The more I write, the more I am aware of the variety of elements involved in creating a compelling story. These elements are all individual parts but they have to be pulled together to work effectively. Alone, each part would sound musical, lyrical, but together they create a depth of sound which cannot be created … Continue reading What Do Authors Have in Common with Orchestra Conductors?
Long before the first word of a novel is written down, there is an original seed, a thought, a scene which plants itself in the author's mind. Once there, it grows and evolves into possibly a longer scene, a chain of ideas, a few characters and events, and maybe a whole novel. The question is … Continue reading Sewing the Seeds of an Idea: When to Start Planting
“Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.” ― Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing Character description is crucial to a good story that is both readable and convincing. For a reader … Continue reading Creating Believable Characters
I drove past a beautiful old building this morning with incredible detail around the windows. When I looked again, the inside had been completely demolished and was being gutted and restored. From the outside it was a beautiful picture of fine architecture and decadence, an eye-catching building which stood out from the rest, but from … Continue reading Warning: Structural Work Needed – Plotting Your Novel
Leave it to rest Once you have finished your manuscript it's really important to put it down and have a break from your 'world' of characters and plot. If it's a work of non-ficiton this rule still applies. You have spent years, or at the very least months, working on this book and it needs … Continue reading 3 things to remember when editing your book