March 18, 2018

If you haven't explored who your characters are, how do you know what decisions they will make? How will you know what markers to use? How a character is emotionally structured will affect their decision-making process and those decisions will create more plot.

February 4, 2018

Your climax is what your whole story should be building towards, and the conflict and tension should be rising up like a wave ready to crash on the shore. The crash occurs, the tide sweeps in until it attains its furthest reach point. Then it froths, fizzes and recedes...

May 21, 2017

One of the ongoing raging debates in fiction writing is about whether to use passive voice. The general rule is to not use it, opting for more active sentences that make your prose tighter and more vivid. And there is certainly plenty of merit in that attitude, but, as...

May 14, 2017

...Without spending a packet. *Free online resources to improve your writing.*

First of all, let’s get poetry out of the way. For you sceptics out there who ‘don’t do poetry’, just bear with me a moment.

I am no poet. But from time to time, I write poetry. Why? Because i...

March 26, 2017

Backstory is almost a swear word in some writing circles, sometimes to the point of actively campaigning to banish it. It bogs down the narrative, say some, if you have too much backstory at the beginning, it usually means you started in the wrong place. This may be tr...

February 12, 2017

However, you might not want to reduce those fans to tears. Maybe you want them to fall in love, or shit themselves with fear. So, how do you manipulate them into all those emotional corners?

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