Category: Article

Consulting the Stars

Sometime I think that everything I ever learnt about how to write, I learnt from reading Ursula K. Le Guin novels [with humble apologies to my favourite English teacher from way back when]. Even now, I still find myself reaching for one of Le Guin’s works, not just for that spark of inspiration, but to …

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Writing Advice

One of the things I am continually asked by various writers is about how to ‘break-in’ to being published, thinking there is some hidden secret to the whole process (there isn’t, other than hard work). So I thought I’d share some thoughts and advice with you. My Advice My first piece of advice to all …

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Character Development

Or, 20 questions you should ask yourself in the creation of each of your main characters. 1. Pretend you are walking down a street, and you see your character for the first time. Describe them in one word. No matter how far fetched or illogical this initial impact may be, it may prove invaluable. Use …

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Three Act Structure

The three-act structure is a classic method of storytelling with a clear beginning, middle, and end phase. The second act is typically much longer than the others, and can be treated as two sections divided by a climactic midpoint. The outline below covers the basics, but you can add as many details as you feel …

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