Plotting

My Top 3 Favourite Blogs On Dialogue

Dialogue, as we all know, is a great way to show your characters interacting on the page in a way that feels realistic. It’s also a great way to bring in conflict, show character and evoke emotion. My best dialogue – well, monologue – is…

My Top 3 Favourite Blogs On Plot

For many writers, plot is often the most challenging element of writing. I know it is for me. And it doesn’t get easier. When I facilitate Writers Write, I always tell new writers that books are your best teachers – read and dissect the way…

My Top 3 Favourite Blogs On Viewpoint

A few years ago, I created a miniseries that attempts to simplify viewpoint. It’s the one thing most writers struggle with – but it really doesn’t have to be difficult. Viewpoint, quite simply, is about time and distance. How long ago did the events in…

My Top 3 Favourite Blogs On Character

We can sometimes overcomplicate or even over populate the cast of characters in our story. Which is why I’ve always tried to give other writers some tricks and techniques to help create characters that live and breathe on the page. 1.  Create Dynamics: Who Are The…

3 Exercises To Help You Create The Flow From Scene To Sequel

Scenes and sequels are the building blocks of good fiction. These exercises are designed to show the flow between the two, to help you establish a natural rhythm in your plotting. 1. Real Life, Rewritten Did something interesting, exciting or depressing happen to you this…

4 Tips & Tricks To Help You Survive Your Outline

This week, I’ve been struggling with the outline of a story. So often it seems, when planning your novel or script, you get to a point where you’re happy – or mildly satisfied – with your outline only to find a plot hole or a…

5 Ways To Add Love To Popular Genres

With Valentine’s Day upon us, I was thinking about how much we all love to go on date night or movie night on this day. So, just for some lighthearted fun this week, I wanted to have a look at how we could bring a…

9 Ways To Set Up Believable Fictional Breakups

Have you ever watched a film or read a book where the storyteller fails to break up a relationship convincingly? I think it happens all the time. It’s as if the author or screenwriter knows they need conflict, or something to happen, and they choose…
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