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Mondays are Red – synaesthesia for creative writing

small-mondays-are-redIn my creative writing workshop for teenagers a week today, Aug 12th, I’ll be using extracts from Mondays are Red. Schools use Mondays are Red for creative writing lessons, too, as the weird language lends itself to exploring the synaesthete in all of us and opens up a range of powerful and fun writing tricks.

Every participant in my workshop will be given the free ebook version to read at their leisure. For the rest of you, I’m now selling it on my website, at £2.60 for a package of all three formats for every type of computer or e-reader. Perfect for young readers of 11/12+, especially if they are ready for something unusual. It’s many people’s favourite of my books. And the ebook version contains extra material, including creative writing examples from school pupils.

I get 100% of the cost if you buy from me 🙂 And it won’t be this price forever!

Do spread the word, pretty please.

Also, if you know anyone who will be in Edinburgh on THURSDAY, pleeeeease tell them about my Fleshmarket for Families event. FREE! There will be a quiz and prizes! (And you don’t have to bring a family or even a part of one.)

Interesting fact, never before revealed:

When I showed the first draft of Fleshmarket to my editor, she told me I couldn’t use synaesthesia in it. 

“What do you mean?” I asked.

“Well, you talk about things like a ‘silver smell’. That’s synaesthesia.”

“It may be synaesthesia,” I said. “But it’s how I write.” Read Fleshmarket to see who won that argument…

2 Responses

    1. Not a metaphor. It’s faux synaesthesia, of the sort that almost everyone has, and it’s why that type of writing works, because most of us can identify with synaesthetic phrases (which is what i used throughout Mondays are Red, and what i teach in classes, just to show the possibilities.) But a real synaesthete would make connections which most people don’t relate to, for example seeing the letter P as green with a mauve hue. So, in some ways, having real synaesthesia would be a hindrance to writing because a synaesthete might make a connection and feel it as real but the reader wouldn’t know what image was intended.

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