22 06, 2016

The Three-Act Structure: Obsolete or Essential?

By | 2017-09-05T13:42:55+00:00 June 22nd, 2016|Novel Writing|0 Comments

The three-act structure has a distinguished history. It was first described in Aristotle’s Poetics well over 2000 years ago, and the idea has since been refined by playwrights of the 19th century, as well as screenwriters of the 20th and [...]

8 06, 2016

Make Your Novel Great – Develop Your Premise

By | 2017-09-05T13:43:08+00:00 June 8th, 2016|Novel Writing|0 Comments

Essentially, the premise of your novel is the answer to the question 'What is it about?'. In his provocative book Save the Cat, Hollywood screenwriter Blake Snyder compares the premise of a story to DNA, meaning that it's the fundamental [...]

23 05, 2016

Intelligent Design: 5 Ideas to Help You Create Mind-Boggling Fantasy Creatures

By | 2017-09-05T13:43:15+00:00 May 23rd, 2016|Novel Writing|0 Comments

It’s not easy playing god. Any writer worth their salt will tell you that creating plausible fantasy creatures is hard work, and usually takes considerably longer than seven days. Unlike a real deity, you don’t have to magic them into [...]

17 02, 2016

5 Reasons Your Self-Published Book Isn’t Selling

By | 2017-09-05T13:43:40+00:00 February 17th, 2016|Novel Writing|0 Comments

If you want your self-published book to sell (and gain good reviews) then the minimum you need is a good story that's been well edited, all wrapped up in a good design. As a professional editor, it's my job to [...]

29 04, 2015

Tell It Slant – An Alternative to ‘Show, Don’t Tell’

By | 2017-09-05T13:45:59+00:00 April 29th, 2015|Novel Writing|0 Comments

American poet Emily Dickinson once wrote: ‘Tell the truth, but tell it slant.’ Before we consider what this means to fiction writers, first let’s think about what makes good descriptive writing. What makes a good description? Good description draws a [...]

24 02, 2015

How to Increase Your Writing Confidence When You Feel Like a Failure

By | 2017-09-05T15:49:49+00:00 February 24th, 2015|Novel Writing|10 Comments

You may not know this about me, but I’m both an editor and a writer. A couple of years ago, I had a crisis of confidence. I had a handful of short stories and poems published, an MA in creative writing, [...]