Writing Worksheet – City Building (PDF) Three pages of questions to help bring your fictional city to life. I’ve always been fascinated by the way cities develop; how they evolve defences, infrastructure, boundaries, and districts. Where they’re built, what they’re built on, why they’re built where they’re built, who they’re built by… All these questions… Read More
As your train approaches the station, or else over the wall opposite platform 7, you can glimpse the top of Shrewsbury Jail, with its bust of prison reformer John Howard. A.E. Housman memorably wrote of the jail in A Shropshire Lad, despite never having visited Shropshire. They hang us now in Shrewsbury jail: The whistles… Read More
Writing Worksheet – Things I Love in Stories (PDF) Fill out this worksheet and keep it in your writing journal. Whenever you feel yourself growing bored with your work in progress, take it out and add a dash of something you love to brighten up your writing.
I first saw a necklace of this kind at Accessorize and was instantly taken by its genius. It came (theoretically) with all 26 letters of the English alphabet, plus the ones that were already arranged on the chain to spell, ‘make your own’. Amusingly, my box was missing the letters B and S, and when… Read More
Writing Worksheet – Love Your Antagonist (PDF) Your antagonist* is sick of being compared to your protagonist. Give him / her some love with this worksheet. Also works for your real-life antagonists! * While this worksheet has been designed for antagonists who are characters, remember that this needn’t always be the case!