Nanowrimo – how to write a fast book

National Novel Writing Month requires you to complete a 50,000 word work of fiction in 30 days. If your typing is speedy, this is quite achievable. But what you choose to write for Nanowrimo can scupper you before you start. Follow theses guides to write a fast book. Go contemporary. I love to write fantasy, but even urban... Continue Reading →

Irony: 9 ways to develop irony for compelling stories

One of the key points in Blake Snyder's guide to writing is that a compelling storyline has something ironic about it. CS Lakin says the same thing - she demands that a story has a kicker, an ironic aspect that turns an interesting idea into a must-read one. But how do you develop situations full of irony? Here... Continue Reading →

Book blog: Save the Cat (and your logline)

If you struggle with story structure, theme, or bookending your work with definite character progression, then Blake Snyder's screenwriting guide, Save the Cat! is a must-read. I started this book last week and I've re-read parts of it so many times already, in particular his guidance on creating a killer story premise or logline. I've done... Continue Reading →

Prologues and how to avoid them – 9 ways to start at the beginning

What is it about fantasy fiction that tempts authors into creating prologues? I've come to the conclusion that it's because fantasy storylines so often depend on events long previous to the main action of the story. But readers (according to popular belief) skip prologues. They want to get to the action.  Therefore most writing advice says to avoid prologues. But how... Continue Reading →

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