July 26, 2016

Endings in stories are incredibly important, but many would-be writers get lost in a labyrinth soon after starting and never make it to the middle of their tale, much less the end.

It helps if we imagine the conclusion of a story as a resembling a giant black hole, suck...

June 18, 2016

Has anyone noticed the ever-present 'comic companion’ in successful stories? He or she is virtually the same figure from tale to tale.

Sam in The Lord of the Rings, has remarkable similarities to Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird, or Piglet in Winnie the Pooh, or Herbert in...

March 1, 2016

As we have seen in How Stories Really Work, there are four basic genres, each growing out of the kind of effect a writer wants to produce upon a reader. If the overall intended effect is to be an uplifting one, a writer needs to choose certain elements that will result...

December 8, 2015


This was the first book I wrote about the apparently hidden laws and prnciples behind the world of fiction. When I wrote that 'You have to read this to believe it! Is this the book of secret rules and guidelines handed down from great author to great author through th...

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