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Give Light The Time Of Day In Your Story

How do you use light in your story? Maybe it’s something you write instinctively; perhaps you haven’t given it much thought. Light comes into your story in many ways – and if you use it consciously, it can improve your novel or story. From first…

5 Visual Techniques To Bring Your Story To Life

We often ‘see’ our stories in our imagination – how a scene plays out, the weather outside our heroine’s window, face of our antagonist. But, sometimes it helps to use visual techniques to help us write our stories, novels or screenplays.  These can help you…

5 Secret Tricks To Make Your Writing Stronger

Great writing ‘pops’. It comes alive in the reader’s imagination. It sounds authentic. We believe what we’re reading – the characters become real, as does the setting, the descriptions. Over the years, I’ve collected some advice from talents much greater than mine.  I call them…
Has technology changed the way we write fiction?

Has Technology Changed The Way We Write Modern Fiction?

Has technology changed the way we write fiction? Just this weekend, I was reading a novel set in the 80s. The character was making a call on the courtesy phone aboard the Concorde before it took off. ‘Hang on a minute,’ I thought. ‘Sadly, we…

Colour Your Writing With Synaesthesia

A rare medical condition, synaesthesia is what happens when someone experiences two or more of the senses when, in fact, only one sense or sensation is being experienced. People with this condition ‘taste’ words, ‘see’ sounds or scents, and even ‘hear’ colours. For these people,…
How To Show And Not Tell In Short Stories

How To Show And Not Tell In Short Stories

‘Show, don’t tell’ is good advice for any writer, but even more so for a short story writer. The limited word count means our writing has to work harder. We really need to pack a punch. Here’s how: 1.  Express emotion as action: 2.  Choose…
Memories To Trigger Your Descriptions

Memories To Trigger Your Descriptions

Have you thought of using memories to enhance your descriptions? The sense of smell is one of the best ways to do this. The Scent Of Remembrance On Sunday afternoons, when things slow down and you can catch your breath with a cup of coffee…
The 7 Critical Elements Of A Great Book

The 7 Critical Elements Of A Great Book

What are the 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…
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