In Defence of Flashback

I know that some writers – and editors – view the use of flashback with some misgivings, objecting to it because the reader is made to look back at events which have already happened and therefore knows there is a positive outcome (your heroine is still alive and...
Writing a Synopsis

Writing a Synopsis

You see?  There are just the beginnings, a glimmer, of the size and shape of my shed; an intimation of the height of the structure and the amount of space it will take up, as well as an impression of how it will sit in the garden, of its location. It’s a little...

Structure — Keep It Simple

Yesterday I was reflecting on the fact that overwritten prose is no substitute for truth in writing – it’s a law which I think applies on the macro as well as the micro scale.  Just as an overblown phrase or paragraph can be used to compensate for a lack...

Plot Structure — Preludes and Aftermaths

Following on from last week’s post about how you need a turning point in your story to bring about change, I’ve been thinking about preludes and aftermaths and that you shouldn’t neglect either of these in your eagerness to concentrate on the main...
Another brick in the wall

Another brick in the wall

Structure is something I really struggle with, to me it is the hardest thing of all.  It’s a bit like trying to put a tent up in a high wind, you just get one bit staked down and then the wind gusts and another bit goes billowing off beyond your reach. I find it...