The One Page Novel is a storytelling framework that shows you the big picture. As unlikely as it may sound, you really can condense and organise the plot of an entire novel on one sheet of paper. It was this simplification that helped me finish writing a novel for the very first time, and it… Read More
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
If you’re a new writer, a plot structure or plot formula is your shortcut to writing a great story. A plotting method can… Help you get an overview of your story. Help you figure out where to begin and end your story. Help you decide what happens next. Help you keep on track, know where… Read More
For this nicely, numerically repetitive Bloomsday (which happens to fall on a Thursday, like the original in 1904), I thought I would put together a list of resources for those who (like me) have been putting off the pleasure of reading James Joyce’s Ulysses. Bloomsday, in case you’ve forgotten, is the day on which the events… Read More
As promised, here is the 2nd and final part of my exploration of The Fool’s Journey and how the archetypal and mythical elements, and the universal imagery of the Major Arcana of the Tarot can be helpful for writers in developing character, world and story. Please read Part 1 first. If you feel the need to take notes, might I… Read More