March 1, 2017

Subversion can be a ‘good’ thing at certain times, when the cultural norms become oppressive, and a ‘bad’ thing when those norms are supportive and when rejecting them or undermining them would be destructive.

Take the Bible, for example. At the time when the New Testam...

February 25, 2017

Protagonists grow and change, learn and develop: the story is the soil in which they do this. They are the part of the tree which is above the ground, if you like, visibly getting bigger and more interesting as time goes on.

Antagonists refuse to change. They are someti...

February 24, 2017

Some writers ask me ‘What’s the difference between the action and plot of a novel and its ideas or theme?’

In the terms described at some length in the book How Stories Really Work, plot can be explained by talking about the things writers use to create linear motion an...

February 21, 2017

Have you ever read a book which, in the first few pages, fails to make it clear enough whose point of view in the story you should be sharing? Or what exactly is going on (in such a way as to repel you rather than intrigue you)? After even only a couple of pages, unles...

February 20, 2017

One of the primary channels between your shifting, ever-changing and elusive thought-world and the more fixed, slower-moving and fairly solid physical world is the thing called a word. Writing and thinking; thinking and writing: the only real difference between the two...

February 19, 2017

One of the most popular and highly esteemed novels in English literature, Wuthering Heights, published in 1847, sold very poorly at first and received only mixed reviews. 

Victorian readers found the book shocking with its blunt depictions of various incidents of passio...

February 12, 2017

Here are five tips to creating an outline for your story:

1. Set out five to ten pages, each headed with chapter numbers.

You can do this on a computer, or with ‘real’ paper. Realise that each chapter will expand, and will probably consist of several pages by the time yo...

February 11, 2017

Best selling author James Patterson tells us that the most common mistake writers make is not creating an outline and assures students that making outlines a routine part of the writing process will make for better books. But what exactly goes into an outline?


February 8, 2017

The Avengers, not to be confused with Marvel Comics’ superhero franchise, was what has become known as a ‘spy-fi’ British television series created in 1961 and running until 1969, produced by Associated British Corporation within the ITV network. ‘Spy-fi’ is a subgenre...

February 5, 2017

In the world of dreams, a writer often imagines that the bulk of the work is done when the first draft is complete. It’s a persistent illusion, but one which needs to be shattered.

Apart from the fact that, in practice, completing a first draft is only about 20% of the...

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