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How to Write Your Fastest Story Ever

The knowledge that writing fast doesn’t mean writing bad, was one of the most important lessons I learned from NaNoWriMo. In fact, many famous novels and novellas were written in just a few weeks: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, Matthew Lewis’s The Monk, H. Rider Haggard’s King Solomon’s Mines, as well as many other works

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Mystery Writing Prompts

30 Scene Ideas for Mystery Subplots

A mystery is an easy way to add interest to an otherwise simple story. These mystery writing prompts will make you curious to know more. And your readers too! What Creates Mystery? A few elements are vital to keeping a mystery story moving forward: Questions – A single question can be enough to sow doubt

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Character Arc Development & Kurt Vonnegut's Story Shapes

Character Arc Plot & Kurt Vonnegut’s Story Shapes

A character arc is a simple way to visualise your character’s progress through the story, whether it’s a binary comparison of their beginning and end states, or a point-by-point graph of their emotional ups and downs… Last week we studied how characters change, and this week’s worksheet offers a simple method for visualising that change.

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How Characters Change - Writing Worksheet

How Characters Change

Most stories describe a character’s transformation from one state to another, and over time, storytellers have developed plot formulas to help them understand how characters change and how this change can be related to an audience.

In general these formulas guide the character through the following steps…

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The Magician - Rider Waite Tarot

discovering new reads…

It’s been a long time since I’ve listened to any podcasts, but when I received an email announcing that my favourite quarterly had started up the Slightly Foxed Podcast, I decided it was time for old habits and new reads. If you’re unfamiliar with Slightly Foxed, it’s a very down-to-earth publication that is all about the

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Writing The Underworld

The Underworld and How to Use it in Your Story

The underworld is perhaps the most important motif in mythology and literature – tied up with ideas about life, the afterlife, belief, culture, storytelling, and the psyche, it’s the setting of humanity’s reckoning with the ephemeral nature of mortality.

As writers, we can use the motif of the underworld in two aspects:

The underworld as world of adventure
The underworld as world of the dead

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Writing Ebooks

Mystery Writing Prompts

30 Scene Ideas for Mystery Subplots

A mystery is an easy way to add interest to an otherwise simple story. These mystery writing prompts will make you curious to know more. And your readers too! What Creates Mystery? A few elements are vital to keeping a mystery story moving forward: Questions – A single question can be enough to sow doubt

Read More »
Character Arc Development & Kurt Vonnegut's Story Shapes

Character Arc Plot & Kurt Vonnegut’s Story Shapes

A character arc is a simple way to visualise your character’s progress through the story, whether it’s a binary comparison of their beginning and end states, or a point-by-point graph of their emotional ups and downs… Last week we studied how characters change, and this week’s worksheet offers a simple method for visualising that change.

Read More »
How Characters Change - Writing Worksheet

How Characters Change

Most stories describe a character’s transformation from one state to another, and over time, storytellers have developed plot formulas to help them understand how characters change and how this change can be related to an audience.

In general these formulas guide the character through the following steps…

Read More »
The Magician - Rider Waite Tarot

discovering new reads…

It’s been a long time since I’ve listened to any podcasts, but when I received an email announcing that my favourite quarterly had started up the Slightly Foxed Podcast, I decided it was time for old habits and new reads. If you’re unfamiliar with Slightly Foxed, it’s a very down-to-earth publication that is all about the

Read More »
Writing The Underworld

The Underworld and How to Use it in Your Story

The underworld is perhaps the most important motif in mythology and literature – tied up with ideas about life, the afterlife, belief, culture, storytelling, and the psyche, it’s the setting of humanity’s reckoning with the ephemeral nature of mortality.

As writers, we can use the motif of the underworld in two aspects:

The underworld as world of adventure
The underworld as world of the dead

Read More »
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