Truth No. 13 – The Past can be the Present

  Have you ever experienced a visceral reaction to a place, a person, an object? If so, have you considered why? On enquiry you may discover the past has become the present. “The past is not dead. It’s not even past.” –William Faulkner A poignant thing about humans is that we seem hardwired to replay the…

Truth No. 12 – Alone and Lonely

Most adults have pondered the difference of being alone and being lonely. Simply put being alone is a state of being; loneliness is a state of mind.  But what about children, small children, children under ten? Can they articulate their feelings and are they adept at recognising when they are lonely and if so, are…

Truth No. 11 – A face that doesn’t fit

  Faces. We all have one. Whilst I am sure you have considered what your characters look like and may have described their eyes, nose, mouth, any distinguishing features, hair and facial expressions (without using cliches and overdoing it of course!), have you thought about how their faces ‘fit in’ with society or how they…

Truth No. 10 – I don’t have one

November 6th – My father’s birthday. I know this as fact, but I don’t feel it as truth, because the truth is, I don’t have a father. There is a man still alive in this world who’s sperm fertilised my mother’s egg, but this man is not my father. I don’t have one. I grieve…