Category Archives: craft

Giving the game away (nearly)

Forget that spoiler alert! Go on, do it! It’s time to give away the story! What? Give away the story? Or at least part of it? Am I being serious? Strangely yes. This week reading June by Miranda Beverley-Whittmore, I … Continue reading

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On finding the plot

If you’re like me and plot isn’t your thing, you may not know it yet, and unlikely as it may seem, you need The Plot Whisperer by Marsha Alderson. Amazon describes it as a “plotting system that’s as innovative as it … Continue reading

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How very difficult it is…

This morning I came across an article in Marie Claire which had been shared on facebook. It’s by author, Merritt Tierce, whose first novel, Love Me Back, was published to huge critical acclaim in 2014. I’d recommend reading the whole … Continue reading

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Lipo for Manuscripts

When an editor asks you to shorten your work by 15% it’s not out of cruelty, although it might seems so. Here’s an easy fix to trim down and help avoid head n’ heartache: cut adverbs and consider removing the words … Continue reading

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A fictional guide to editing your writing?

Is it weird to take advice on editing from a fictional character? I think that’s weird, right? But when that fictional character is (maybe) based on Martin Amis and the author behind the character is novelist David Mitchell, perhaps it’s … Continue reading

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Setting prompt

The following excerpt from Cynthia Bond’s powerful new novel (you heard it here) Ruby makes a great prompt to start a story or just tackle a familiar setting in a new way. Read and model your writing as closely as … Continue reading

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Monday prompt on a Wednesday (oops)

So we have my mother-in-law over from the UK and I am not keeping up my self imposed blogging schedule, but here are a couple of writing prompts and some thoughts based round the writing of Jhumpa Lahiri whose novel, … Continue reading

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Pica prompt

Here’s a prompt, prompted by discussion at this morning’s writing session 🙂 Write about a character who has the disorder pica – where a person has an appetite for a non-nutricious substance. Like wool. And if wool doesn’t appeal, here … Continue reading

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Something for the weekend #31

There’s a story here. There’s a hundred stories here. I came up with picture because I was thinking about a story I HOPE KATHY IS WORKING ON (!!) on about a girl who finds something she shouldn’t in a storm … Continue reading

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Writing prompt – The Rift

Yesterday we started with a prompt to help plot a story. It’s a quick one: you name your character, give them a couple of traits, a setting and a problem. You think up three events and a possible solution. Although … Continue reading

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