Listen to Blood Red on SoundCloud

Short Story, Blood Red, by FC Malby I've been recording readings of short stories and extracts of my work to SoundCloud. You don't need an account to listen. I've recently added one of my longer and earlier short stories, which you can download as an eBook. Set in Jaipur, India, this story reveals the hidden … Continue reading Listen to Blood Red on SoundCloud

What We Can Learn About Plot Writing From Thriller Series, Vigil

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

What we can learn from Beauty and the Beast About Plot, Tension and Obstacles

  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

Story is Everything

Here are 25 thoughts on creating stories, in no particular order: A lot of things have beginnings, middles and ends — but that doesn’t make them stories. True stories have two parts: first something bad happens, second something bad is fixed (or a fix is at least attempted) Plot-driven and character-driven stories don’t really exist; all stories are … Continue reading Story is Everything

Narrative Arc: Shaping Your Story

What is a story arc and why is it important? A story arc is the episodes within a storyline, the narrative structure of a book or a story (or a film, or TV series). It is the rise and fall of tension, as well as the pace and timbre of a plot. Shifts in the actions and … Continue reading Narrative Arc: Shaping Your Story