I spend a lot of my life writing in so many forms: I write academically for journal articles and for my own qualifications; I write non-fictional, long form essays on popular culture for The Artifice; and I write creatively. As such I too go through patches of writer's block, of frustrations and dry spells, and also I have spent a lot of time engaging with different writing resources and reflecting on my own writing practices. I have attempted to collect here a range of ideas on the processes of writing, inspirations, and my own strategies to share with other developing writers.

The Sol Stones

The Sol Stones is a collection of woks by Sarai Mannolini-Winwood, Elizabeth Baca, Madeleine Dobson and Jib Harper developed from (and still currently running) the desire to stay in touch during the CV-19 pandemic. Inspired by regular sessions using the Uncharted World mechanics it is a science-fiction space opera of three coworkers who are thrown out of their time and place and must find a way home. Each session is represented by a collection of "artefacts" collected by an author of a later period and work together to tell the collective adventures of the three women in a narratively fragmented format. These are constructed by various members of the group and supported with images taken from Creative Commons. We hope you enjoy our story-telling.

Research Part Two: What to consider when writing popular culture articles

Researching popular culture is a fascinating activity. It requires looking at a range of sources to gain a “taste” of the cultural perceptions inherent in the work. This two part post will be looking at the key factors that need to be considered as an author when beginning to research a popular culture article.

When looking at a Hollywood blockbuster film there are a range of areas to consider:

Research Part One: What to consider when writing popular culture articles

Researching popular culture is a fascinating activity. It requires looking at a range of sources to gain a “taste” of the cultural perceptions inherent in the work. This two part post will be looking at the key factors that need to be considered as an author when beginning to research a popular culture article.

When looking at a Hollywood blockbuster film there are a range of areas to consider:

Curate a Scene

Old fashioned radio

Having trouble getting that scene to work just write? Attempt to curate the music for the scene. This is a little strategy that only works if you already know what you want to have happen but for some reason the scene just isn’t going down on the page correctly.