Write a non-fiction piece prompted by these words by George Monbiot.
Polly was a runner- up in the Wild Words Summer Solstice Competition 2019. Here she describes her creative process. Below that, her winning submission…
In wild words moments of high tension, drama and emotion are described in detail, in order to give the listener or reader the opportunity to really feel.
There can be a myth amongst storytellers, especially novel writers, that if you are a storyteller worth your salt, you will be able to sit down and, unplanned, just write the next War and Peace.
Here are two beautiful examples of effective use of body sensations on the page. First, a few lines from the poetry of John Keats…
At Wild Words, we view your words as a wild animal, warm-blooded and dynamic. Sometimes I open workshops by asking participants ‘what’s the story that you need to tell?’
Eva Meijer, author of Bird Cottage and the upcoming Animal Languages, spoke to us about her wild self and her wild words…
The Wild Words on the page use a range of sensory data: colours, smells, tastes, sounds, textures.
The wild words on the page are a wonderful unfolding mystery. Information is revealed, according to what will impact the listener or reader most powerfully.
Wild words are tense and dramatic. This tension is partly constructed by the storyteller’s choices around point-of-view.