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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…

Write Your Novel In A Year – Week 5: What Will Happen Next?

Welcome to week 5 of Anthony Ehlers's series that aims to help you write a novel in a year. Read last week's post here. Goal setting Expanding the beginning, middle, and end of your synopsis. Develop a theme for your novel. Experimenting with viewpoint or viewpoints for your…

5 Surprisingly Simple Ways To Subvert Stereotypes In Stories

Haven’t I Read That Somewhere Before?  Recently I started working on an outline for a story about a detective. He is young, idealistic, ambitious. He is partnered with a new copy — who is older, cynical, resigned. I know what you’re thinking. ‘Isn’t that like…

The Pros And Cons Of Writing In Third Person

I have discussed first and second person during the last two weeks, this week I want to talk about third person. Remember, the viewpoint you use will either bring your readers closer or take them further away from your story. First and second, for example,…
The Pros And Cons Of Writing In Second Person

The Pros And Cons Of Writing In Second Person

A week ago I discussed writing in first person. As I said, the rules are there to be manipulated and this week I’d like to discuss second person. There is a trend towards using second person in parts of a story, but only you will…
The Pros And Cons Of Writing In First Person

The Pros And Cons Of Writing In First Person

Last week I wrote about the different viewpoints, this week I want to discuss first person in more detail. The more I study viewpoint the more apparent it becomes that there is no right or wrong. But there are pros and cons and whether or…

A View To A Skill – 4 Viewpoint Choices For Writers

Ok, so this post has nothing to do with James Bond and everything to do with viewpoint. For most writers, viewpoint is instinctive. We tend to use the viewpoint we are most comfortable with. Take a look at your favourite books, the ones you tend…
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