August 29, 2016

We know from How Stories Really Work that fiction follows certain templates in order to be successful. Rather than detracting from the power of a tale, a fixed set of guidelines, skilfully applied and hardly ever deviated from, almost guarantees that a story will reach...

August 12, 2016

’Initially, Watchmen gained a lot of its readership because it was taking an unusual look at superheroes, but actually it was more about redefining comics than it was about redefining one particular genre,’ said Alan Moore, the famous writer of what has been called the...

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...

July 18, 2016

Successful stories ask readers four key questions:

‘What will happen next?’

This question forms the basis of even the most primitive tale or piece of drama. Keeping the reader or audience in ‘suspense’ and having them surprised by unfolding action are two signs that a st...

July 2, 2016

It’s peculiar that V’s mask from Alan Moore’s classic graphic novel V for Vendetta has become an iconic representation of the ‘Anonymous’ organisation, a real-life anarchic group operating mainly online to disrupt elements of what it perceives as the establishment. Pec...

April 29, 2016


We are all born into an already existing culture, much of which we take completely for granted. 


Take ‘comics’, for example. They have been around for all of the 21st century and most of the 20th and we see them currently being translated at an intense rate, usually w...

April 27, 2016

Having overtly replaced its lead actor (Hartnell to Troughton) in 1966 using an invented plot mechanism which opened the door to a peculiar longevity for the show, then in 1969 reinventing itself as an Earth-based series of adventures, inverting everything that had mad...

March 24, 2016

Earlier in this blog, I examined the development of the character at the heart of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, Frodo Baggins. I looked into whether or not there was anything that we could put our finger on about Frodo as a character that might explain what he does,...

March 4, 2016


The play An Inspector Calls, written by J. B. Priestley during the closing moments of the Second World War, premiered on 1 October 1946. It is set entirely within the dining-room of the middle class Birlings' house in Brumley, an invented town in the English Midlands,...

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...

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