Plotting

5 Visualisation Techniques To Help You Draft A Book

American writer, Mark Jenkins (The Hard Way: Stories of Danger, Survival and the Soul of Adventure) says: “Maps are essential. Planning a journey without a map is like building a house without drawings.” Writing is like a journey. Whether it’s for academic purposes, business reasons or…

How A Timeline Helps You Plot A Novel

History is neither simple nor linear, but when we show events in a line they seem to make sense. We see the results of cause and effect when we show sequences that exist in relationship to each other. We see patterns, turning points, and progressions.…

A 5-Part Story Structure For Beginners

Guest Post One of the first things we are taught in the 1st grade is how to write a good story. It makes sense because our lives are made up of stories. Each of us has a unique tale. Every day is a story with…

7 Ways To Tell If You Have Too Much Plot In Your Story

When we start to write, we often don’t think about what we’re doing. We pour our stories on to a page and hope for the best. We add characters, viewpoints, settings, and backstory, thinking that it will make sense to everybody because it makes sense…

6 Things Alfred Hitchcock Can Teach You About Writing

Alfred Hitchcock was an English film director and producer who worked closely with screenwriters on his films. The master storyteller, born 13 August 1899, died 29 April 1980, pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological thriller genres. He is best remembered for films such as…

The 7 Critical Elements Of A Great Book

I used to do manuscript appraisals when I taught creative writing full time. I would never have been able to do it without teaching, though, because teaching taught me how to become a critical reader. I learnt to observe, to critique, and to improve my…
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