How to Achieve Plotting Perfection without Really Trying

Finding the perfect plot is something which writers agonise about, but asking yourself a few simple questions will soon help you to tease out the germ of a good idea.  Girl meets boy, girl loses boy, girl wins boy back and they live happily ever after. Think of this ...

Top Tips for Starting a Novel

I am – I think – on the threshold of starting my Next Major Work. If you detect a note of caution, it’s because I’m not absolutely certain that I’m ready to begin, even though I started making notes about possible ideas last May, so I’ve...
An Alphabet of Better Writing # C

An Alphabet of Better Writing # C

C is for Challenge…. …and, oh boy, is writing a challenge. It’s a challenge to find the time, to find the inspiration, to stop procrastinating.  It’s a challenge to dig down into the creative, tender, sensitive part of yourself that you will...

An Alphabet of Better Writing # B

B is for Back Story… In many ways beginnings are easy: you think of a dramatic moment in your story and jump in (even though it can take you a little while to find your narrative feet).  The tricky part is managing your back story. This is the information your...