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written by Dmitri Gheorgheni which have appeared in The Post.

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Column Subjects
08.08.11De facto Fictionalising
15.08.11How to Build a Character Who Doesn't Fall Apart in Two Paragraphs
22.08.11Show and Tell
29.08.11Know your Audience
05.09.11Being There
12.09.11When in the Woods, Do as the Woodsies do
19.09.11Trading Licks
26.09.11How to Be a Literary Imposter
03.10.11Visualising the Black Box
17.10.11Xenoglossophobia, or Dealing with Oodle-Doodle-Flip
24.10.11How to Watch Television (for Writing Practice)
31.10.11How to Write a Horror Story
07.11.11How to Stalk the Wild Idea
14.11.11The Universes we Make
21.11.11Taming the Rewrite Monster
28.11.11How Reliable Is Your Narrator?
05.12.11Your Character's Passport Photo
12.12.11Getting the Holiday Right
19.12.11Writing the Three-Hanky Story
16.01.12Stealing from RL
23.01.12Stealing from RL: Stealing History
30.01.12Stealing from Yourself
13.02.12How to Be a Ferguson
20.02.12Talking the (Local) Talk
27.02.12Taking Your Characters Down a Peg
05.03.12Offing Your Villains
12.03.12Youthful Characters
19.03.12Moral Issues
26.03.12The Rules of the Game
02.04.12Getting from Here to There
09.04.12Voices from the Past
16.04.12Cussing A Blue Streak
23.04.12Remaining Neutral in the Gender Wars
30.04.12Dressing Your Characters
07.05.12My Normal, Your Normal
14.05.12Laughing With or Laughing At?
21.05.12Let's Pretend
28.05.12More Thoughts on Laughter
04.06.12The Quantum Moment
11.06.12Fun with Trope
18.06.12Background Music
25.06.12What are Editors Good for?
02.07.12Darwinian Writing
09.07.12A Google Challenge
16.07.12Reading and Writing about Science
23.07.12Digging Deeper
30.07.12Writing for the Edited Guide
06.08.12Writing the Other
13.08.12Going for the Gold
20.08.12What I'm going to read this summer
27.08.12Mis-Fitting your Characters
03.09.12Firing Chekhov's Gun
10.09.12Terse or Worse?
17.09.12Adventures in the Skin Trade
24.09.12Writing out of Time
01.10.12Messing About with History
08.10.12Using Picture Prompts
15.10.12Attention-Getting Headlines
22.10.12Chipping Away at the Writer's Block
29.10.12Halloween Space Party
05.11.12Changing Hearts and Minds
12.11.12Cluing the Reader In
19.11.12What's hot, what's not
19.11.12 (Extra) How to Have Fun with NaJoPoMo: A Subversive's Guide
26.11.12 Mental Maps
03.12.12 Where do you keep your notes?
10.12.12 How to Accentuate the Positive
17.12.12Christmas cards
24.12.12Inventing Santa Claus, and Other Christmas Writing Humbug
31.12.12How to Be Witty
07.01.13Pushing the envelope
14.01.13Exaggerating for Effect
21.01.13Living on writer time
28.01.13Stepping into a Different Stream
04.02.13Too Many Cooks
11.02.13A Pinched Idea
18.02.13Reasoning Backwards
25.02.13Depth of Field
04.03.13Where Do You Get Your Ideas?
18.03.13What the Edited Guide Needs
25.03.13Spring Cleaning Checklist
01.04.13Winning Book Ideas
08.04.13Staying on Message
15.04.13Tolerance, Curiosity, and the Both/And
22.04.13Follow The Money
22.04.13Save the Planet
29.04.13How to Let People Know You Are Witty
06.05.13The Sacredness of Laughter
13.05.13Why Do You Write?
20.05.13Building Your Mythology
27.05.13 Location, Location, Location.
03.06.13 Mining Memory
10.06.13 Writing Tolerance
17.06.13 Learning from the Best
24.06.13 How to Get That Tune Out of Your Head
01.07.13 The Strategies of Men and Women
08.07.13 Writing Mental Pain
15.07.13 Having Your Cake and Eating It
22.07.13 Drinking from an Empty Cup
29.07.13 Writing Terror
05.08.13 Writing the Times
12.08.13 Mash It Up
19.08.13Listen to the Music
26.08.13Being a Nature Lover
02.09.13Results of the Mash-Up Challenge Dmitri Gheorgheni with Freewayriding and minorvogonpoet
09.09.13How Not to Be a Travel Bore
16.09.13Getting the Religion Right
23.09.13Re-Purposing Memory
30.09.13Don't Forget the Food
07.10.13Defective Detectives
14.10.13The Telling Detail
21.10.13Strong, Talkative Types
28.10.13The Horror, the Horror
04.11.13Writing Revealing Prose
11.11.13Bang the Drum Slowly
18.11.13Made to Be Broken
25.11.13Old Tales Retold
02.12.13Writing Peacefully
09.12.13Ripped from the Headlines
16.12.13Not Talking to Yourself
23.12.13The true meaning of...
30.12.13Ring Out the Old, Ring in the New
06.01.14Exercising Your Historical Imagination
13.01.14Writing Purposefully
20.01.14Making a Short Story Long
27.01.14Applied Research Exercise
03.02.14Organising Your Thoughts
10.02.14Attention-Seeking Behaviour
17.02.14Keep 'Em Laughing
24.02.14Gee, We Love That Kind of Talk
03.03.14What's Their Motivation?
10.03.14Exercising Empathy
17.03.14Back-Vectoring the Story
24.03.14The End and the Beginning by Freewayriding
24.03.14Dreaming Up Plots
31.03.14Blah Blah Ginger
07.04.14Einstein's Hobby
14.04.14In Your Own Words
21.04.14Weather Writing
28.04.14Grown-up Entertainment
05.05.14Writing Without Sexism
12.05.14Treating Your Subject Well
19.05.14True to Life
26.05.14The Landscapes of Your Mind
02.06.14The Reveal
02.06.14Willem's Challenge
09.06.14Knowing When to Stop
09.06.14Twin by Florida Sailor
09.06.14The Power of Art
16.06.14 I am Neither of One Kind by FWR
23.06.14 Face of a Ghost by Willem
23.06.14Gimmick or Productive Plot Device?
30.06.14Fiction as Teacher
14.07.14The Not-So-Great American Novel
21.07.14Precision Prose
28.07.14Beyond Words
04.08.14Columbo's Dog and Chekhov's Gun
11.08.14Bringing People Together
18.08.14If You Had a Hammer
25.08.14Responsible Criticism
02.09.14Corroborative Detail
08.09.14Last Meals and Other Teachable Moments
15.09.14Information or Misinformation?
22.09.14Making It Exciting
29.09.14Changing Things
13.10.14The Patina of Science
20.10.14Fear in a Handful of Dust
03.11.14Keeping Track
10.11.14Watching Your Symbolism
24.11.14Showing Research
01.12.14Mining Social Media
01.12.14December Reading Tip: Ghosts in the Library
08.12.14December Reading Tip: Ghosts, Just for Laughs
08.12.14The h2g2 Post Guest Lecture: Dorothy Scarborough on Science Fiction
15.12.14Looking Up and Around
22.12.14Holiday Originality
29.12.14Messages in Bottles
05.01.15Describing the Unseen
12.01.15Op-Ed Extra: Why Write for the Guide?
12.01.15Talking to, or Talking at?
19.01.15Epic, Shmepic
26.01.15Kentucky Johnson and the Kitchen Gadget of Doom by Freewayriding and Willem
26.01.15Provoc, Anyone?
02.02.15Getting the Real Stories
09.02.15Handling the Past
16.02.15Pheromone Control
23.02.15Show Your Work
03.03.15Inconsequential Moments
16.03.15Writing That's Good for Something
23.03.15Purple History
30.03.15Are People the Same Everywhere?
06.04.15Digging Up the Obscure, and Making It Interesting
13.04.15Writing by Autohypnosis
20.04.15Listening for Research
27.04.15A Fresh Pair of Eyes
04.05.15How Not to Lose the Reader
12.05.15Waste Not, Want Not
18.05.15How Not to Lose the Reader, Part II
25.05.15Two for the Price of One
01.06.15First Sentences
08.06.15Last Words
22.06.15Fun with Editing
29.06.15Knowing Where to Kick
06.07.15Rename That Tune
13.07.15Despise Not the Day of Small Things
20.07.15What Kind of Porn Are You Writing?
27.07.15To Jump or Not to Jump (Over One's Own Shadow)
03.08.15The World as It Is, or As It Should Be?
10.08.15Slippery Memories
17.08.15Rules of the Game
24.08.15Source Material
31.08.15Hook, Line, and Sinker
07.09.15Travel or Tourism?
14.09.15Bucking the Trend
21.09.15The Insidious Invasion of the Bloodcurdling Apocalyptic Terrorist Cadaver
28.09.15Runaway Imaginations
05.10.15An Exercise in Description
12.10.15Feeding the Soul
19.10.15A Call to Arms
02.11.15On Not Being Stingy
09.11.15NaJoPoMo Update: What's Up in Journals
09.11.15The Thousand Words Challenge
16.11.15Magpies Anonymous
23.11.15Culture Gap
30.11.15In Praise of O Henry
07.12.15'Tis the Season
14.12.15Christmas Resistance
21.12.15A Christmas Story for You
28.12.15What's New About History?
04.01.16Alternate (Sur)Realism
11.01.16Writing Sociably
18.01.16How Do You Think You Think?
25.01.16For Whom the Bell Tolls
01.02.16Getting an Education
08.02.16Greatest Hits Challenge
15.02.16Clever Ideas
22.02.16Write Like Charlotte
22.02.16Greatest Hits Challenge: A Sweeping Tale
29.02.16Taking Your Work Seriously
07.03.16Greatest Hits Challenge: Motorway Cafe
07.03.16Inverting the Pyramid and Other Tricks of the Trade
14.03.16Good Neighbours
21.03.16Gaining New Perspectives
28.03.16Sing, Sing a Song
04.04.16What's That You Say?
11.04.16New Day, New Theme
18.04.16Slow News Day
25.04.16Dodgy Sources and Temporal Provincialism
02.05.16Odd Inspiration Challenge
09.05.16What Not to Do
16.05.16Seeing Things in Perspective
23.05.16Complicated or Complex?
30.05.16Story Ideas, Episode 42
06.06.16Extremely Extreme Action
13.06.16Runaway Analogies
20.06.16Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch...
27.06.16To Do Good and Communicate
04.07.16Preaching to the Choir
11.07.16Changing the Conversation
18.07.16Shifting Gears
25.07.16Failure of Imagination
01.08.16Minimising Teacher Talking Time
01.08.16Time Travel Book Offer
08.08.16The Train of Thought
15.08.16State-Dependent Skills
22.08.16How to Be Satirical
29.08.16On Not Cutting to the Chase
05.09.16Answering 'Why' Questions
12.09.16Get Back on the Horse
19.09.16How to Become a Raconteur
26.09.16The Sublime Inspiration of Slavoj Zizek
03.10.16The Ghosts of Traumas Past
10.10.16Writing Piano or Organ?
17.10.16Watching the Parade
24.10.16Character Counts
31.10.16Change One Thing
07.11.16Adding Flavour
14.11.16Lazy Writer Day
21.11.16Personal Touches
21.11.16Writing Right Challenge: Lazy Writer Day, triumphantly conquered by Freewayriding
05.12.16How 'Intellectual' Is Your Humour?
12.12.16Going Mythological
19.12.16Imaginative Commitment
26.12.16Our Hearts Will Go On?
02.01.17Default Faulty
09.01.17Noticing the Odd
16.01.17Out of Place Characters
23.01.17Do People Really Act Like That?
30.01.17When the Story Gets Out of Control
06.02.17Thinking About Thinking
13.02.17Pith and Vinegar
20.02.17Dreams in Trumpland
27.02.17Check Your Readability
06.03.17Telling the Truth
13.03.17Setting Our Own Agenda
20.03.17More Entertaining Than Fiction
27.03.17Fact Checking for Grownups
03.04.17Sneaky Morals
10.04.17Staying in Your Own Lane
17.04.17From the Ridiculous to the Sublime
24.04.17Starting with a Bad Idea
01.05.17The Importance of Importance
15.05.17Bearing Witness
22.05.17Completing the Thought
29.05.17Influential Snark
05.06.17It's Extraordinary What You Can Learn from Cheap Fiction
12.06.17Writer Agnosticism
19.06.17What Goes on in Your Mind?
26.06.17The Function of Memory
03.07.17Working on Empathy
10.07.17Writing That's 'Good Enough'
17.07.17Documenting a Documentary
24.07.17Writing in the Moment
31.07.17Ripped from the Headlines Redux
07.08.17Tarting Up Your Travel Writing
14.08.17Verbosity Alarm
21.08.17Writing That's 'Just Right'
28.08.17When Everything Is Not OK
04.09.17Tuning Your Voice
11.09.17And Now, for Something Useful
18.09.17Don't Be Discouraged
25.09.17Tranquil Restoration
02.10.17And Now for Something Useful, Part II
09.10.17Play Me a Memory
16.10.17The Empathy Trap
23.10.17The Urge to Share
30.10.17Avoiding Writer OCD
06.11.17Sufficient Unto the Day
13.11.17To Tell the Truth
20.11.17Verbal Practice, Solo Version
04.12.17Taking Pity on the Reader
11.12.17Deck the Halls
18.12.17The Mysteries of the In-Joke
25.12.17Humour and the Safe Place
01.01.18Beyond Opinion (New Year's Edition)
08.01.18Tossed Salad or Savoury Stew?
15.01.18Deconstructing Christmas Presents
22.01.18How to Write a Nuance
29.01.18More Nuance
05.02.18What's So Funny About Peace, Love, and Understanding?
12.02.18Writing Contradiction
19.02.18Manufacturing Conflict
26.02.18How to Be Funny Without Worrying About Political Correctness
05.03.18Getting from Here to There
12.03.18On How You're Not Alone in the Chatroom
19.03.18Getting Inside Royal Heads
26.03.18Why Mark Twain Is Good for You
02.04.18Alien Anthropology
09.04.18Self-Presentation in Writing
16.04.18Sorting Out This 'Research' Business
23.04.18Who Do You Quote?
30.04.18The Seth Meyers Paradigm
07.05.18Choosing to Believe
14.05.18Invitation to Read
21.05.18How Not to Speak Snark to Power
28.05.18Take Three Steps
04.06.18Why More People Don't Keep h2g2 Journals
11.06.18Memories of Sunlight
18.06.18Dealing with Information Overload
25.06.18Changing Directions
02.07.18You Can't Please Everybody
09.07.18Experimenting with Thoughts
16.07.18Adventures in Pornography
23.07.18Why Practise?
30.07.18How Not to Be a Humour Bully
06.08.18Writing a Plot That's More Believable Than What's Happening Right Now
13.08.18Supporting Characters
20.08.18Writing with Desire
27.08.18Writing How
03.09.18Writing and Re-Writing
10.09.18Where Stories Come From
17.09.18Why Read, Why Write?
24.09.18Hurting (and Feeling Good) in Places You Didn't Know You Had
01.10.18Writing When You Know Too Much
08.10.18Just the Facts, Ma'am (or Sir)
15.10.18What Is This Story About?
22.10.18Writing Evil
29.10.18Dealing with Real Characters
05.11.18Getting Out of the Way of the Story
12.11.18Dealing with Real Characters
19.11.18Your Truth, My Truth, Everybody's Truth
19.11.18Descriptive Writing Exercise
26.11.18Direct Download?
03.12.18Broad-Spectrum Writing
10.12.18How to Avoid Giving Your Characters Porn Names
17.12.18Fictional Exemptions
24.12.18The Categorical Imperative
31.12.18You Can Quote Me on This
07.01.19How to Reference Without Being Self-Referential
14.01.19Practice Your Peterman Style
21.01.19Complicating the Picture (Is a Good Thing)
28.01.19Room for Improvement
04.02.19Implied Assumptions
11.02.19Collateral Damage
18.02.19The Lineaments of Gratified Desire
25.02.19Inviting Reader Sympathy
04.03.19Learning the Art of Good Snark
11.03.19Free Sources of Great Dialogue
18.03.19Watching People Think
25.03.19Applying the Lasso of Truth
01.04.19Talk Among Yourselves
08.04.19The Morec and How to Avoid Getting Caught in It
15.04.19Stealing Bad Behaviour
22.04.19That's So Five-Minutes-Ago
13.05.19What Do They Think They're Doing?
20.05.19Respecting the Truth
27.05.19Twists and Stuff
03.06.19Stranger Than Fiction, Srsly?
10.06.19How We Know Stuff
17.06.19Necessary Violence
24.06.19It's Not About Happy or Sad
01.07.19Making It Interesting
08.07.19Stepping Out of the Main Stream
15.07.19Making the Connection(s)
22.07.19Moments of Decision
05.08.19The Noir Challenge
12.08.19How Not to Write Propaganda
19.08.19Getting in Touch with the Feelings
26.08.19What Kind of Writer Do You Want to Be?
02.09.19Art or Entertainment?
09.09.19Reminisce, Why Dontcha?
16.09.19Borrowing Behaviour
23.09.19Significant Actions
30.09.19Slow Down, You Move Too Fast
07.10.19Going Beyond
14.10.19Tossing Out What-Ifs
21.10.19Questions of Identity
28.10.19'Just-Right' Writing
04.11.19Do They Know That?
11.11.19What's the Monster About?
18.11.19What Are the Monsters About? (II)
25.11.19What Are the Monsters About? (III)
02.12.19A Day in Hooverville, and What We Learned There
09.12.19What Are the Monsters About? (IV)
16.12.19Emotional Archaeology
23.12.19Where Is Home?
30.12.19Bridging the Divide
06.01.20Exploring New Ground, Over and Over
13.01.20Droning On and On
20.01.20'Splaining and How to Avoid It
27.01.20Sundry Writing Observations
03.02.20Warp and Weft
10.02.20Was du ererbt hast
17.02.20Getting Past Our Projections
24.02.20Exorcising Ghosts (Sort Of)
02.03.20The Horror of TL;DR
02.03.20Supplement: What Mabel Saw
09.03.20Blood in the Gutter
16.03.20Who Knows/Thinks What?
23.03.20State-Based Learning, and How to Avoid It
30.03.20It's the Way You Tell It
06.04.20Inner Resources
13.04.20Political Correctness Is a Moveable Feast
20.04.20Characters in Isolation
27.04.20Normal Quirks
04.05.20Folk with Tales
11.05.20Write Your Own
18.05.20Herding Cats
25.05.20Less Plot, More Meaning
01.06.20How Not to Write Like Snuffles the Dog
08.06.20How to Write a Classic
15.06.20A Novel Suggestion
22.06.20If You See Something, Say Something
29.06.20Designing Thought Experiments That Make a Difference
29.06.20The Puddle's Tale
29.06.20Humility and Puddles (by Robbie Stamp)
06.07.20Baggage Handling
13.07.20Art v Entertainment
20.07.20Reclaiming Our Punctuation
27.07.20Manipulative Writing (The Good Kind)
03.08.20How to Roleplay in Your Head
10.08.20Something Old, Something New

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