Photo: BBC Plot is arguably one of the most important elements of fiction writing - from it stems, the characters, the mood, the pace. It sets the scene for the whole tone of a fiction novel, so it's important to get it right. When you're writing crime or thriller novels, it is absolutely key, and … Continue reading What We Can Learn About Plot Writing From Thriller Series, Vigil
Disney's much hyped adaptation of Beauty and the Beast was released at the weekend. The film broke box office records with an estimated $170 million, making it the seventh largest opening weekend of all time. It's a story that engages your emotions and keeps you hooked to the end. I was discussing the film with someone today who … Continue reading What we can learn from Beauty and the Beast About Plot, Tension and Obstacles
Throes of Creation by Leonid Pasternak Yesterday I watched a really interesting set of readings from the Cheltenham Literature Festival. This was a special event (link to the programme will expire in 4 weeks) welcoming all six writers on the 2014 Man Booker Prize shortlist to the Festival: Joshua Ferris, Richard Flanagan, Karen Joy Fowler, Howard Jacobson, … Continue reading That Awkward Question: Where Do Writers Find Their Ideas?
What is a story arc and why is it important? A story arc is the episodes within a storyline; it is the narrative structure of a book or a story (or even a film, or a series of TV episodes). It is the rising and falling of tension, and the pacing and timbre of a plot. … Continue reading Narrative Arc: Shaping Your Story
'A story needs rhythm. Read it aloud to yourself. If it doesn't spin a bit of magic, it's missing something.' Esther Freud 'Always carry a notebook. And I mean always. The short-term memory only retains information for three minutes; unless it is committed to paper you can lose an idea for ever.' Will Self 'I always … Continue reading Writing Advice And Inspiration