How to write a book

10 Important Things To Remember About Scenes And Sequels

How To Master Scenes And Sequels Our lives are made up of scenes and sequels. We live through times of action and periods of reflection. Some periods of our lives seem completely action-packed and others are relatively conflict-free. Novels are also made up of these…

The Love Child – Mashing Up Wild Plot Ideas

We’ve been exploring plot ideas this month. I think that putting a magnifying glass on plot is always a good idea. Characters are vital in a story, but plot is what holds it all together. It allows the characters to come to life – with…

Angry Characters And What To Do With Them

Angry characters are characters who haven’t found a way to live in the world as it really is. They’re itchy inside their own skin. They’re good to write about. Anger can be an engine for plot, for characterisation. At the moment, I’m writing a screenplay…

The Crowded Dream: Letting Go Of Guilt

The other night, I had a vivid, unsettling dream. A lot of noisy people crowded into a small kitchen at a party. There were pineapple cocktails, loud laughter, bits of cocktail fruit on the floor – a mess. For some reason, a friend I haven’t…

10 Dialogue Errors Writers Should Avoid

Some writers love writing dialogue and others find it intimidating. Given that modern novels are full of dialogue, it is something we need to take seriously. Readers love dialogue and they often skip chunks of description to get to these exchanges between characters. A year…
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