Tag Archives: plot

Raising the stakes

I’ve become a teeny-weeny bit wary of writing exercises because they can so easily become yet another excuse not to actually write. But there are exceptions! Continue reading

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Question time

Writing your Bestseller by Bernard Cornwell, Historical Novel Society (1997!) I seem to get something new out of this article every time I come across it on Twitter. Today, I focused in on Cornwall’s advice on story-telling: Every good story … Continue reading

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Dirty drafting

The beauty of this method is the lack of pressure to be perfect; perfection only creeps in by degrees much later. Continue reading

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Editing for Beginners

I’m editing for plot and pace, continuity and cohesion, balance and beauty. Continue reading

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Inspiration strikes (but how? and why?)

This time last week, I was in Spain, staying in a small hotel in Grenada. The room was tiny, the floor space almost filled with bed, miniature chair, spindly bedside table, and odd piece of furniture made up of many tiny drawers … Continue reading

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