, possessed only by a few, but  a mind state that we all experience many times a day. Though writers and artists earn the appellation as a noun (“creatives”),  creative is more accurately…

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Creative Writing: F-R-E-E Writing

Today’s Free-Writing Prompt: Thoughts About Writing In Your Life

Today’s F-R-E-E-Writing exercise is about writing and F-R-E-E-Writing itself. After listening to Show Episode from the Frankfurt Book Fair about writing and publishing a book, F-R-E-E-write your thoughts about whether you would like to write a book… and about writing generally. Do you like to write? Why? What kind of writing? What is your writing history? Can you remember learning to write? Who taught you? Was it fun? Did you like writing at school? Why? What do you think of the act of F-R-E-E-Writing itself? What might it do for you? How might it support the other things you want to create in…

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Haiku of the Week Features: Moonlight

Beach bonfire / Flaming the water, turning / moonlight red. Most days I share my #creativemoments on Instagram. I’d love to know about yours.  Share a picture of something you’ve made, an experience you’ve enjoyed, or a moment of creative presence. To ensure I see your posts, hashtag #creativemoments or #gocreative and tag me: @ornaross

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